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

Amidst the many challenges these past months, The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra has remained determined to keep the music alive! We’ve made the decision, due to Coronavirus- imposed restrictions, that both of the fall concerts will move to backup dates already scheduled in March and May (See revised schedule below.) The health and safety of our patrons continues to guide our planning and deliberate decision making on upcoming programming.


Home for the Holidays

We’re excited to announce our Home for the Holidays Virtual Gala on December 12, 2020, featuring performances from our talented FSO musicians, interviews with conductor Charles Latshaw and special guest artists, along with fun holiday presentations to celebrate the season.


The Nutcracker Ballet

Between Dec. 18 – 31 enjoy a virtual performance of the Nutcracker Ballet with spectacular music by Peter Tchaikovsky performed by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.
Featuring Charles Latshaw, FSO Music Director and Conductor as well as captivating choreography by Andrew Needhammer directing the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy.
Tickets: $25 single 72-hour access to the video. Ticket link available soon.

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!

Celebrating Beethoven
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

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

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