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March 29, 2018

Parties of Note Celebrates Arizona Architecture and Music

PHOENIX – Marci and J. Fife Symington IV welcomed 40 guests into their exquisite home on March 28, 2018 for an exclusive Parties of Note, which sold out months in advance. The house is nestled at the base Camelback Mountain and was designed by Fife’s stepfather, renowned Carefree architect Gerry Jones, to celebrate the breathtaking beauty of the surrounding desert landscape.

A blend of traditional and contemporary elements delighted guests as they mingled and enjoyed cocktails. The interior of the home features family antiques and artwork, from a collection of bullfighting prints by Spanish artist and printmaker Francisco Goya, to a collection of Old Overholt whiskey bottles from the company owned by Abraham Overholt, who was Fife Symington’s third great-grandfather. 

The Phoenix Symphony Brass Quintet featuring Kevin Bock, Tuba; Emery Harvison, Trumpet; Gabe Kovach, French Horn; Benny Nguyen, Trumpet and Chris Wolf, Trombone, entertained guests with selections like “March of the Belgian Paratroopers” and "Hakuna Matata" before a divine dinner was served. 

Now in its seventh season, Parties of Note is a one-of-a-kind program offering a unique opportunity to spend an evening in an intimate setting with Symphony musicians and friends, while enjoying a gourmet meal in some of the Valley's finest homes.

Upcoming Parties of Note include:

Overlooking the 11th Green
Thursday, April 19, 2018 | 6pm
Host: Ann and Peter Winstanley

Central City Oasis
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 6pm
Hosts: Ginger and Don Brandt / Sharon and Dr. Oliver Harper

Casa del Francisco
Thursday, May 3, 2018 | 6pm
Host: Drs. Linda and Dan Francisco

Home on the Range
Sunday, June 3 | 4pm
Host: Senator Steve and Joan Pierce

For more information on The Phoenix Symphony’s Parties of Note events, visit

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About The Phoenix Symphony

Celebrating its 70th Anniversary Season, The Phoenix Symphony has been proudly serving the citizens of the Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona since 1947. The Phoenix Symphony presents an annual season from September through the beginning of June, featuring full-length classical and pops concerts at Symphony Hall in downtown Phoenix, as well as concerts in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott and throughout central Arizona. The Symphony performs for more than 125,000 students and children, helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs. For more information, visit