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.

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

13th Annual Home Tour

 

 

The 13th annual Home Tour fundraiser, hosted by the Flagstaff Symphony Guild, will be held on August 5th 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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