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Tempe Symphony Orchestra

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Tempe Symphony Orchestra is made up of volunteer performers, and is owned and operated by the City of Tempe Arts & Culture Division. Performances at Tempe Center for the Arts are free, general admission events require a ticket. 

2018 - 19 Season

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October 22, 2018  – Season Opener

Alexander Borodin (1833-1887): In the Steppes of Central Asia
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Slavonic March, Op. 31
                                                                          Symphony Nr. 6 in B minor, Op. 74

December 27, 2018 – Winter Concert

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1927): Prometheus Overture
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847): Hebrides Overture, Op. 26 “Fingal’s Cave”
                                                               Symphony Nr. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 “Scottish”

February 18, 2019  - Spring Concert

John Adams (b. 1947): Short Ride on a Fast Machine
Aaron Copland (1900-1990): Appalachian Spring
Edward Elgar (1857-1934): Enigma Variations, Op. 36

April 8, 2019  – Season Finale

Claude Debussy (1862-1918): Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Symphony Nr. 9 in E minor, Op. 95
                                                        “from the New World”

 All Concerts begin at 7:30 pm.
Tickets are available at the door beginning at 6:30 pm and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Schedule and program are subject to change.

2018 - 2019 Season Auditions will be held:

Saturday, September 1, 2018: 6 pm - 8 pm 
Tempe Center for the Arts

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra is a dedicated group of musicians who volunteer their time and efforts in order to perform challenging literature from both the standard repertoire and more contemporary sources. No members of the orchestra receive payment for playing in the group. Seating order is based, in part, on length of service in the orchestra, with final seating decisions at the discretion of the Music Director.

Please contact Douglas Akey for an audition appointment: douglasakey@gmail.com. Musicians wishing to audition must choose and supply their own audition music. Please select orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire lasting approximately three minutes, as well as a short solo or solo excerpt (no longer than two minutes). Your selections should demonstrate both your technical and musical skills to best advantage.

We are always pleased to listen to auditions on any instrument, as we keep a list of substitute musicians and a limited waiting list for membership.

The Tempe Symphony Orchestra rehearses from 7 - 9 pm, most Mondays, September - May at Tempe Center for the Arts. There are four Monday evening concerts each season, with a dress rehearsal from 4 - 6 pm on the Sunday preceding each concert. Attendance is expected at all rehearsals, with few exceptions. 

Learn more about
Conductor, Doug Akey
Orchestra History

National Endowment for the ArtsArizona Commission on the Arts 

This project is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts.