FSO CONJURES SPOOKY EVENING

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA (October 5, 2017) — Be magically whisked off by musical enchantment in a special Halloween concert of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra!  Young and old at heart are invited to wear costumes for an evening of music guaranteed to transport the audience to imaginative realms of thrills and chills!

Guest conductor Thomas Heuser will take the stage at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 27, in Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University. Ticket holders are invited to attend his pre-concert talk at 6:30 in the auditorium.

The shivers begin with “Red Cape Tango” by 53-year-old Iowa native Michael Daugherty. A Grammy Award winner, he has become one of the most performed of the younger generation of American composers. This tango is a movement from Metropolis Symphony (1993), which he based on “Superman mythology.” Representing Superman’s fight to the death with Doomsday, the piece incorporates dramatic percussion effects in a “Dance of Death.”

The appearance of a dreaded sorceress begins the thrilling “Witch’s Ride” from the Hansel und Gretel Suite by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck (1854-1921). The popular piece is loved by generations of young people for whom the musical description vividly portrays the terrifying witch’s flight through the night.

Another Halloween favorite, Night on Bald Mountain, describes a gathering of witches presided over by Satan, who whips up their passion and conducts a Black Mass in the darkness.  Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky completed the piece on the eve of St. John’s Day in June of 1867.  He described the tale as ”thoroughly in keeping with… Russian folk tradition… grown on our country’s soil and nurtured on Russian bread.” This orchestral arrangement is by the composer’s compatriot Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, and the music vividly depicts the evening’s shenanigans.

Rimsky-Korsakov appears again with his popular orchestral suite Scheherazade, based on the Arabian tales of “A Thousand and One Nights,” which caps off the evening.   This truly is enchanting music, as it tells the story of an evil sultan who vows to execute each of his wives after their wedding night. But Scheherazade spends her first night weaving suspenseful stories that enthrall him for 1001 nights, and the smitten sultan ultimately saves her life.

For this concert, FSO welcomes Guest Conductor Thomas Heuser, the Music Director of the San Juan Symphony in Durango, Colorado. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for Orchestral Conducting in Germany while serving as the 2010 Conducting Fellow with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate from Vassar College, he earned his master’s degree in Instrumental Conducting from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. In 2013 he completed his Doctorate in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

The sponsors for this Masterworks II concert are NAU Office of the President and Northern Arizona Healthcare. For information and tickets, contact flagstaffsymphony.org or the NAU Central Ticket Office, 928-523-5661.

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 celebrating its 68th season as the largest and most active nonprofit performing arts organization in northern Arizona.

www.flagstaffsymphony.org

 

 

Charles Latshaw Debuts with Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, 68th Season Opens September 29

The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra (FSO) opens its sixty-eighth season with a new Music Director at the helm. Maestro Charles Latshaw will conduct the performance at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University, Friday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 pm.

With Beethoven’s rousing “Coriolan Overture” (1807) opening the concert, Latshaw has selected a program that includes the Mozart “Horn Concerto #4,” performed by Jeff Nelsen. Nelsen’s wife Nina joins the program, singing “Songs of a Wayfarer” by Gustav Mahler. Also on the program are “Remembering the Future” by contemporary American composer Ryan O’Connell, and the “Háry János Suite” by Zoltán Kodály, the popular Hungarian composer (1882-1967).

Latshaw was selected for the post from last season’s “audition” concerts led by the four final candidates vying to fill the vacancy left by Elizabeth Schulze, who had conducted FSO for nine years.  He conducted FSO in Tchaikovsky’s monumental Fourth Symphony in October, 2016.

Concurrently the Music Director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (Colorado), until 2016 Latshaw was the director of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival (Ohio)and the Kent State University Orchestra. He previously served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. Latshaw has also held conducting positions with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Washington Sinfonietta, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. He was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic to be the Herbert von Karajan conducting fellow in 2007. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in instrumental conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

The soloist for the Mozart concerto, Jeff Nelsen, a highly regarded hornist, toured and recorded with Canadian Brass for eight years, and has performed concerti and chamber music on six continents.  Currently he is professor of horn at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Since giving his celebrated 2011 TEDx Talk about “Fearless Performance,” he founded Fearless Performance LLC, a company that focuses on training musicians to consistently perform their best.

