Announcing Season 73!
If the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra has one goal in mind for Season 73, it’s to be a way for our community to reconnect with their inner world at the symphony. According to Johns Hopkins medicine, “Research has shown that listening to music can reduce anxiety, blood pressure, and pain as well as improve sleep quality, mood, mental alertness, and memory.” Symphony concerts provide a comfortable and meditative space for you to be present in your mind and body, as well as an opportunity to slow down and notice the way listening to and observing music affects you.
This season has something in store for everyone. If you find solace in the timeless classics, care about diverse representation, are interested in how science and art reflect each other, or are a film aficionado, there is a concert for you! Keep reading for an overview of Season 73: Be Here Now.
Friday, September 30th kicks off Season 73 with the first of our Masterworks Series: Brahms, Barber, and Biegel. Buckle in and prepare to blast off with FSO on a journey through outer space! As a special tie-in to the Flagstaff Festival of Science, we are proud to present Daniel Perttu’s “A Planets Odyssey.” In this piano concerto, guest artist Jeffrey Biegel will take you on a voyage through our solar system that explores the unique properties and characteristics of each planet. You’ll also experience the vibrant intensity of Samuel Barber’s Second Essay for Orchestra and the romantic fire and energy of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony in this season’s opening concert.
On October 28th, the FSO is thrilled to highlight the culture of the traditional Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos with our concert, “Celebraciones!” in collaboration with the Museum of Northern Arizona’s “Celebraciones de la Gente.” Joining us for this spectacular celebration of Mexican music and composers will be Flagstaff’s own Ballet Folklorico de Colores, presenting a traditional Mexican folk dance to José Moncayo’s classic Huapango.
The FSO and Northern Arizona University’s Community Music and Dance Academy will continue our yearly collaboration to present The Nutcracker Ballet. These festive holiday performances will be on December 2 and 3 of this year. An add-on to the season subscription, tickets for the performances will be available for purchase through the NAU Box Office.
The Masterworks Series resumes again on Friday, January 20th with Classical Music Goes West! The FSO will perform Aaron Copland’s Billy the Kid, Elmer Bernstein’s suite from The Magnificent Seven, and Music Director Charles Latshaw’s own arrangement of melodies from Puccini’s masterpiece La Fanciulla del West. This concert features a violin concerto, The Rose of Sonora, by film composer George Clinton, and guest artist Holly Mulcahy, the violinist for whom the piece was written. Full of unexpected twists and turns, The Rose of Sonora takes the audience on an emotional journey featuring “the characters and scenes of one woman’s Wild West.
John Williams’ film scores have the power to warm hearts and make them beat faster—often at the same time! In this concert on February 18th, FSO pays tribute to the man who was voted the most popular living composer. Come dressed as your favorite film character for The Best of John Williams and be transported by this enchanting and nostalgic trip through John Williams’ legendary catalogue. You will experience your favorite movie moments all over again—performed live by your FSO!
Our season 73 finale is Haydn and Beethoven: Victory in Times of Struggle on April 14th. Prepare to be engulfed in a larger-than-life choral sound when NAU Shrine of the Ages, directed by Timothy Westerhaus, joins the FSO to perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s hopeful Missa in Angustiis (Mass in Troubled Times), also known as the “Lord Nelson” mass. In the same spirit of victory, the orchestra presents Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, a twisting journey of tension, beauty and uncertainty that arrives at one of the great victorious resolutions in the classical repertoire.
In addition to the Masterworks series, the FSO would like to introduce the Max Jerrell Community Concerts, four free and open to the public chamber concerts! These concerts will be donation only, shorter, more casual than the symphony concerts, and held in smaller venues around town. Stay tuned for details!
Finally, FSO subscribers enjoy a range of exclusive benefits and rewards including:
– 15% off Full Season 5 Concerts Masterworks Package.
– 15% off Choose 3 or 4 Concerts Masterworks Package.
– 15% off Special Add-On Concerts – The Nutcracker Ballet
– Choose the shows you want and add on tickets at your subscriber discount throughout the season.
Subscribers also receive:
– FREE and easy ticket exchanges.
– FREE lost ticket replacement
– One Missed Concert Voucher to redeem after a missed concert.
– Exclusive invitations to special events, open rehearsals, and more.
To become a subscriber, download our season brochure, and follow the instructions for how to complete and mail your subscriber form.