Vote Online for FSO Gala Dance Teams!

To vote online:

Please visit the NAU Central Ticketing Office here.

To purchase tickets online:

Please visit the NAU Central Ticketing Office here or call 928-523-5661

 

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Gala, entitled “Dancing For Our Stars” is taking on the adventurous task of adding a dance competition to the night’s events!

5 teams, comprised of local celebrities, will each dance for 90 seconds in an effort to fundraise for the FSO. Voting for the team of your choice can be done online at any time from now until April 8th.

Once the Gala begins on April 8th votes can only be made in-person. The dance team with the most votes will be deemed the winners at the close of the competition.

To read more about the 2017 Gala, including who the local celebrities are, what items will be included in the live auction portion of the evening, and more, please follow the link here.

 

Fourth, and final, Conductor Candidate To Give Vision Statement on 03/09/17

Join us for a presentation by Daniel O’Bryant, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. O’Bryant will give his vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Thursday, March 9th at 2pm. He will present his vision for the future of the orchestra as well as his proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will also have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there (coming soon!)

Discover more about our audition season!

Third Conductor Candidate To Give Vision Statement on 2/16/17

Join us for a presentation by Lidiya Yankovskaya, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Yankovskaya will give her vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Thursday, February 16th at 2pm. She will present her vision for the future of the orchestra as well as her proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there!

Discover more about our audition season!

Second conductor candidate to give Vision Statement 1/26/17

Join us for a presentation by Darko Butorac, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Butorac will give his vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Thursday, January 26th at 2pm. He will present his vision for the future of the orchestra as well as his proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there!

Discover more about our audition season!

First Conductor Candidate To Give Vision Statement

Join us for a presentation by Charles Latshaw, one of four finalists for the position of Music Director of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Latshaw will give his vision statement in the Branigar-Chase room at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Wednesday, October 19th at 2pm.

Mr. Latshaw will present his vision for the future of the orchestra, as well as his proposals for programming for the 2017-18 season.

There will be a Q&A and a reception with refreshments following the presentation. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback via email.

This event is free and the public is invited to join and participate. Visit our Facebook event to tell us you’ll be there!

FSO Announces new Executive Director

FLAGSTAFF SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES RICHARD LANE AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

 FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA (October 6, 2016) – The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra announces that Richard R. Lane will assume the position of Executive Director on November 1, 2016.

“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Lane to Flagstaff as the FSO enters its 67th year,” says Helen Hudgens Ferrell, Board President of the Flagstaff Symphony Association.” He brings great enthusiasm for classical music as well as a breadth of experience in managing nonprofit organizations.”

Arriving from Salt Lake City, Lane has served for 25 years in senior management positions for performing arts organizations. He was Major Gifts Officer with the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera, Interim Executive Director of the Santa Fe Concert Association, Development Director for the Finger Lakes Museum of Culture & Natural History, Managing Director of the Tulsa Ballet, Company/Tour Manager for Ballet West, and Operations Manager for Miami City Ballet. He has also been a grants panelist for the National Endowment for the Art, Utah Arts Council, and Texas Commission on the Arts.

This season, Symphonic Fan-Fare, is an “audition season” for a new Music Director for the FSO. The October 21st concert will be the first in a series of four Masterworks concerts conducted by candidates auditioning for the Music Director position.

Lane fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Christopher Barton, who departed in July to become Executive Director of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando, FL.

 

 

ABOUT THE FLAGSTAFF SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

 

The mission of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is to enrich, engage, and inspire our community through the performance of orchestral music. Founded in 1950, the FSO is a regional orchestra of 65 musicians that reaches an audience of more than 14,000 each season. About to begin its 67th season, it is the largest and most active non-profit performing arts organization in northern Arizona.

 

www.flagstaffsymphony.org

What is an “Audition Season”?

If you haven’t heard, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra is in the process of hiring a new conductor!

After 9 fantastic years with us, Elizabeth Schulze, our current Artistic Director and Conductor, will be leaving our organization which begs the question: “who could possibly replace her?” Well, an “Audition Season” is how we find her replacement!

125 applicants were narrowed down to just 4 candidates. In order for us to truly understand the skills these candidates bring to the table we must interview them!  As you can imagine, this has to be much more than the standard interview process so what we’re doing is requiring each candidate to put on an entire concert.  We will have 6 concerts this season (not counting the Nutcracker) and 4 of these concerts will be a candidate auditioning for the job!

This is not something you get to see very often so attending these concerts will give you insight into the process as well as give you the opportunity to be a part of it.

 

What to Look For

The four audition concerts this season provide an unequalled opportunity to enjoy, evaluate and compare our four finalists. Everyone in the audience is essentially taking part in the process to choose our next conductor.  While this is not a popularity contest, with the audience having final say, the search committee will be interested in audience comments and will ask for feedback through questionnaires distributed at each performance.

