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You see, bookshops are dreams built of wood and paper. They are time travel and escape and knowledge and power. They are, simply put, the best of places.
— Jen Campbell

Our twelfth season takes a page from where we hold our concerts: Phoenix’s most beloved book store, Changing Hands. Being surrounded by books for the past two seasons, we programmed this year’s season around literary genres. All concerts will be held at 3 PM at Changing Hands (300 W. Camelback Road).

To purchase season tickets, please click here.

Love and Lust - October 6

Colorful, frenzied and irrational. From depictions of a bacchanal from Saint Saens’s opera Samson et Delilah to the frenetic ending of a burlesque in Nancy Galbraith’s “Aeolian Muses,” our twelfth season starts off as hot as Phoenix’s summer weather.

Cinq Danses Profanes et Sacrees” by Henri Tomasi

“Bacchanal” by Mathieu Lussieau

“Aeolian Muses” by Nancy Galbraith

“Bacchanale” from Samson et Delilah by Camille Saint-Saens

Drunk History - November 3

Wander, or stumble, through history with us. As we travel from a depiction of the Court of Rene, the First King of Provence, to an aural depiction of Thoreau’s Walden, we’ll stop at other points in history along the way. The First Draft Book Bar will have beer and wine pairings fitting for our adventures.

Le Cheminee du Roi Rêne by Darius Milhaud

Wind Quintet No. 2 “Walden” by Hans Abrahamsen

“Rustiques” by Joseph Canteloube

“Five Poems” by Karel Husa

From the Heart – February 2

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Did you know that Cupid carries two types of arrows? One promotes lust, while the other encourages people to flee. Leave your arrows at home and join us for Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream ― music created to accompany Williams Shakespeare’s play.

Midsummer Night’s Dream by Felix Mendelssohn

“Two Novelettes” by Francis Poulenc

Wind Quintet by Paul Taffanel

How Stories Are Made – March 1

We welcome families and children of all ages to join us on our first family and children’s concert! “How Stories are Made” is part of our newest collection of tales composed by our bassoonist Thomas Breadon. Paired with other famous children’s tales, we look forward to sharing our love of music, instruments, and a peek into how Tom finds his inspiration for composing for us!

Aesop’s Fables by Thomas Breadon, Jr.

North American Folk Tales by Thomas Breadon, Jr.

We Planted a Tree by Sarah Hersh

Everyone’s a Comedian – April 5

Did you know that Ben Franklin was a prankster? (Here’s a list of others that might surprise you!) We close our twelfth season with Till Eulenspiegel, a Richard Strauss tone poem about the misadventures and pranks of a medieval trickster by the same name, paired with “Comedy for Winds” by Paul Patterson and “South Chorus” by Kenji Bunch.