Symphony of the Southwest
If you are planning to visit the Mesa Arts Center, you must check out one of the concerts of the Symphony of the Southwest under the direction of Maestro Cal Stewart Kellogg.
The Arts Center has plenty to offer but checking out their music program is one of the options for a night of entertainment when staying in Mesa, Arizona.
Plus, tickets can easily be purchased online.
Under the leadership of a great musician
The symphony was founded in 1956 to bring culture, education and musical beauty to the local community.
Since 2005 it has been under the direction of Cal Stewart Kellog who collaborated during six years with the Arizona Opera house. Abroad he has worked with the Antwerp Philharmonic, Monte Carlo Symphony, Israel Sinfonietta and in Italy with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome, among others.
In the United States, he was the Music Director of the Virginia Chamber Orchestra from 1993 to 1998. He gained international recognition when he won the first prize of the Gino Marinuzzi Conduction Competition.
Watching a classical concert under his conduction will be certainly a feast for your ears!
Some of the famous compositions they play include Overture to Candide from Bernstein, Victory at Sea from Rodgers/Bennet, The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (a classic during the Christmas season), Overture to The Marriage of Figaro K.492 and Sinfonia Concertante K.320d in E-flat Major by Mozart.
The concert season changes every year, so either check the Symphony's website or the Ikeda theater calendar at Mesa Arts Center to see what's on during your stay in Mesa.