In Friday’s (7/17) Arizona Republic (Phoenix), Weldon B. Johnson reports, “The Chandler Symphony Orchestra is moving its 2009-10 season to Ahwatukee. That’s one of the big changes the orchestra faces this season as it also deals with the death of percussion section leader Phyllis Prince. The renovation of the Chandler Center for the Arts, which started this spring, is forcing the symphony to move to Desert Vista High School in Ahwatukee starting in October. … ‘We put together a committee to look for another place,’ symphony music director Jack Herriman said. … ‘Everyone who plays there (the Chandler Center for the Arts) on a regular basis has to leave for this coming season. We should be back there the following fall, though.’ Herriman said one of the committee’s considerations was a stage large enough to accommodate the 119-piece orchestra. None of the Chandler schools was suitable for its needs. Chandler schools also use the Center for the Arts for large-scale performances. The orchestra will still hold some chamber music performances in the small theater at the Chandler Center for the Arts.”

Posted July 21, 2009