The Phoenix Symphony Adds Special Encore to April Concerts

Record-Breaking Crowds Encourage Orchestra to Perform an Audience Favorite Following Each Concert in April

PHOENIX (EVLiving.com) - In appreciation and thanks for the outpouring of community support and loyalty from the Symphony’s new audiences and long time patrons, Michael Christie has announced that during the month of April, the orchestra will perform a special encore selection following each of the Classics concerts.

“We want to embrace the tremendous buzz we are experiencing this spring, so we thought it would be appropriate to kick off the April encores by performing Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Flight of the Bumblebee following the April 2-3 Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances concerts. This is such a beloved, whimsical piece, perfect for spring and provides a great opportunity to showcase the orchestra’s tremendous skill and technical abilities and to celebrate achieving these sales. We will play our hearts out and let our fingers fly to show our immense gratitude to all of the people who come out to our performances to enjoy great music. Let the buzz continue!” - Michael Christie, Virginia G. Piper Music Director. Throughout April, The Phoenix Symphony will follow each April classics concert with a select audience favorite performed as an encore.

Despite the economic slowdown, The Phoenix Symphony is experiencing record attendance at its concerts, with sales for single tickets up nearly 10% over last year. The Symphony is on track to achieve its single ticket sale goals for the year which will exceed last year’s record breaking year. This bucks the trend American orchestras are reporting from all across the country: 76% of orchestras are expecting shortfalls in single ticket sales this year.

The Phoenix Symphony has been enjoying record sales for both its classical and pops concert series, including an all-time high week of ticket sales reached during its Pops concert in March as well as several sold-out classical concerts in February including Stravinsky’s The Firebird and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto.

The Phoenix Symphony’s April classical concerts include Rachmaninoff’s i (April 2-3), Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 (April 9 & 11), i (April 23 & 25), Saint-Saën’s Organ Symphony (April 30 & May 2). Tickets range from $22 - $72. In addition, The Phoenix Symphony’s 2009/10 Season has just been announced, with season tickets ranging from $80 “choose your own” packages to subscriptions including the full Symphony season. Tickets are available at www.phoenixsymphony.org or by calling 602-495-1999.

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