The Phoenix Symphony to close with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1

Maestro Tito Muñoz (Submitted photo)

Maestro Tito Muñoz (Submitted photo)

Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz closes out The Phoenix Symphony’s Avondale Toyota Classics Series with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and Bruch’s first violin concerto.

The events are on May 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. in Scottsdale, and May 22 at 11: 00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. and May 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., in Phoenix.

In Maestro Muñoz’s final Classics concert of his debut season, he presents Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, a musical journey of triumph over death.

Giora Schmidt (Submitted photo)

Giora Schmidt (Submitted photo)

Violinist Giora Schmidt makes his Phoenix Symphony debut performing Bruch’s enduring first violin concerto.  Mr. Schmidt has been praised by the ‘Cleveland Plain Dealer’ as “impossible to resist, captivating with lyricism, tonal warmth, and boundless enthusiasm.”

The program opens with ‘Finding Rothko’, an enchanting piece reflecting on four of the abstract works by Russian artist Mark Rothko by the young American composer, Adam Schoenberg.

Friday morning’s Coffee Classics performances feature one hour of music selected from the weekend’s program.

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