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“There is an old-world glamour to Ms. Akiko Meyers’s playing, with her high-gloss, singing sound and her liberal use of sighing slides from one note to another….in the most hazardous tempo changes and transitions their interaction was impressively relaxed.”

The New York Times

Classic 1

Beethoven Odyssey

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Beethoven: Violin Concerto
R. Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

Friday, September 21, 7:30pm
Sunday, September 23, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • Music from the hit science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey on its 50th anniversary

  • The film is particularly remembered for the use of Richard Strauss’ tone poem Thus Spake Zarathustra, also recorded as a jazz-funk version that became a top five, Grammy® winning hit for Brazilian artist Deodato

  • Beethoven’s Violin Concerto is one of the best known and important works of the repertoire

  • Violin superstar, Anne Akiko Meyers, is one of the most in-demand violinists in the world and was the top-selling classical instrumentalist of 2014 on Billboard’s traditional classical charts


“In my first season, I introduced myself musically. Now let me show you a bit of my Latin American side.”

– José Luis Gomez

Classic 2

Brahms Symphony No. 1

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Paolo Morena, violin

Castellanos: El rio de las siete estrellas – TSO Premiere
Bacalov: Violin Concerto – U.S. Premiere
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Friday, October 12, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 14, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • U.S. premiere of the Violin Concerto by the Oscar-winning composer of the music for the film classic Il Postino, Luis Enríquez Bacalov. Performed by the violinist it was composed for, Paolo Morena

  • El rio de los siete estrellas is one of the best-known works by top Venezuelan composer Evencio Castellanos

  • Brahms’ Symphony No. 1, a masterpiece that is sometimes called “Beethoven’s 10th”, is dramatic, lyrical and triumphant


“A pianist who balances qualities of excitement and spontaneity with clarity and elegance.”

– The New York Times

Classic 3

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27

James Judd, conductor
Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 27
Elgar: Symphony No. 2

Friday, November 9, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 11, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • Gramophone hailed McDermott’s 2013 disc of Mozart Concerti with Calder Quartet “exceptional on every count.”

  • Piano Concerto No. 27, Mozart’s final work, is in a form he alone had developed to artistic and virtuosic heights – warm, mellow and serene

  • Edward Elgar called his second and final symphony, “the passionate pilgrimage of the soul”

  • Greeted with rapturous acclaim, it was performed more than 100 times in America and Europe in the year following its premiere in 1911


Classic 4

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3

Josep Caballé Domenech, conductor
Nicholas Mariscal, cello

Scott Ordway: World Premiere Commissioned by TSO
Khachaturian: Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello
Rachmaninoff: Symphony No. 3

Friday, November 30, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 2, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3 is full of the lush melodies, thick harmonies, and long sweeping lines that make his Romanticism so popular today

  • Khachaturian’s deeply expressive Concerto-Rhapsody for Cello is dedicated to Mstislav Rostropovich, one of the 20th century greatest cellists

  • 33 year old Scott Ordway is known for pairing multiple artistic disciplines with humanistic themes. His works have been played throughout the U.S. and Europe.

  • Born in Barcelona, Josep Caballé Domenech is Music Director of Colorado Springs Philharmonic and Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá


“The most important thing for me in making music is to dream.”

– Pacho Flores

Classic 5

Fresh Music, Copland and More

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Pacho Flores, trumpet

Mozart: Overture to The Abduction from the Seraglio
J. B. G. Neruda: Concerto for Corno da Caccia
Marquez: Trumpet Concerto – U.S. Premiere
TSO co-commission with Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México,
Hyogo PAC Orchestra of Japan
and the Oviedo Filarmonía
Copland: Our Town
Copland: Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo
Bernstein: Overture to Candide

Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 27, 2019, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • Written for the 1940 film based on Wilder’s play, Our Town will be a multi-media presentation

  • American folk tunes are used to celebrate the American West in Rodeo

  • Candide is in the vein of Gilbert and Sullivan

  • Flores has been achieving worldwide recognition with his energy, bell-like beauty of tone and integration of Jazz, Latin American and Classical influences

  • Márquez is the Sonoran composer whose danzóns are favorites with Tucson audiences

  • Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio, a Turkish harem, provided a memorable scene in the hit film Amadeus

  • Neruda’s concerto was written for the corno da caccia, or hunting horn in the 18th century


“Bruckner and Schubert are my favorite composers. Bruckner shows the artistic development of the orchestra. It gives the orchestra a chance to be protagonist.”

– José Luis Gomez

Classic 6

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Barry Douglas, piano

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 – TSO Premiere

Friday, February 15, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition Gold Medal winner Barry Douglas, described as “virtuosity to the hilt” by The New York Times, returns to the TSO for the first time since opening the 2007-08 season performing Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, “a superb performance,” according to the Arizona Daily Star

  • Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is an essential work for any virtuosic pianist and it is one of the most popular Tchaikovsky compositions and among the best known of all piano concertos

  • No. 7 is one of Bruckner’s best-known symphonies and his greatest success


Classic 7

Mahler Symphony No. 5

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano
Conrad Jones, trumpet

Martucci: Notturno
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Friday, March 15, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • Van Cliburn silver medalist Joyce Yang teams with former TSO principal trumpet Conrad Jones to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 1

  • The piece started as a trumpet concerto, then added piano made it a double concerto, and it finished as a piano concerto with solo trumpet

  • Giuseppe Martucci led a group of Italian composers determined to break away from the dominance of opera in Italy’s musical life

  • Mahler’s Symphony No. 5’s plaintive and engrossing Adagietto was popularized by Luchino Visconti’s award-winning 1971 film, Death in Venice


Classic 8

Sibelius Symphony No. 2

Michael Stern, conductor
Tucson Symphony Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, Director

Brahms: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Sibelius: Symphony No. 2

Friday, April 5, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

  • Symphony No. 2 evokes the rugged landscape and fierce independence of Sibelius’ homeland with its sweeping melodies and powerful, unrelenting rhythms

  • Symphony of Psalms, commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony in 1929 has been hailed as the best classical piece of the twentieth century by Time Magazine

  • One of Brahms’ best choral works, “it would alone have sufficed to rank him with the best masters.” – musicologist Josef Sittard

  • Michael Stern returns to the TSO after his debut in 2017 conducting Grieg’s Piano Concerto, “a well-balanced, energetic and dynamic performance,” according to the Arizona Daily Star