FEBRUARY 18, 2015

Attend Arizona Musicfest 2015 dress rehearsals for special $10 ticket

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PHOENIX – As the first two Festival Orchestra concerts of Arizona Musicfest's 2015 season have sold out well in advance of their performance dates, Arizona Musicfest has opened its dress rehearsals for the performances of Scheherazade and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto on Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m., and Beethoven, Bach and The Blue Danube on Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.  

Tickets to the dress rehearsal performances are $10 each and available for purchase at the door one hour prior to curtain. Seating is based on first come first served until capacity is met. Cash only.

The Festival Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody, features musicians from the nation's top orchestras. This year's Festival Orchestra includes players from Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, the National Symphony, Houston Symphony, Dallas Symphony and many other leading orchestras of America.

Festival Orchestra Week opens with a dazzling program. Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade is a technicolor tour-de- force of intense orchestral colors and a captivating story inspired by The Arabian Nights. The solo violin of Frank Huang, Concertmaster of the Houston Symphony and Arizona Musicfest Orchestra, is the voice of Scheherazade as she enchants the Sultan.

robert moralesMozart's Clarinet Concerto is a work of absolute genius that exquisitely displays the tone, range and agility of the clarinet, especially in the hands of featured soloist Ricardo Morales. "Hearing the amazing Ricardo Morales play ... was riveting!" proclaimed The New York Times whose critics regard him as a star of the clarinet world. Morales is former Principal Clarinet of the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, and currently Principal Clarinet of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Arizona Musicfest Orchestra.

The concert opens with Fanfare Ritmico. This work by GRAMMY and Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Higdon is a rich tapestry of sound. "Higdon's work is traditionally rooted yet imbued with integrity, freshness and a desire to entertain."  The Times of London.

Venue: Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale 85255 
Dress Rehearsal Tickets:  $10 Walk-up cash sales only.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m.