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Chandler Symphony Orchestra plans two special events

December 2nd, 2017 development
Chandler Symphony Orchestra plans two special events

-Rene Lopez, Chandler City Council member

Chandler Center for the Arts is home to several of the Chandler Symphony Orchestra’s performances. Every concert is free; however, a donation at the door always is appreciated.

The orchestra comprises 90 professionally trained musicians who dedicate countless hours volunteering their time for rehearsals and performances. Several of them have been involved for many years, including a violinist who is 90 years of age and substitutes as a music teacher.

The fall concert series runs through Jan. 28.

This year is special because the orchestra is celebrating 25 years of providing quality symphonic and orchestral music to the community. Musician David McConaughey composed “Marche Militaire” that will be featured at the Jan. 28 performance.

Two extraordinary events are planned this season. The first Chandler Symphony Fan Fest is taking place 2-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Downtown Stage in downtown Chandler. It is a free family-friendly event that focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) and will provide families hands-on opportunities to learn about science, literacy, arts and music.

Orbital ATK will launch a scaled model of its Antares rocket and the orchestra will perform various John Williams’ scores from “Star Wars” at 6:30 p.m. Attendees also are encouraged to come in costumes and participate in the costume contest. The event will conclude with a fireworks show. Information:

On Feb. 17, the Gala Silver Anniversary Celebration Dinner will be hosted at the Oakwood Golf Club in Sun Lakes at 5 p.m. Tickets are $80, which covers the price of dinner and includes an opportunity to be seated with one of the conductors or musicians.

A silent auction also will take place, and they already have received some really nice items. For more information and how to be involved, visit,

I encourage everyone to experience the Chandler Symphony Orchestra. Hearing music played live is life changing. It can create an emotional connection or bring back childhood memories. There are several opportunities to learn and become a part of the arts and culture community. This year is definitely a time to celebrate the music.