Coming up at The Phoenix Symphony in October

The Phoenix Symphony (Submitted photo)

The Phoenix Symphony (Submitted photo)

The Phoenix Symphony is to have the following upcoming concerts during the month of October.

The Phoenix Symphony is Arizona’s largest performing arts organization. Founded in 1947 as a part-time orchestra in a city of fewer than 100,000 people, The Symphony has grown to become Arizona’s only full-time symphony orchestra. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 602-495-1999 or visit 

Tribute to the Brave

What: The Phoenix Symphony kicks off its 201-16 APS Pops Series with a dynamic multi-media experience in tribute to all who have fought for the freedoms we enjoy and those who revere our country’s great history. Westwater Arts returns to Phoenix with powerful symphonic photochoreography, using hundreds of rare photographs from the Civil War, WWI and WWII that will be projected on screens above the orchestra.

Who: Jacomo Bairos leads The Phoenix Symphony.

When and Where: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 and 3, and Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix

Respighi’s Pines and Fountains of Rome

What: Michael Christie returns to The Phoenix Symphony to conduct Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poems Fountains of Rome and Pines of Rome. This program also features Verdi’s powerful Overture to his opera La forza del destino and the world premiere of Symphony No. 5 by Daron Hagen, commissioned by The Phoenix Symphony.

Who: Music Director Laureate Michael Christie leads The Phoenix Symphony and mezzo soprano Victoria Vargas.

When and Where: 11 a.m. Oct. 9 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 and 10, at Symphony Hall.

Halloween at Hogwarts

What: The Hogwarts Express returns to Symphony Hall this Halloween from its 2013 and 2014 sold-out performance in an entirely new format, expanded for fans of all ages. Join The Phoenix Symphony as this year’s musical potion offers a full-length concert of seasonal selections, even more memorable music from the Harry Potter films and an all new spooktacular dose of magic.

Who: Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper leads The Phoenix Symphony.

When and Where: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Orpheum Theatre.

The Sound of Speed 2: Concert and Street Festival

What: After the successful 2014 debut of The Sound of Speed, The Phoenix Symphony brings a world-class concert and street festival celebrating the collision of cars, racing and music back to downtown Phoenix, presented by Barrett-Jackson Auction Company.

Who: Barrett Jackson Auction Company and The Phoenix Symphony team up once again.

When and Where: Oct. 24 at Symphony Hall. Barrett Jackson’s Pit Road Street Festival begins at 3:00 p.m. The Sound of Speed 2 concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

Star Wars: The Music

What: Get into the intergalactic spirit with a family performance dedicated to the music of Star Wars. This epic adventure invades Symphony Hall with John Williams’ acclaimed music including “Main Theme” and “Imperial March.” Patrons of all ages are invited to come dressed as their favorite Star Wars character. Remember to arrive an hour early for pre-concert activities. Tickets start at $11.

Who: Newly appointed Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper leads The Phoenix Symphony.

When and Where: 2 p.m. Oct. 25, in Symphony Hall.

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