Nina Yoshida Nelsen, mezzo-soprano, has performed numerous operatic roles in the U.S. and England, including 75 performances as Suzuki in Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly.” Mahler’s touching “Songs of a Wayfarer” (orchestrated in 1896) are an autobiographical depiction of the end of a love affair, mixing images of young love with the melancholy of loss.

A pre-concert conversation with Maestro Latshaw will begin at 6:30 pm. For tickets, contact the NAU Central Ticket Office, 523-5661.

The orchestra’s 68th season consists of five Masterworks concerts of classical music, as well as two performances of Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet “The Nutcracker” in December, with the NAU Community Music and Dance Academy Troupe.  In March, a special “Motown & Classics” concert featuring singer Laurice Lanier highlights music from the ‘60s. The season ends April 20, 2018, with Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 9,” along with the voices of NAU’s Shrine of the Ages Choir and the Master Chorale of Flagstaff.  For more information about the programs, contact the FSO office at 928-774-5107, or flagstaffsymphony.org.

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 more than 60 musicians that reaches an audience of more than 14,000 each season. Beginning its 68th season, it is the largest and most active nonprofit performing arts organization in northern Arizona.

 

CONTACT
Patrick Gamble, Marketing and Communications Manager
928-774-5107

2017-18 FSO Season 68 Ticket Update

August 14, 2017

Dear Subscribers,

It has come to my attention that many of you have been waiting for the Central Ticketing Office at NAU to call you about renewing your subscription. Some of the perks we’ve enjoyed in the past will now be a little different so please be patient with us.

I am happy to report to you that we think all the challenges some of you experienced should be corrected now (a tape recording that the office was closed during the middle of the day; misinformation about prices of subscriptions; etc.). Therefore, if you gave up trying to renew your subscription, or just haven’t gotten around to it yet, please try again now.  Single ticket sales will start tomorrow so if you have been a subscription holder in the past and don’t want to lose your seats, call CTO today – 928-523-5661.

Remember, we have much to celebrate this year:

  • Charles Latshaw will start as our new Music Director/Conductor and he is very keen to begin his relationship with our community. Emails have been flying.  Come and witness the excitement!
  •  If you buy a 5- or 6-package season, you will get free parking in the Ardrey garage.  That is especially helpful during the snowy, winter months.
  • Our Season ends in April with Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. This spectacular performance will include the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and the NAU Shrine of the Ages chorus. Always a must-see!
If you’ve let your subscription lapse, please consider renewing in order to stay connected with this incredible community treasure.  It is because of our loyal patrons that we have been around for 68 seasons! Help us to be around for 68 more.

Sincerely,

Cheryl Ossenfort
Interim Executive Director
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra

Summer Chamber Music Series – Coconino String Quartet

Sunday, August 27 at 5 PM – 6 PM

Outdoors at Lowell Observatory, 1400 W. Mars Hill Road Please bring your own lawn chairs. Some sea ng is provided. Indoors in case of inclement weather.
We will be offering a Raffle to the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins September 24 game at each of the three concerts. Enter to win 10 tickets in a Private Suite, and 4 Parking Vouchers. $10 per ticket OR 5 tickets for $40! Drawing held at August 27 concert–winner need not be present to win. Generously provided by APS.

The FSO is grateful for our summer concert sponsors:
Norma Jean Clifton
Nat and Jean White
Freddie Paulsrud and Valerie Core (Russ Lyon Sotheby’s)
Axia Mortgage
Drs. Robert and Sheila Edgar
Jude Mack

Summer Chamber Music Series – Elden Brass

Sunday, August 20 at 5 PM – 6 PM

In the Forest Highlands Clubhouse, 5 miles south of Flagstaff on Rt. 89A

We will be offering a Raffle to the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins September 24 game at each of the three concerts. Enter to win 10 tickets in a Private Suite, and 4 Parking Vouchers. $10 per ticket OR 5 tickets for $40! Drawing held at August 27 concert–winner need not be present to win. Generously provided by APS.

The FSO is grateful for our summer concert sponsors:
Norma Jean Clifton
Nat and Jean White
Freddie Paulsrud and Valerie Core (Russ Lyon Sotheby’s)
Axia Mortgage
Drs. Robert and Sheila Edgar
Jude Mack

Summer Chamber Music Series – Ponderosa Players

August 13, 2017 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Ponderosa Players — Oakmont Restaurant
2380 Oakmont Drive in Continental Country Club

Optional dinner served at 6:15 p.m. Please call Jude at 602-481-6810 as soon as possible if you plan on having dinner. $30 per person; must pay in advance.

