Press Release: Inaugural Concert


Press Release: Inaugural Concert

August 28, 2018
Joy Fitzpatrick

Arizona Philharmonic Debut Declared a Triumph

PRESCOTT— Arizona Philharmonic debuted to an enthusiastic Prescott audience that offered four separate boisterous and standing ovations.

The community is buzzing after Sunday’s inaugural concert with a full house at the beautiful Yavapai College Performing Arts Center. High praise is erupting from both musicians and audience members.

“In my time attending and performing at the Yavapai Performing Arts Center, I have never seen an audience so enthralled. It felt as though the packed house was hanging on every note. Some of the pieces performed were so emotional. you could tell the audience was feeling it right alongside the exceptionally talented musicians. It was truly magical.” -Joanne Cole, founder of Lonesome Valley Brewing, vocalist, and patron of the arts.

“Prescott has added immeasurably to Arizona’s musical landscape by launching the wonderful Arizona Philharmonic. The spirited music-making of the players along with the amazing artistry of solo pianist James d’Leon and marimba virtuoso Maria Flurry made yesterday’s inaugural performance an extraordinary experience!”-Peter Bay; Music Director, Austin Symphony and Arizona Philharmonic concert conductor.

Celebrity spokeswoman Toni Tennille of the Grammy Award-winning musical duo Captain and Tennille joined the Arizona Philharmonic Launch Team in support of the symphony’s goals to bring a permanent professional orchestra to the Central Highlands of Arizona. As a singer who performed classic jazz standards with orchestras across the United States, she appreciates how important a first-rate orchestra is to a community.

“The presence of a permanent orchestra raises the musical profile of a region,” Ms. Tennille said. “Having a professional level orchestra attracts businesses, tourism, and also attracts major performers who require a quality backup orchestra.”

Ms. Tennille graciously assumed the role of announcing the dedication of the concert to the memory of Sen. John McCain at the outset of the evening.

Fondly known as “AZ Phil,” this regional professional orchestra offers a ground-breaking business model for orchestras.  The collaborative effort of multiple Yavapai County-based musical entities enables Arizona Philharmonic to offer a four-concert season contract to musicians.

Organizations using Arizona Philharmonic for their concerts this season include: Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC), Yavapai College Master Chorale, Prescott Chorale and Chaparral Arts. Other arts ensembles within Prescott will hire “extra” musicians from Arizona Philharmonic’s roster as needed. In addition, Arizona Philharmonic will present one or more independent concerts each year.

This season’s schedule includes support of performances of Handel’s “Messiah,” J. S. Bach’s “Magnificat in D” and “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1,” and Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” with Ballet Victoria.

Chaparral Arts, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation, currently serves as Arizona Philharmonic’s nonprofit fiscal agent.

For more information on Arizona Philharmonic, season schedule, and ticket information, visit



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