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January 3, 2019

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

The best event of the season returned, offering guests the unique opportunity to dance with a full symphony orchestra

PHOENIX – More than 350 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. The spectacular event gave guests access to dancing before a full symphony orchestra, under the direction of Guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz.

Chaired by Lucia Renshaw and Bruce Covill, the program included a tribute to the event’s Honorary Chairs, Sharon and Dr. Oliver “Ollie” Harper, for their extensive legacy of community stewardship and support of The Phoenix Symphony.

The evening’s activities began at 8 p.m. with a cocktail reception in the foyer of the Arizona Biltmore Ballroom. As the ballroom doors opened at 9 p.m. guests were greeted by the energetic sounds of The JJs Band followed by a three-course dinner prepared by the Arizona Biltmore..

The Phoenix Symphony and guest vocalists performed a one hour set that included favorites such as “I’m in Love with a Wonderful Guy” from South Pacific,” “In the Mood,” Thunder & Lightning Polka and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Music of The Night” from The Phantom of the Opera. More dancing, a dessert and coffee buffet and a champagne toast rounded out the evening’s celebration.

Thanks to the generosity of corporate and individual sponsors, the 2018 New Year’s Eve Gala was the most successful gala to date. The funds raised support The Phoenix Symphony’s Education and Wellness programs, touching the lives of over 125,000 individuals each year.

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About The Phoenix Symphony

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