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Tucson Symphony Orchestra Family Program To Feature The Story of Babar The Little Elephant

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Family Program To Feature The Story of Babar The Little Elephant

José Luis Gomez to Conduct Poulenc’s Work with Narration by Reid Park Zoo Educator Jed Dodds

40-Minute Program also Features Henry Mancini’s “Baby Elephant Walk,”  “Elephant” from Carnival of the Animals and More, Plus an Instrument “Petting Zoo” After the Performances

February 22, 2018

(Tucson, AZ)─The elephant will definitely be in the room when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra performs a program for families culminating with Francis Poulenc’s The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant. Jose Luis Gomez will conduct two performances at 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 24 at the Leo Rich Theater. Jed Dodds, Reid Park Zoo Educator and host of KVOA’s “Zoo 4 You,” will narrate the tale. There will be an instrument “petting zoo” on the plaza outside the theater from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. The “petting zoo” will be hosted by the Civic Orchestra of Tucson.

The beloved character Babar the elephant was created by Jean de Brunhof and his wife Cecile in 1931. The Story of Babar is the first of six Babar books that de Brunhof wrote and illustrated. Paul de Brunhof continued his father’s work after Jean’s death in 1937. Paul created a complete elephant world with Babar as king of the elephant nation. More recently there have […]

Young Tucson Cellist Wins National Competition

Levi Powe has won Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition Three Times

Powe is a Student of Long Time TSO Cellist Mary Beth Tyndall

February 22, 2018

(Tucson, AZ)─Levi Powe, a 17 year old cellist who has won the Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artists Competition three times since he first entered at age 11, has won First Place in the 21st Annual Sphinx Competition Junior Division for musicians 17 and under.

Held every winter in Detroit, the competition is open to all Junior High, High School, and College age Black and Latino string players residing in the U.S. The Sphinx Competition offers young Black and Latino classical string players a chance to compete under the guidance of an internationally renowned panel of judges and to perform with established professional musicians in a competition setting. Its primary goals are to encourage, develop and recognize classical music talent in the Black and Latino communities. A previous winner, violinist Elena Urioste, was a featured soloist with the Tucson Symphony in October, 2013 and November, 2015. This year’s jury of seven professionals included violinist Rachel Barton Pine, who will perform with the TSO next month.

For the competition, Powe had to perform two contrasting movements of Bach Cello Suites, the first movement of Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 and Villa Lobos’ Song of the Black […]

Stars From American Idol, Broadway And Dance Featured On Tucson Symphony SuperPops! Program Let’s Dance

Stars From American Idol, Broadway And Dance Featured On Tucson Symphony SuperPops! Program Let’s Dance

January 31, 2018

(Tucson, AZ)─Stars from American Idol, Broadway and the world of dance will join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for a dazzling display of dance and dance music at the SuperPops program Let’s Dance Saturday, February 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall. Stuart Chafetz, who conducted Cirque Musica last season and trumpeter Byron Stripling the year before, returns to lead the two vocalists, three dance teams, tap dancer and orchestra as they waltz, cha-cha, tango and swing their way around the Music Hall stage.

Let’s Dance will feature performances by:

  • Michael Lynche, vocalist: After wowing millions of fans on American Idol with his comforting and powerful voice and performing throughout the U.S. as part of the American Idol LIVE! Tour, Michael Lynche, “Big Mike” as he was known to fans of the show, has released two studio albums and toured as an opening act for Boyz II Men.
  • Mamie Parris, vocalist: Mamie Perris most recently starred as Grizabella in the Broadway revival of Cats. Her Broadway and national tour credits include: Patty in School of Rock, Wicked (Elphaba), 9 To 5 The Musical (as Judy Bernly, the role created by Jane Fonda in the  […]

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Performances To Air on Arizona Public Media

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Performances To Air on Arizona Public Media

Hosted by Classical 90.5’s James Reel, 13 Week Series features Classic & Masterworks Programs from 2014 to the Present

January 3, 2018

(Tucson, AZ)─The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will return to the airwaves on January 11, 2018, when Classical 90.5 broadcasts the first in a series of thirteen performances from 2014 to the current season. Hosted by Classical 90.5’s James Reel, the concerts will air twice weekly, Sunday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. with a repeat on the following Thursday at 9:00 p.m. The TSO was last heard on Classical 90.5 when the station aired the Classic and Masterworks Series concerts from the 2013-14 season.

Tom McKinney, President and CEO of the Tucson Symphony, commented: “Anyone who attends a TSO performance has experienced moments of every kind: joy, wonder, surprise, empathy, and exuberance. Now you have a chance to re-live those moments—or, hear what you missed! The recordings were made in the highest resolution with some of the best equipment available. The sound is as true as it can be without actually being in the Tucson Music Hall.”

“Loyal listeners of Classical 90.5 will be thrilled to hear the Tucson Symphony Orchestra concert series back on the airwaves,” stated Jack Gibson, Arizona Public Media Director and General Manager. “Collaborations such as this […]

Arturo Sandoval Brings Grammy Winning Latin Jazz To Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Arturo Sandoval Brings Grammy Winning Latin Jazz To Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Program Will Feature Classics and Standards

January 4, 2018

(Tucson, AZ)─ Ten-time Grammy® Award winner Arturo Sandoval will join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for a TSO SuperPops program on Saturday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 pm at Tucson Music Hall.   Music Director José Luis Gomez will conduct the world renowned trumpeter in the performances presented as part of the HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival (TJF).

A protégé of legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Arturo Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is the recipient of ten Grammy® Awards, an Emmy Award for his score for the HBO movie about his life, For Love or Country, and six Billboard Awards. He was awarded the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2016 he received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Notre Dame. After one of his first performances when he left Cuba for the U.S. in 1990, The New York Times raved, “Mr. Sandoval is […]

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus To Hold Auditions

Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus To Hold Auditions

TSO Chorus Featured on Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

January 3, 2018

(Tucson, AZ)—The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus—Bruce Chamberlain, Director—will hold auditions Saturday, January 27 for new chorus members. All performances are with the TSO.

Now in its sixteenth season, the TSO Chorus will be featured on the 2017-18 Season Finale when Music Director José Luis Gomez conducts Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, known for the resounding “Ode to Joy.”

This season, the TSO Chorus was featured on Messiah, The Magic of Christmas and will be heard this month on Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish.” In a recent season, the Green Valley News and Sun called their performance of Poulenc’s Gloria, “the epitome of phrasing, intonation and balance,” and added, “The four months Professor Chamberlain spent preparing the chorus rewarded the audience in many ways.”

Founding Director of the TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Director of the Fred Fox School of Music bringing to these positions 40 years of professional experience. Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg (Russia), San Antonio (Texas), Jackson (Tennessee), Imperial Symphony Orchestra (Florida), Concerto Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic, Czech Virtuosi Orchestra (Brno), Budapest Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra, New England Symphonic Ensemble, Festival Orchestra of Iowa, New […]