Notes From The President

A NOTE FROM PRESIDENT David Dunn – September 19, 2016

On behalf of my colleagues on the YSA Board of Directors, it is my great
pleasure to welcome you to today’s inaugural concert of the Association’s
50th Anniversary season. Fittingly, one of the featured works in today’s
performance by the fabulous Phoenix Symphony and Chorus is Igor
Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, a moving choral symphony written for
the Boston Symphony’s 50th anniversary. Each of the three movements
exalts a Psalm from the Old Testament – Numbers 38, 39, and 150. Guest
Conductor Matthias Bamert leads this afternoon’s program, which is
capped by Johannes Brahms’ soaring and monumental Symphony No.
4. The program opens with another stirring work by Brahms, the Tragic
Overture.
Our next concert will take place on October 23. We look forward to
welcoming back Phoenix Symphony Music Director Tito Muñoz for
his season debut in Yavapai County. Maestro Muñoz will conduct a
memorable program whose centerpiece is the epic Symphony No. 7 by
Dmitri Shostakovich, inspired by the siege of Leningrad. Also on tap is
American composer Samuel Barber’s joyous Violin Concerto, featuring
solo violinist Steven Moeckel, the Phoenix Symphony’s popular concert
master.
We look forward to welcoming you often during this landmark season
for our Association, which we kicked off with an entry in the 4th of July
Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade.
As the newly elected President of YSA, I am honored to represent the
Board of Directors in this 50th anniversary year. I tip my hat to all those
Board Members who have served in the past.
David B. Dunn, President
Yavapai Symphony Association