So what should you look for in an audition concert?  How can you tell the strengths and weaknesses of a conductor? The League of American Orchestras has some suggestions.

First of all, the conductor’s gestures and baton technique will give you some pretty basic information about how effectively the conductor is communicating with the orchestra.  Is the conductor able to motivate and elicit the best efforts of the musicians?

Does his or her podium presence enhance the quality of music-making?  Don’t be too concerned about conducting style, if you are seeing and hearing a fine performance. Some highly effective conductors throughout history have been known for their eccentric styles.

The most important thing is to trust your instincts about what you are hearing.  How does the music affect you? Is it alive with character, emotion, and feeling? Listen for orchestral intonation, timing, balance and color. Can you distinguish the soloists? Are you fully engaged with the performance?

Of course, a concert performance tells only part of the story of how effective a conductor will be. It shows you the results of the rehearsal process, but doesn’t show you how those results were obtained during rehearsals. During those sessions the conductor focuses on technical details, coaxes perfection from each player, and communicates his or her interpretation of the emotional content of a wide range of music. The conductor is responsible for the total effect of the musical piece, from the quietest solo to the grandest finale.

The Music Director search, however, is more than a conducting competition. The search committee is looking at many criteria besides the candidate’s proven ability to provide a top-notch performance experience.  Does the candidate possess a thorough knowledge of the orchestral repertoire and performance traditions?  Has he or she developed the musical and personal leadership needed to audition and select orchestral players, assign seating, and select solo players? Does the candidate exhibit understanding of and sensitivity to the musicians’ points of view?

All these questions and more are considered by the search committee, which receives as much input as possible from the players, board members, audience, donors and administrative staff. In the end, a momentous decision must be made, one which will affect the excellence and direction of our orchestra for years to come.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to see and hear four individual conductors and experience their unique skills and talents. It’s a Symphonic Fan-Fare!

Subscribe today for the best seats at the best discount!

Call 928.523.5661

12th Annual Home Tour

 

 

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Join our event page and let everyone know you are coming!

The 12th annual Home Tour fundraiser, hosted by the Flagstaff Symphony Guild, will be held on August 20th from 10am to 4pm and is an excellent way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Flagstaff.

Five beautiful homes will be featured and all proceeds support the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra!

Tickets can be purchased for $35 by calling Mary at 928.522.0549

Tickets include a map and directions to all five homes.

 

Subscribe to Season 67

Experience five conductors in one unforgettable season of Symphonic Fan-Fare!

If you were already planning to attend 3 or more concerts this season why not buy those tickets in advance at a discount? Subscribers save 20% off single ticket prices.

Buying a season subscription is a great way to save. Subscription seats are discounted and guarantee you a seat during this highly anticipated “Audition Season.”

If you wish to place a subscription to the upcoming 2016-2017 season, please call the box office at 928-523-5661. Online ordering will be available soon!

(Click the image below to download a PDF of this season’s brochure)

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Symphonic Fan-Fare, the 67th season of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, promises to be enticing, energizing and interactive!

Join us to fondly bid adieu to Maestra Elizabeth Schulze after nine years of her outstanding artistic direction, as she conducts the first and closing concerts of the 2016/17 season.

Whose pacesetting vision will next shape the orchestra for the seasons to come? Engage in the exciting process of “auditioning” the four final candidates for our next Music Director by attending a momentous line-up of the remaining concerts. Orchestra fans will love the fare as each candidate conducts a well-loved symphony from the classical repertoire. Audience members will also have occasions to meet these fine musicians as they share their individual talents with northern Arizona’s premier orchestra.

 

Subscribe today for the best seats at the best discount!

 

Summer Chamber Series

The Oakmont will be serving a prix fixe dinner on Sunday, August 21st.

The Elden Brass Quintet performs at 5pm (free concert!) with dinner at approximately 6:30pm

Meals are set at a flat $35. You should RSVP beforehand as these dinners sell out quick!

Seating is limited, call 928-774-5107 to get your spot!

 

Four Course Dinner Menu:

1st course:

Simple Greens– Artisan greens, almond brittle, manchego cheese, sherry vinaigrette

 

2nd Course:

Silly Goat– goat cheese fondue, herb flatbread, charred cauliflower, lemon oil

 

3rd Course:

Swine and Scallop– Pan seared scallops, creamed corn, pancetta, smoked red pepper sauce

 

4th Course:

Airline– pan seared chicken breast, white truffle mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts, pan jus

 

 

 

POSTER

The final concert is on Sunday, August 21st at 5pm.

Bring a chair (some will be provided) and enjoy!

The Summer Concert Series are free and the entire family is invited to join. There will be four total concerts, spread out over four weeks, each on a Sunday evening at 5PM.

Our title sponsor is Morning Dew Landscaping, a local business who is generously supporting these free events! We would also like to thank the following:
Edward Bowell and Anne-Marie Malotki

Otto and Jallina Franz

Nat and Jean White

Drs. Robert and Sheila Edgar

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