Notes From The President

A NOTE FROM PRESIDENT David Dunn – September 17, 2017

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 51st
anniversary season of bringing the Phoenix Symphony to Prescott.
This afternoon’s performance by the fabulous Phoenix Symphony, under
the skillful direction of conductor Tito Muñoz, features two of the most
popular and entertaining works in the classical repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s
Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. The Violin Concerto, widely
acknowledged as one of the greatest works ever written for violin, will feature
accomplished guest soloist Philippe Quint playing alongside the Orchestra.
Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, a ballet as well as an orchestral concert work,
bristles with energy and is one of the most memorable sequences in Disney’s
Fantasia. Please take note as you enjoy today’s performance: These two
compositions by Russian composers share a reputation for being extremely
difficult to play. Rounding out today’s program is Prelude, Fugue and Riffs,
a marriage of jazz and classical music composed by Leonard Bernstein. This
piece, originally written for the Woody Herman Big Band, was premiered
by soloist Benny Goodman; today’s solo performer is Phoenix Symphony
Principal Clarinet Alexander Laing, whose virtuosity our audiences have
enjoyed since 2002.
Our next concert, on November 5, will be an eclectic program featuring
the music of Mozart, Sibelius, and San Diego-based composer Tina Tallon.
Mozart’s contribution, the lovely and stirring Sinfonia Concertante, will
feature violin and viola soloists.
During the more than five decades of YSA’s existence, many volunteer board
members have served our community. I would like to take this opportunity
to salute every one of them.
David B. Dunn, President
Yavapai Symphony Association