2020–2021 | Season 71

Charles Latshaw, Conductor and Music Director

All evening concerts will begin at 7:30pm in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

The Dec. 5th Saturday matinee for the Nutcracker Lollipop is at 2pm and the “Broadway Classics” matinee on Saturday, Feb. 20th, 2021 is at 3pm

Upcoming Concerts and Events


Beethoven Virtual 5K

July 18th

In honor of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra invites you to take part in a fun, community-wide event, the Beethoven 5k virtual race Saturday, July 18, 2020! Whether your speed is andante, allegro, or presto, anyone can participate in the virtual run from anywhere.

The FSO’s virtual Beethoven 5k race is a perfect chance to breathe fresh air, remain physically distant while virtually coming together for a great cause. For only $30, you can join the FSO on July 18 and support the Symphony during this challenging time!

Participants in the FSO’s Beethoven 5k virtual race will receive numerous perks including a pre-run bib, personalized with their name on it, a custom-designed Beethoven 5k running mask; and a finisher’s certificate. As a bonus, participants also get a live recording of a Beethoven- inspired 30-minute spin class to do from home!

Thank you to our sponsor: AWD LAW, Northern Arizona’s Law Firm. Visit their website at www.awdlaw.com


Flagstaff Symphony Guild Home Tour


“The Flagstaff Symphony Guild Annual Home Tour has been canceled for 2020, and will resume in 2021. If you would like to contribute to the Guild in support of the FSO, please contact Mary Hostetler at 928 522-0549. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.” The FSO Guild.

Celebrating Beethoven

September 25, 2020
(Backup date – March 12, 2021)

Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday with the most famous movements from four of his nine symphonic masterpieces in a “Symphony of Symphonies.” Also included in this electrifying program is Beethoven’s heroic “Emperor’s Concerto” with pianist Jeffrey Swann, and American composer Michael Torke’s ingenious homage to Beethoven titled Ash.
Michael Torke – Ash
Ludwig van Beethoven – “Symphony of Symphonies”
Symphony No. 5, Mvt. I – Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 7, Mvt. II – Allegretto
Symphony No. 4, Mvt. III – Menuetto
Symphony No. 3, Mvt. IV – Finale, Allegro molto
Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5,
Jeffrey Swann, piano

October 23, 2020 (Backup date – May 14, 2021)

In collaboration with the Museum of Northern Arizona’s “Celebraciones de la Gente,” the FSO is thrilled to highlight the culture of the traditional Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos. Joining us for this spectacular celebration will be Flagstaff’s own Ballet Folklorico de Colores, presenting a traditional Mexican folk dance to Jose Moncayo’s Huapango.
Arturo Rodríguez – Mosaico Mexicano
Manuel Ponce – Poema Elegíaco
Arturo Márquez — Danzón No. 2
Juventino Rosas – Sobre las Olas
Jose Moncayo – Huapango
With Ballet Folklorico de Colores
Michael Giacchino – Suite from Coco

Peter Tchaikovsky
The Nutcracker Ballet
December 4/5, 2020

Featuring Northern Arizona University’s Community Music and Dance Troupe

Musical Stories
January 22, 2021

A magical program showcasing some of the most beloved children’s stories depicted in the orchestral repertoire, including Peter and the Wolf, conducted by special guest Daniel O’Bryant from NAU, with FSO’s Maestro Charles Latshaw narrating. The program will also feature talented string students from throughout the region performing alongside our FSO professionals.
Gioachino Rossini – Overture to “The Barber
of Seville”
Maurice Ravel – Ma mère l’Oye (Mother
Goose Suite)
Sergei Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf, op. 67
Daniel O’Bryant, Conductor
Charles Latshaw, Narrator
Georges Bizet – Carmen Suite No. 1
Johannes Brahms – Hungarian Dances

Broadway Classics
February 20, 2021

Special Saturday Matinee Performance
Special matinee concert featuring Broadway stars Andrea Burns and Nicholas Rodriguez performing classic hits from Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Bring the whole family to an afternoon salute to the golden age of Broadway!

Mother Earth
April 16, 2021

A unique concert and discussion focused on the importance of everyone’s role in protecting our environment and the precious planet we all share, with a specific focus on two related emergencies, public health and climate change. In addition to the performance of Haydn’s monumental work, The Creation, performed by The Master Chorale of Flagstaff and the Shrine of the Ages choir from Northern Arizona University, and conducted by Dr. Edith A. Copley, the program will feature a panel before the concert of environmental, science and public health experts discussing these existential issues.
Franz Joseph Haydn – The Creation
Edith A. Copley, Conductor
Christine Graham, Ricardo Pereira,
Robert Saunders, Soloists
Master Chorale of Flagstaff
Shrine of the Ages Choir