Phoenix Symphony hosts record-breaking Opening Weekend


The Phoenix Symphony’s Annual Chairman’s Reception kicked off Opening Night weekend Friday, Sept. 16, at the offices of Squire Patton Boggs with panoramic views of the Valley.

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz, President and CEO Jim Ward, Arizona Coyotes Captain Shane Doan and Phoenix Symphony Board of Directors Chair John Graham met with Phoenix Symphony board members and supporters to celebrate Maestro Muñoz’s third season.

While guests enjoyed wine and hors d’oeuvres, Maestro Muñoz discussed his vision for this season, which is infused with young, American composers like Nina Young, who was present at the reception and whose piece, Remnants, was performed at Opening Night.

During the presentation, special guest conductor Shane Doan joined Maestro Muñoz at the podium and they exchanged gifts, a baton for Mr. Doan and a jersey for Maestro Muñoz.

After the reception, guests made their way to Symphony Hall for Opening Night, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.

To officially begin the Opening Night concert Mr. Doan guest conducted “The Star Spangled Banner.” With three performances this year Opening Weekend had record ticket sales and attendance.

The Symphony is thrilled to recognize National Bank of Arizona and the Arizona Coyotes as presenters of Opening Night.

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