San Francisco's symphony famously backed Metallica for a two-disc epic called S&M, redefining how many people look at metal in the process. The Phoenix Symphony will back Canadian Christian singer Jim Witter, who has made his living doing knockoffs of popular tours like the Elton John/Billy J ... More >>
Los Angeles is coming to town
Symphony bows with a sonic boom of a show
The latest issue of the League of American Orchestras' trade magazine Symphony features a cover story on Michael Christie, the 34-year-old conductor of the Phoenix Symphony and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. As is the case with most trade magazine stories, the article is flattering in the extreme. So mu ... More >>
The PSO promises a magical musical journey
A Winter Symphony
Classical jams in the Summertime? Whodathunkit!
By Jonathan McNamara Either way you look at it, it was a delicious weekend. Then again, how could it not be when it was full of cup cakes, hot dogs and Eartha Kitt? Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Qualifying Round at Arizona Mills Mall A dozen competitors bent on making it to the official Nathan's Hot ... More >>
Eartha Kitt is 81 years-old. But you’d never know it by the way she sang, joked, teased, and pranced around the stage at Phoenix Symphony Hall on Saturday Night. Perhaps best known for her role as Catwoman on the Batman TV series in the 1960s, Eart ... More >>
This time, symphonics meets hip-hop
(Big Red Balloon)
Scratching the surface of classical music
Brilliant Colors: The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (Rhino)
The work of Jewish composers in Germany barely survived the Nazi regime. A Scottsdale orchestra is breathing new life into those compositions.
Explore ideas of freedom, love, wine, and fortune throughballet
Local comics pull an all-nighter
The Klezmer King (Columbia Legacy), From Avenue A to the Great White Way (Columbia Legacy), Music From the Yiddish Radio Project (Shanachie)
Patriotic concerts in observerance of Independence Day
May 20 - 26, 1999
February 11 - 17, 1999
Record labels increasingly turn to theme albums to invigorate slumping classical market
Silent-film Phantom pipes up at Orpheum Theatre
Beyond Arizona, musicians rave about it, but the Phoenix Symphony, at 50, plays to half-empty houses at home. Can its new maestro, Hermann Michael, fill the seats?
Ariel fuses the works of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Coolio to a Liberace aesthetic in "The Power of Five"
Is Rykodisc trying to (finally) get Frank Zappa's cruddy music on the radio?