Trio Gala

Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, and The Phoenix Symphony announce the second year for TRIO

November 7, 2013

Media Contacts: 
Ballet Arizona, Samantha Franck (602) 343-6526 
Arizona Opera, Caitie Quick (602) 218-7321 
The Phoenix Symphony, Todd Vigil (602) 227-5779 

Phoenix, AZ (November 7, 2013)
- Ballet Arizona, Arizona Opera, and The Phoenix Symphony are proud to announce that they will once again present TRIO, a joint gala and performance celebration on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Symphony Hall. The collaboration brings together the artistic and administrative resources of each organization to support their shared mission of providing world-class live performances, arts education and outreach to the community. This is the second year for the ground-breaking fundraising event that debuted with great success last year. 

“With tremendous success of last year on all levels – culturally, artistically and financially – there was no question that we would continue this collaboration that gives the community an unique opportunity to experience three world-class performing arts organizations in one exciting night,” said Jim Ward, CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. 

The event brings together – for just the second time in the history of Phoenix performing arts – all three of Arizona’s premiere performing arts organizations for a performance which showcases the artistic strengths of the Ballet, Opera and Symphony. Hosted at Symphony Hall, the exclusive TRIO performance will be accompanied by an extraordinary dinner, entertainment and much more – united under the theme “¡Amor! – An Evening of Passion.” 

“Passion represents so many experiences, and each artistic form expresses passion in a unique manner,” said Ib Andersen, Artistic Director of Ballet Arizona. “The opportunity to unite this energy by bringing together the Ballet, Opera and Symphony will give the audience an experience unlike any other.” 

The TRIO performance features repertory highlights from each organization, culminating with the Ballet, Opera and Symphony sharing the stage for an electrifying finale of artistic collaboration. 

“TRIO is not only a showcase of the superb, nationally recognized artistic companies, but a testament to the innovation and forward thinking of each organization,” said Ryan Taylor, General Director of Arizona Opera. “We are grateful for the collaborative support of our respective Boards of Trustees and also to the highly committed Steering Committee guiding this effort.” 

The evening’s Steering Committee includes: Carol Clemmensen, Molly DeFilippis, Jacquie Dorrance, Nan Howlett, Linda Hunt, Sharron Lewis, Eliot Minsker, Dionne Najafi, Barbara Ottosen, Mac Perlich, Carol Schilling, Ellie Shapiro, Nancy Spetzler, Daryl Weil, and Judith Wolf. 

What: TRIO Gala, a black tie event with a Latin twist 

When: February 22, 2014 

Where: Symphony Hall 75 North 2nd Street Phoenix, AZ 85004 

Tickets: Tables of 10 are available at various sponsorship levels. Individual tickets for the evening performance and Gala dinner are $500. Performance-only tickets are available starting at $25. 

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Sponsorships: A wide range of sponsorships are available to support this event and build relationships with gala participants, including VIP tables and promotional opportunities. For sponsorship information contact Karen Thorn at 602-452-0420.  


Ballet Arizona, in its 34th season, is dedicated to preserving and celebrating classical dance while creating new and innovative works. Under the artistic direction of internationally acclaimed choreographer Ib Andersen – a former Principal Dancer with The New York City Ballet and The Royal Danish Ballet – Ballet Arizona follows his lead to the future of dance in Arizona. The School of Ballet Arizona, under the direction of Carlos Valcárcel, promotes access to the art form of ballet through dance education, with a focus on excellence in the form, directing each student to a life-long love of dance. Following this vision, Ballet Arizona connects to more than 25,000 children and families every year through its free and low cost outreach programs. 

Arizona Opera, now in its 43rd season, is our state’s only professional opera company that produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually. Since its inception, Arizona Opera has produced over 180 fully-staged operas and concerts. The company’s artistic history is rich with a blend of opera’s traditional repertoire featuring baroque, bel canto, and verismo works, turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and American operas. Arizona Opera has also presented Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle twice, a feat that has been accomplished in North America by only five other companies. The company has featured performances by some of opera’s finest artists, including Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Joyce DiDonato, José Carreras, Samuel Ramey, Jerry Hadley, Denyce Graves, Stephanie Blythe, Greer Grimsley, Gordon Hawkins, Christine Brewer, and Dolora Zajick. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is among only a handful of companies in the United States that regularly performs in more than one city. 

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 108,000 students and children, helping to introduce music to new generations through a variety of education and youth-engagement programs.   

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