Here are the essential places to visit in Phoenix, Arizona. The selection is made using the FavRiver scoring system which takes into account the most relevant metrics and expert reviews.
Last update : Jul 02, 2019
21Pueblo Grande Ruin And Irrigation Sites
Pueblo Grande Ruin and Irrigation Sites are pre-Columbian archaeological sites and ruins, located in Phoenix, Arizona. They include a prehistoric platform mound and irrigation canals. The City of Phoenix manages these resources as the Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological Park.
Pueblo Grande Ruin and Irrigation Sites - Essential Places To Visit In Phoenix, Arizona
22Rosson House
The Rosson House serves as a historic house museum located in Phoenix's Heritage Square. It was built between 1894 and 1895 and still sits in its original foundation in downtown Phoenix. Named for Dr. Roland Lee Rosson and his wife Flora Murray Rosson, the house changed hands numerous times before being purchased by the City of Phoenix and restored to its original condition.
Rosson House - Essential Places To Visit In Phoenix, Arizona
23Orpheum Theatre (phoenix, Arizona)
The Orpheum Theatre is a 1364-seat theatre in downtown Phoenix. This venue was originally used for vaudeville acts as part of the nationwide Orpheum Circuit.
Orpheum Theatre (Phoenix, Arizona) - Essential Places To Visit In Phoenix, Arizona
24St. Mary's Basilica (phoenix)
Saint Mary's Basilica, officially named The Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, was founded in 1881 and staffed by the Franciscan Friars since 1895.
The current church replaced an earlier adobe church which was built in 1881. Building work on the present church began in 1902 and was completed in 1914. The church was dedicated in 1915, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Mary's Church in 1978. The oldest Roman Catholic parish church in the greater Phoenix, Arizona, area, it was the only parish in Phoenix until 1924 and is home to Arizona's largest stained glass windows collection and a 26 rank pipe organ built by the Schantz Organ Company.
St. Mary's Basilica (Phoenix) - Essential Places To Visit In Phoenix, Arizona
25Phoenix Symphony
The Phoenix Symphony is a major United States symphony orchestra based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Founded in 1947 when Phoenix had a population of less than 100,000, the orchestra began as an occasional group of musicians performing a handful of concerts each year. Today, the orchestra appears before 300,000 subscribers, ticketholders, and music enthusiasts each year, offering 275 concerts and presentations in an annual season running from September to May.
Based in Phoenix Symphony Hall (opened in 1972, renovated in 2005, and seating 2,312), the 76-member ensemble is Arizona's only full-time, professional orchestra. The Phoenix Symphony operates on an annual budget of more than $8 million and is supported by ticket sales and private and corporate contributions, as well as by public funding provided through the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the City of Phoenix's Office of Arts and Culture.
The symphony offers classical and pops concerts in downtown Phoenix as well as symphonic and community presentations in Scottsdale, Mesa, Prescott, and other locations throughout central Arizona. As part of its educational and community engagement activities each season, the symphony performs annually for more than 70,000 students representing 265 schools.
Classical guest artists have included Mstislav Rostropovich, Shlomo Mintz, Emanuel Ax, Van Cliburn, James Galway, Horacio Gutierrez, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori, Itzhak Perlman, Isaac Stern, André Watts, Sarah Chang, Olga Kern, Karen Gomyo, Pinchas Zukerman, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Hugh Downs. Doc Severinsen was the principal pops conductor of the orchestra from the 1983-84 season through the 2005-06 season, and guest pops artists have included Sandy Duncan, Michael Feinstein, Marvin Hamlisch, Bobby McFerrin, Andrea Marcovicci, and Peter Nero.
Michael Christie (born Buffalo, New York, 1974) was named music director of the Phoenix Symphony in 2005 and, as a token of gratitude for his eight years of work as maestro of the symphony, the board of directors of the Phoenix Symphony named him music director laureate in 2013.
In February 2014, the orchestra named Tito Muñoz as its 11th music director to succeed Christie. Tito Muñoz recently signed a new 5-year contract which will keep him with the Phoenix Symphony till at least 2023.
Phoenix Symphony - Essential Places To Visit In Phoenix, Arizona
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