Arizona Philharmonic debuted in a performance of “Currents,” an original symphony created by local composer and New Orleans native Henry Flurry, about the devastation of the city by Hurricane Katrina. The opening movement Fanfare for My City (1999) won a competition call for fanfare submissions from the Louisiana Philharmonic. The concert included Ragtime Dances for Marimba and Orchestra.
AZ Phil’s inaugural concert to a full house at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center represented years of efforts to fill a need in Prescott and central Arizona for a professional orchestra. AZ Phil supports a wide cross-section of arts organizations, including Yavapai College, Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, and Prescott Chorale.
In its first year, AZ Phil supported Prescott Chorale for its Bach Festival, Yavapai College Choral Union for the awe-inspiring performance of Handel’s Messiah, and Yavapai College Performing Arts Center for “Carmina Burana,” performed with Ballet Victoria and the choral union. AZ Phil is helping Prescott to build and maintain a strong and diverse orchestra scene.