3-course meal includes non-alcoholic beverage (alcohol billed as separate tab to each guest). Salad: arugula, fresh figs, toasted almonds, goat cheese, white balsamic vinaigrette Entree: pan roasted chicken breast, lemon glazed pan jus, pea risotto, charred asparagus Dessert: lemon panna cota, blackberry coulis, fresh berries, candied lemon

We will be offering a Raffle to the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Miami Marlins September 24 game at each of the three summer chamber concerts. Enter to win 10 tickets in a Private Suite, and 4 Parking Vouchers. $10 per ticket OR 5 tickets for $40! Drawing held at August 27 concert–winner need not be present to win. Generously provided by APS. $2500 value! 

The FSO is grateful for our summer concert sponsors:
Norma Jean Clifton
Nat and Jean White
Freddie Paulsrud and Valerie Core (Russ Lyon Sotheby’s)
Axia Mortgage
Drs. Robert and Sheila Edgar
Jude Mack
Brenda Silveus

Charles Latshaw Named As New Music Director

Photo Credit: Dave Irvine

Link to Arizona Daily Sun Article

FLAGSTAFF, ARIZONA (March 30th, 2017) – The Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra has announced the appointment of Charles Latshaw as the new Music Director, beginning July 1. Latshaw will fill the vacancy left by Elizabeth Schulze, who is leaving after nine years of conducting the orchestra. Her final performance at the podium will be the April 21 concert at Ardrey Memorial Auditorium on the NAU campus.

Latshaw will be introduced to Flagstaff at the “Dancing For Our Stars” symphony gala dinner, dance and auction to be held Saturday, April 8, at High Country Conference Center. Five celebrity couples, including Mayor Coral Evans, will perform in a dance competition based on the popular TV dance show. Tickets for the event are still available by calling the NAU Central Ticket Office at 928-523-5661.

“I couldn’t possibly be happier about coming to Flagstaff,” Latshaw said. “When I was here for my audition week in October, every rehearsal, every meeting, every experience felt like the orchestra and I fit together perfectly. The FSO is a shining jewel in Northern Arizona, and I am so happy to be invited to be a part of its great legacy.” His first performance with the orchestra will be on September 29.

“We’re going to do so many amazing things together!” Latshaw said. “This orchestra is so strong, so vigorous, and such a vital part of the Flagstaff community.”

Currently the Music Director of the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra (Colorado), until 2016 Latshaw was the director of the Kent/Blossom Music Festival (Ohio)and the Kent State University Orchestra. He previously served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra in Indiana. Latshaw has also held conducting positions with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, Washington Sinfonietta, and Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra. He was selected by members of the Vienna Philharmonic as their Herbert von Karajan conducting fellow in 2007. He holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in instrumental conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.

Latshaw is firmly dedicated to bringing orchestral music to new audiences, especially young people. Growing up in Ohio, he started playing trumpet in fifth grade. He has taught band, choir, general music, and musical theater to students of all ages. He has served as faculty for summer music programs, including the Rocky Ridge Music Center, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Strings Camp, and Palace Theatre summer programs. He has led “Side by Side” concerts for high school students with the Indianapolis Symphony, Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra. He is also an enthusiastic advocate of accessible and exciting contemporary works.

Latshaw has held the position of principal trumpet in orchestras in Ohio, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. He has performed with jazz bands as a trumpet player, vocalist, and band leader. In addition, he has appeared in acting and singing roles with the Palace Professional Theater of Manchester and the New Hampshire State Opera. Performance tours have taken him to Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, as well as across the United States.

Latshaw is an enthusiast of building and operating camera-equipped unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), better known as drones. Along with his wife Kelley, an accountant and flutist, and their dog, Henry, he enjoys spending time in the woods, camping, hiking, and skiing.
FSO Board president Stan Sutherland chaired the Search Committee, which was composed of FSO musicians, board members, and leaders from the community. He said, “The committee started with a pool of over 100 applicants, and we gradually narrowed the field to 4 outstanding finalists.  During their audition weeks, they all performed at a very high level, and the final selection was difficult.  But one candidate stood out as being the best fit for our town, our orchestra, and our plans to expand the reach and impact of the FSO.  The Board is very pleased with the committee’s choice, and we are excited to welcome Charles to our Flagstaff family.”

Financial support for the search process was provided by the sponsorship of Flagstaff law firm Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, Northern Arizona’s Law Firm.

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