Scottsdale Philharmonic presents free concert Oct. 8

The Scottsdale Philharmonic (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Philharmonic is continuing its tradition of offering free concerts to the public with a Sunday, Oct. 8 event at Scottsdale Bible Church, 7601 E. Shea Blvd.

Conductor Ajay Patel will head the professional musicians that make up the Scottsdale Philharmonic in performing four classical music selections:

  • Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto No.2, with a solo performance by Pianist Qingqing Ye;
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No.1;
  • Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture; and
  • Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance No. 2 E-minor op46.

The doors will open at 3 p.m., with the concert starting at 4 p.m.

Pianist Mr. Ye is an internationally acclaimed artist and performs regularly with the orchestra. He does his Doctoral work in piano performance at Arizona State University, according to a press release.

Qingqing Ye

The Scottsdale Philharmonic is committed to bringing free concerts to everyone. This is its mission statement created by Joy Partridge, president and co-founder, along with Carl Reiter, music director and co-founder.

“It is rare in the Valley that the public can enjoy free, professional, classical performances,” Mr. Partridge said in a prepared statement. “We have over 120 volunteers which include 75 professional musicians, board members and concert volunteers who share their time and talent for each concert. We are also grateful for our many sponsors who help cover the expense to continue to bring classical music to people of all ages!”

Concerts are free but VIP preferred seating is offered with a $15 donation. Coming up, the Scottsdale Philharmonic will present a Beethoven concert with 60 Chorale singers on Sunday, Nov. 19 at the Scottsdale Bible Church, in addition to a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

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