Philharmonic to present Mozart tribute next Sunday | Arts & Entertainment

Tickets are now available for the Scottsdale Philharmonic’s Tribute to Mozart Concert next week.

The concert, 4 p.m. March 17 at the North Canyon Performing Arts Center, 1700 E. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix, will feature David Schildkret, a music professor at Arizona State University since 2002, as guest conductor.

“We are thrilled to be in our 12th season of bringing classical music to the Valley with an expanded concert schedule and the development of our youth programs,” said Philharmonic Executive Director Joy Partridge.

“We are also excited to announce that starting with our May 5 concert, all our concerts will be held at La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church in Scottsdale, a beautiful venue that can hold 1,200 people and has ample, free parking,” she added. “It will be the new home of the Scottsdale Philharmonic.”

The Philharmonic also announced that its new principal resident conductor starting next season will be Vanja Gjumar Nikolovski.

Nikolovski graduated with majors in conducting and composition from the Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje Faculty of Music, Macedonia and has around the world.

The Scottsdale Philharmonic’s musical selections for the March 17 concert will include Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21” with piano soloist Qingqing Ye;       “Danny Boy” with soprano soloist Melissa Solomon; Prokofiev’s “Lieutenant Kije Suite;” and Puccini’s “Si Mi Chiamario Mimi” (La Boheme) with Solomon.

The Scottsdale Philharmonic is dedicated to youth programs and building classical music awareness for children by providing free concert tickets to all students. 

A few of the programs currently in development include the Scottsdale Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, musical competitions for students, scholarships for students in need and children’s concerts.

“The vision of the Scottsdale Philharmonic is to become a valley-wide symphony,” Partridge said. “This is why we offer free live streaming for all concerts, low ticket prices, free tickets to all students and Active Military/Veterans, and anyone who needs financial assistance but still wants to experience the joy of classical music.”

Although the group charges for tickets, this income only covers about 30 percent of the costs and the rest comes from individual donors. 

Tickets are available for $20-$35, and can be purchased online at Upcoming concert dates are May 5, June 30, Oct. 13 and Nov. 17. 

Information: or 480-951-6077. 

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