Larry Fitzgerald is nothing if not cultured, right? So it’s no surprise he’ll find himself in front of The Phoenix Symphony Thursday night, guest conducting the musicians on opening night for their rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
Fitz took his turn at rehearsal Tuesday. “It’s an honor,” Fitzgerald said. “I was extremely nervous. I was up in front of some of the best musicians in the world. It’s something so special. To have so many talented people congregated together in one room working as a team, and I’m familiar with the team concept.”
Fitzgerald said owner Bill Bidwill asked him originally if he would be interested in the guest appearance. It was an opportunity he wouldn’t turn down. Standing in front of the 66 musicians Tuesday, Fitzgerald said it was a different kind of vibe. “I know I wasn’t really in control, but you kind of really feel like you are in control a little bit. It’s a surreal feeling.”
His top tip for being a guest conductor sounded a lot like what his top tip would be for being an NFL receiver. “Don’t drop the baton,” Fitzgerald said.
Tickets for opening night — and Fitz’s appearance — can be purchased by calling 602-495-1999 or online at phoenixsymphony.org.
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