2019-20 SEASON OVERVIEW

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MASTERWORKS SERIES

“The four percussionists playing mostly marimbas will produce a very earthy/woody feel while the support from strings provides a smooth and lushy complement to the rhythmic feature. It will be a fresh and new experience for people.”

– Homero Cerón, TSO Principal Percussion

MasterWorks 1

Beethoven Symphony No. 4 

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Homero Cerón, marimba
Chris Herman, marimba
Fred Morgan, marimba

Séjourné: Concerto for Four Marimbas and Strings, “Gotan”
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 6, 2019, 2pm

Catalina Foothills Hills High School

  • Séjourné (b. 1961) is a French composer/percussionist and teaches at Conservatoire de Strasbourg

  • Robert Schumann called the fourth “a slender Greek maiden between two Norse giants” (the more ponderous 3rd and 5th symphonies)

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“The MasterWorks series is a laboratory for music. It highlights the musical development between the conductor and the orchestra.”

José Luis Gomez

MasterWorks 2

All The World’s A Stage

Aram Demirjian, conductor

Rossini: Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers
Haydn: Symphony No. 60 in C Major “Il Distratto”
Caroline Shaw: Entr’acte
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Saturday, November 9, 2019, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 10, 2019, 2pm

Catalina Foothills Hills High School

  • Rossini’s opera is a fine work – but the rip-roaring overture is where the action is. Sheer fun!

  • Haydn’s No. 60 makes use of music he wrote for a play, Le Distrait, by Jean-François Regnard

  • In 2013, at the age of 30, Caroline Shaw won the Pulitzer Prize for music

  • Entr’acte (a minuet & trio) was inspired by Haydn

  • Written for an adaptation of a commedia dell’arte libretto, Stravinsky later described writing the Pulcinella Suite as the epiphany through which the whole of his later work became possible

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MasterWorks 3

Beethoven × 2 

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, January 12, 2020, 2pm

Catalina Foothills Hills High School

  • Beethoven wrote Symphony No. 8 in 1812 at the age of 41

  • He referred to the generally light-hearted (but not lightweight) No. 8 as “little Symphony n F,” distinguishing it from Symphony No. 6, a longer work also in F

  • The surprise and humor of No. 2’s Scherzo became central qualities of Beethoven’s musical personality found in later works

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MasterWorks 4

Tubalicious

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
David Morgan, tuba

Coleridge-Taylor: African Suite: Danse nègre
Vaughan Williams: The Wasps Overture
Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Tuba
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 2, 2020, 2pm

Catalina Foothills Hills High School

  • Coleridge-Taylor, son of a Sierra Leone Creole physician and English woman, achieved such success when touring the U.S. in the early 1900s that he was likened to Mahler

  • The hugely popular The Wasps Overture is a brilliant marrying of Ravel’s French influence with broad, thoroughly English humor

  • “The Vaughan Williams concerto is robust with fantastic melodies and gives the audience a chance to really hear what the tuba can do, both technically and musically.” — David Morgan, TSO Principal Tuba

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MasterWorks 5

Eroica

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Lauren Roth, violin
Michelle Abraham Kantor, violin

Mozart: Concertone for Two Violins and Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Saturday, February 29, 2020, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, March 1, 2020, 2pm

Catalina Foothills Hills High School

  • “I love Mozart’s music, and this is a special opportunity for me to play it alongside my colleague and friend. Michelle and I are a team on the first stand and I hope the audience enjoys seeing us partner as soloists to bring alive the joy and life of this piece.” — Lauren Roth, TSO Concertmaster

  • Stretching boundaries of form, length, harmony, and perceived emotional content, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (1803/1804) is considered an important landmark in the transition between the Classical period and Romantic era

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