2020–21 SEASON OVERVIEW

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CLASSIC SERIES

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Classic 1

Season Opening:
Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Amit Peled, cello

Luigi Dallapiccola: A Little Night Music (Piccola musica notturna)
Camille Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

Friday, September 25, 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 27, 2020, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

“Larger-than-life” Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled returns to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for Camille Saint-Saëns’ First Cello Concerto, often considered the greatest concerto for the instrument.

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Alexandre Benois costume for Petrushka

Classic 2

Bruch and Stravinsky

Tito Muñoz, conductor
Steven Moeckel, violin

Silvestre Revueltas: Sensemaya
Max Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Minor
Igor Stravinsky: Petrushka

Friday, October 16, 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

Petrushka, the second of Stravinsky’s three early, magnificent ballets for Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russe, displays the full range of virtuosity and color of Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s musicians.

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Classic 3

Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551, Jupiter
Béla Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123

Friday, November 6, 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 8, 2020, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

Mozart’s last and most ambitious symphony, the Jupiter, is best known for the ecstatic counterpoint of its finale.

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Classic 4

Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major

Carl St. Clair, conductor
Alexander Romanovsky, piano

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 17 in G Major, K. 453
Richard Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), TrV 90, Op. 40

Friday, December 4, 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2020, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

In Mozart’s G Major Concerto we experience effortless joy, culminating in an overtly operatic finale. Pianist Alexander Romanovsky won the Busoni International Piano Competition at the age of 17.

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Classic 5

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Erin Wall, soprano

Samuel Barber: Second Essay for Orchestra, Op. 17
Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Op. 24
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 4 in G Minor

Friday, January 22, 2021, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 24, 2021, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

Mahler’s Fourth Symphony is perhaps the easiest to enjoy of his symphonies for the general listener.

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Classic 6

Ravel and Debussy

José Luis Gomez, conductor
University of Arizona Dance
Tucson Symphony Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director

Gabriel Fauré: Pavane
Claude Debussy (arr. Colin Matthews): Symphony in B minor
Claude Debussy (arr. André Caplet): Clair de lune
Maurice Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé

Friday, February 19, 2021, 7:30 pm
Sunday, February 21, 2021, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

Maurice Ravel called his Daphnis, written for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russe, a choreographic symphony. But its grandeur isn’t just its size; Ravel brought more color and imagination to Daphnis than anything else he wrote for the orchestra. This is the first time the whole ballet will be performed in Tucson.

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Classic 7

Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony

Jessica Cottis, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

Gabriela Lena Frank: Elegía Andina
Jonathan Leshnoff: Piano Concerto Co-Commission
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E♭ Major, Op. 82

Friday, March 19, 2021, 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 21, 2021, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

Joyce Yang, Silver Medalist of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, performed the world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Piano Concerto in November 2019, a piece that was co-commissioned by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

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Classic 8

Violin Showpieces

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Nemanja Radulović, violin
Tucson Symphony Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director

Alexander Borodin: Polovstian Dances from Prince Igor
Ernest Chausson: Poème, Op. 25
Maurice Ravel: Tzigane, rapsodie de concert, for Violin and Orchestra
Leoš Janáček: Sinfonietta
Mieczysław Weinberg: Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes

Friday, April 16, 2021, 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 18, 2021, 2:00 pm

Tucson Music Hall

Virtuoso violinist Nemanja Radulović plays two rhapsodic showpieces—the exquisite Poème of Ernest Chausson and Maurice Ravel’s exotic Tzigane.

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