West Valley Symphony ready to open 40th anniversary season

The West Valley Symphony opens its 40th anniversary season Nov. 18 in Surprise. [Submitted photo]

First concert is Nov. 18 in Surprise


The West Valley Symphony opens its new season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 at Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, in Surprise.

The season gets under way with the “Colas Breugnon Overture” by Dmitri Kabalevsky, “Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 1” by Sergei Prokofiev, “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, and “Hoedown from Rodeo” by Aaron Copland.

All concerts are 3 p.m. on Sundays at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center.

This year marks the symphony’s 40th anniversary. On Dec.15, 1968 in the Town Hall South Auditorium, now called Mountain View Auditorium, in Sun City, residents gathered for the first performance of the brand new Sun City Symphony Orchestra. Nearly 1,000 patrons, a capacity crowd, enjoyed the performance under its founder and conductor, Jennings Butterfield. That incarnation eventually evolved into the West Valley Symphony.

The Symphony presents live classical and pops during a five-concert season from November through March. Led by Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg, professional musicians come from across the Valley to share their talents.

Individual concert tickets are $30-$35 and are available through ticketing partner Arizona Broadway Theatre (azbroadway.org/west-valley-symphony/ or by calling 623-707-8844).Visit WestValleySymphony.org .



What: The West Valley Symphony season opener

When: 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18

Where: Valley Vista Performing Arts Center, 15550 N. Parkview Place, Surprise

More Information: WestValleySymphony.org

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