Scottsdale Philharmonic performs free symphony concert Feb. 22

Scottsdale Philharmonic will perform its third symphony concert of the season 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 22 at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale.

The seasoned orchestra’s artistic excellence will showcase inspiring works by the classic composers Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Grieg and Puccini, and will feature a solo singing performance by Valley music professional Ken Goodenberger.

Ken Goodenberger currently serves as director of music at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West and is the artistic director of the West Valley Chorale.

Ken Goodenberger currently serves as director of music at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West and is the artistic director of the West Valley Chorale.

From a whirlwind of dark terror to a free wheeling virtuosic fantasy, this will be a diverse program of well-loved classical pieces.

“This will be a wonderful concert program with Ken Goodenberger who is an accomplished tenor, and award-winning Qingqing Ye on the piano – it doesn’t get much better than this,” commented Scottsdale Symphony Executive Director Carl Reiter.

Following two previous successful seasons of capacity audiences, Scottsdale Philharmonic began its third season (2014-2015) performing in a larger auditorium selected to accommodate the full-house audiences which have grown each year.

Scottsdale Bible Church, with seating for over 1,800, and outstanding acoustics, is the new location for the popular symphony’s schedule of three free concerts.

This season also includes two benefit concerts presented at the beautiful Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Scottsdale Philharmonic concert performances at Scottsdale Bible Church are free to the public with VIP tickets available for a $15 donation for reserved limited seating.

The professional symphony orchestra is made up of all volunteer musicians.

Guest soloist Ken Goodenberger has been a prominent member of the musical scene in Phoenix for over 30 years. He is a well-rounded musician, who is active as a conductor, choral clinician, voice teacher, actor and singer. All of his musical endeavors are dedicated to making music of the highest caliber accessible to students, choirs and audiences.

Mr. Goodenberger currently serves as director of music at Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church in Sun City West, directs the Shir Ami Choir for Temple Kol Ami High Holidays, and is the artistic director of the West Valley Chorale.

Guest artist is pianist Qingqing Ye. Mr. Ye has appeared with the “Morningside Music Bridge” International Music Festival in Canada and at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in Maine where he also served as instructor.

He began his piano training at age of four receiving his bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Bowling Green State University under Maxim Mogilevsky and master’s degree in piano performance from Northwestern University under Alan Chow.

The mission of Scottsdale Philharmonic is to enhance the cultural environment of the City of Scottsdale and surrounding area with a professional symphony orchestra performing traditional classical music concerts without charge to the public, making classical music available to audiences of all ages.

Scottsdale Philharmonic is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation. Visit www.ScottsdalePhilharmonic.com.

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