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“…lyrical, exotic, soul-searching. The acoustical echo created solely by means of instruments is fascinating.”

The New York Times

MasterWorks 1

Mozart & Schubert

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon

Mozart: Symphony No.1
Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto  TSO Premiere
Schubert: Symphony No. 4, “Tragic”

Saturday, October 6, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 7, 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

  • Martin Kuuskmann earned a 2017 Grammy® nomination for his recording of Christopher Theofanidis’ Bassoon Concerto which Theofanidis composed for him

  • Mozart’s first and last symphonies have something in common: in the second movement of his first, the eight-year old makes use of the four note motif that appears in the finale of Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

  • Symphony No. 4 was composed when Schubert was 19 years old but was not performed until 1849, more than two decades after he died


MasterWorks 2

Copland & Goodman

Evandro Matté, conductor
Boris Allakhverdyan, clarinet

Piazzolla: Tangazzo
Copland: Clarinet Concerto

Márquez: Danzon No. 4
Guarnieri: Danças Brasileiras No. 1 from Three Dances for Orchestra
Villa Lobos: Sinfonietta No. 1

Saturday, November 17, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 18, 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

  • Benny Goodman commissioned Aaron Copland to write the Clarinet Concerto and Copland composed it in Rio de Janeiro where he was working as a conductor and lecturer in 1947

  • Boris Allakhverdyan was appointed principal clarinet of the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016

  • Evandro Matté is the Artistic Director of Orquestra Unisinos Anchieta

  • Brazil’s greatest composer and musical ambassador Heitor Villa-Lobos, based Sinfonietta No. 1 on two unspecified themes by Mozart: one he describes as “delicate and subtle” to suggest the European aristocracy of the 18th century; the other is “violent, deep and mysterious” to represent “characteristics of German genius”


MasterWorks 3

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Gemma New, conductor
Lauren Roth, violin


Dan Coleman: Songs and Conversations
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Mozart: Symphony No. 38

Saturday, January 12, 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, January 13, 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

  • A former Dudamel Conducting Fellow with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gemma New is Resident Conductor of St. Louis Symphony and a highly sought after guest conductor

  • Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto is one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos in history, influencing many composers’ violin concertos, such as Tchaikovsky and Sibelius

  • George Walker is the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize for Music

  • Dan Coleman is Composer-in-residence for the TSO


MasterWorks 4

Haydn & Schumann

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Sarah Olivo: TSO Commission World Premiere
Haydn: Sinfonia Concertante
R. Schumann: Symphony No. 4

Saturday, February 2, 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, February 3, 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

  • TSO principals-violin, cello, oboe and bassoon-perform Haydn’s Sinfonia Concertante

  • Asked to compose a piece in the popular style of his student, Ignaz Pleyel, portrayed in the press as his rival, Haydn quipped, “a bloody harmonious war will commence between master and pupil” when he finished his Sinfonia Concertante

  • There are two versions of Schumann’s Symphony No. 4. He finished the first in 1841, and revised it ten years later. The 1851 version was published first and Clara Schumann, his wife, believed it was the better version. Brahms preferred the 1841 version and published it in 1891 against Clara’s wishes.

  • Plus the world premiere piece from former TSO Young Composers Project student Sarah Olivo


“We saved this for the end. I wanted to do something with the orchestra to show my side as a viollinist.”

– José Luis Gomez

MasterWorks 5

Gomez Plays Mozart

José Luis Gomez, conductor & violin

Mozart: Serenade No. 12 for Winds in C Minor, K. 388/384a “Nacht Musique”
Mozart: Serenade No. 6 for Strings in D Major, K. 239 “Serenata notturna”
Haydn: Symphony No.103, “Drumroll”

Saturday, March 9, 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, March 10, 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

  • Maestro José Luis Gomez makes his TSO performing debut as first violin in Mozart’s Serenade for Strings

  • A showcase for the winds, Mozart’s Wind Serenade was written in 1782 for pairs of winds: 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons.

  • Joseph Haydn, treated like a rock star by British audiences, composed Symphony No. 103, on his second visit to the country in the mid-1790s

  • Nicknamed “Drumroll” because of the solo timpani drumroll that begins the piece, the solo drumroll appears again near the end of the first movement, but never returns for the remainder of the piece. The second movement was so well-received at the premiere that it was performed twice