The Phoenix Symphony Announces 2020/2021 Season

The Phoenix Symphony has announced its upcoming 2020/2021 season, full of classic, pops and contemporary works. Kicking off Sept. 19, the season is focused on highlighting the talents of its musicians in residence.

Guests will be treated to masterworks from iconic composers like Beethoven, Dvořák and Tchaikovsky, along with new and diverse compositions from contemporary artists like “Mariachitlán” by Juan Pablo Contreras, whose piece was nominated for the Latin Grammy for “best arrangement,” and “Entr’acte” by Caroline Shaw, the youngest composer ever to win a Pulitzer Prize.

“We are privileged to have world-renowned musicians right here in Phoenix. But, for them, it’s not just about magnificent performances in Symphony Hall. They are an extraordinary group of individuals who, when they are off stage, passionately support our health and wellness initiatives, harnessing the healing power of music to help vulnerable members of our community.”

Suzanne Wilson, CEO, The Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony is also participating in the Ear Shot competition which involves workshopping and crafting an entirely new composition in partnership with the American Composers Orchestras.  

Photo by Manuel Nägeli on Unsplash

Highlights of the season include:

  • The Best of Dvořák, presenting his underperformed Violin Concerto featuring our acclaimed Concertmaster Steven Moeckel.
  • Symphonic World Premiere of Dai Fujikura’s “Viola Concerto” featuring Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti a (“leading composer-performer,” The New York Times).
  • Aretha: A Tribute, which honors The Queen of Soul and features Broadway sensation and music powerhouse Capathia Jenkins.
  • The Music of Queen, celebrating the genius of Freddie Mercury through his greatest hits like “We Will Rock You,” “We Are the Champions” and “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and much more.
  • Cirque Holiday Spectacular, back by popular demand, with Troupe Vertigo’s gravity-defying circus acts, performances of seasonal favorites like “White Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” and beloved movements from masterpieces like “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker.”
  • Tchaikovsky and the Italian Masters highlighting Tchaikovsky’s cyclical Symphony No. 5, Verdi’s ominous and striking “Fate” motif from “Forza del Destino,” the luscious and yearning melodies of Puccini’s “Intermezzo” from “Manon Lescaut,” and Rossini’s “William Tell Overture,” one of the most recognizable finales in all opera overtures.

For more info, to learn about The Phoenix Symphony’s health and wellness programs, or to purchase tickets, visit

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