Yavapai Symphony Association Announces 2019-20 Season of Classical Music

The Yavapai Symphony Association is pleased to announce the schedule of seven classical music concerts in Prescott, with all performances taking place at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. While the Phoenix Symphony will be returning this year performing five of the seven concerts, the Siberian State Symphony Orchestra will also be included with a performance on March 11, 2020 and the Arizona State University Symphony will be presenting a concert on April 5.

“We know how much our audiences enjoy traditional classical repertoire,” said Arlon Inman, president of the Association. “We’ve made some major changes so that we can offer more favorite classics from composers like Mendelssohn, Schumann and Mozart. It’s the type of music Prescott audiences will enjoy.”

The inaugural concert takes place on Sunday, October 6 with the Phoenix Symphony presenting a stunning performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No 21 by pianist Xuesha Hu.

The Phoenix Symphony returns for the season’s second performance on January 19, 2020, with Tito Munoz conducting. The orchestra’s principal cellist Melita Hunsinger will play Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor and the orchestra will play two pieces by Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4, the Italian Symphony and Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream. The orchestra returns on February 23, with Matthew Kasper conducting. Violinist Adrienne Finet will be performing Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor and the orchestra will play a piece by his sister, the lesser known Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Overture in C. The concert culminates with Robert Schumann’s final symphony, No. 3, the “Rhenish” Symphony.

On Wednesday, March 11 at 7:00 PM, the 80-piece Siberian State Symphony Orchestra from Krasnoyarsk, Russia will perform an all-Rachminoff program – Piano Concerto No 2 and Symphony No 2. Tito Munoz and the Phoenix Symphony return on March 29, performing Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, the “Reformation” Symphony, and Symphony No. 2 by Schumann.
Sunday, April 5 brings the ASU Symphony Orchestra to Prescott, directed by Francisco Hernandez Bolanos. In addition to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Weber’s Overture to Der Freischutz, Aoshang Li, the winner of the 2019 ASU Concerto Competition will be performing Piano Concerto No. 1 by Franz Liszt.

The grand finale of the season takes place on May 3. Tito Munoz will return with the Phoenix Symphony to perform Beethoven’s first Symphony No 1. The orchestra will also shine with Rachmaninoff’s popular Vocalise. Joyce Yang, 2005 Van Cliburn Piano Competition silver medalist will perform the most challenging and impressive Piano Concerto No. 3, also by Rachmaninoff.

“We’re most excited about this upcoming season and the additions of the ASU Symphony and the Siberian State Symphony Orchestras,” added Inman. “This concert series promises to be one of the best programs offered by YSA in our 53 years of bringing quality classical music to Prescott.”

All concerts take place at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. YSA is now accepting orders for season tickets. A seating chart is available to review at the YSA office, 228 N. Alarcon Street in Prescott. Single concert tickets will be available for sale beginning the last week of August 1. Additional information can be obtained by calling YSA at (928) 776-4255 or visiting the association’s website www.yavapaisymphony.org.