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January 4, 2018

The Town is Abuzz with the Return of The Phoenix Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Gala

The Anniversary Gala: 70 Never Sounded So Good

PHOENIX – In spectacular fashion, The Phoenix Symphony brought back the best event of the season after a ten-year hiatus with their 70th Anniversary Gala. More than 200 guests enjoyed a dazzling evening of festivities and music as they rang in the new year with The Phoenix Symphony on December 31 at the Arizona Biltmore. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity gave guests a chance to dance before a full symphony orchestra, under the direction of Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz.

The evening’s activities began at 8 p.m. with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Guests mingled, enjoyed a photo station and took part in a raffle that featured a custom-designed necklace in the shape of The Phoenix Symphony logo made of diamonds and sapphires and valued at more than $15,000. As the ballroom doors opened at 9 p.m. guests were greeted by fanciful table adornments and the energetic sounds of The JJs Band. All enjoyed a sumptuous three-course dinner prepared by the Arizona Biltmore, along with a specialty dessert in the form of a chocolate piano.

The Phoenix Symphony performed a one hour set that included favorites such as “S’ Wonderful,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” “Tritsch-Tratsch Polka,” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Think of Me” from Phantom of the Opera. More dancing and a champagne toast rounded out the evening’s celebration.

Chaired by Jeff and Leslie Rich, the program included a tribute to the event’s Honorary Chair, Jeanne Herberger, for her nearly five decades of leadership and support of The Phoenix Symphony.

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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