Super Conductor

Another year of musical flesh-pressing kicks off when the popular Phoenix Symphony Close-Up returns to Borders Books & Music. The opening speaker in this monthly series is Robert Moody, the symphony's associate conductor.

Most of the musicians who appear at the Close-Ups bring their instruments and play a bit. But since Moody -- though he's a cellist -- doesn't play with the symphony, he'll be bringing something different to the get-together: The maestro, who holds a summer gig as chorus master at Santa Fe Opera, will be singing. To the accompaniment of a string quartet from the Phoenix Symphony Youth Guild Orchestra, Moody will perform Samuel Barber's "Dover Beach."

The event is slated from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, September 11, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission is free, but seating is limited; there will also be a chance to register for free tickets to the symphony's opening Classics Concert.

The series continues monthly (December excepted) through the end of the concert season. On the current schedule: trumpeter Emery Harveson (October 9); violinist Bruce Wilkinson (November 13); contrabassoonist Eric Ludwig (January 8); a Valentine edition with principal harpist Andrea Stickermeier-Thiele and principal flutist Liz Buck on February 12; violinist Chun-Yi Lu (March 12); and assistant principal flute and piccolo player Brian Gordon (April 16). Rounding out the series on May 14 is principal bassist Michael Kazepides, joined by his wife, Anna Kim Kazepides.

Call 602-957-6660 for more information.