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Event: Phoenix Symphony

Venue: Phoenix Symphony Hall

Category: concert

Date: Friday September 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.

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The Phoenix Symphony is a major United States symphony orchestra based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Founded in 1947 when Phoenix had a population of less than 100,000, the orchestra began as an occasional group of musicians performing a handful of concerts each year. Today, the orchestra appears before 300,000 subscribers, ticketholders, and music enthusiasts each year, offering 275 concerts and presentations in an annual season running from September to May.
Based in Phoenix Symphony Hall (opened in 1972, renovated in 2005, and seating 2,312), the 76-member ensemble is Arizona's only full-time, professional orchestra. The Phoenix Symphony operates on an annual budget of more than $8 million and is supported by ticket sales and private and corporate contributions, as well as by public funding provided through the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Phoenix's Office of Arts and Culture.
The symphony offers classical and pops concerts in downtown Phoenix as well as symphonic and community presentations in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott, and other locations throughout central Arizona. As part of its educational and community engagement activities each season, the symphony performs annually for more than 70,000 students representing 265 schools.
Classical guest artists have included Mstislav Rostropovich, Shlomo Mintz, Emanuel Ax, Van Cliburn, James Galway, Horacio Gutierrez, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, André Watts, Sarah Chang, Olga Kern, Karen Gomyo, Pinchas Zukerman, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Hugh Downs. Doc Severinsen was the principal pops conductor of the orchestra from the 1983-84 season through the 2005-06 season, and guest pops artists have included Sandy Duncan, Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Bobby McFerrin, Andrea Marcovicci, and Peter Nero.
Michael Christie (born Buffalo, New York, 1974) was named music director of the Phoenix Symphony in 2005 and, as a token of gratitude for his eight years of work as maestro of the symphony, the board of directors of the Phoenix Symphony named him music director laureate in 2013.
In February 2014, the orchestra named Tito Muñoz as its 11th music director to succeed Christie.


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Phoenix Symphony Hall

Phoenix

Phoenix, United States

Symphony Hall is a multi-purpose performing arts venue, located in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
It was completed in 1972, as part of the Phoenix Civic Plaza and quickly became the home ... (read more)
Symphony Hall is a multi-purpose performing arts venue, located in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona, United States.
It was completed in 1972, as part of the Phoenix Civic Plaza and quickly became the home of the People's Pops Concert, founded in 1970 by Theresa Elizabeth Perez, Music Coordinator for the City of Phoenix (1969-1983.) Prior to Symphony Hall opening, the Pops Concerts were performed at Phoenix College. Theresa's Children's Opera Series (Help, Help, the Globolinks! Noye's Fludde and Beauty is Fled) were also presented at Symphony Hall.
It is home to the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona.
It is also the site for Broadway touring companies, a variety of dance productions, and appearances by popular entertainers, as well as the location for business seminars, and convention general sessions.
In June 2004, a $18.5 million renovation took place, in conjunction with the construction of the neighboring Phoenix Convention Center West Building.
Symphony Hall now features 2,387 chairs, with wood bases for better acoustics. Reconfigured main-floor cross aisles, additional elevators and a new wheelchair seating section, greatly improve accessibility for patrons with disabilities and updates compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. There is a 60 foot x 100 foot stage area, high technology acoustical, lighting, rigging and sound systems, a Green Room, rehearsal hall and star, chorus and musicians dressing rooms.
It has been designated as a Phoenix Point of Pride.
In popular culture, Phoenix Symphony Hall appears in the Clint Eastwood film The Gauntlet (1977), where it is used as the exterior of "Phoenix City Hall." Eastwood's bus crashes onto the steps of Symphony Hall at the climax of the movie. John Stewart's live album, The Phoenix Concerts, was recorded there.
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