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Grammy Winning Virtuoso Gil Shaham to Make Tucson Symphony Orchestra Debut Performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

Grammy Winning Virtuoso Gil Shaham to Make Tucson Symphony Orchestra Debut Performing Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto

José Luis Gomez to Conduct One Night Only Performance Featuring Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff Favorites

December 18, 2017

(Tucson, AZ)─ Hailed by The New York Times as “One of today’s preeminent violinists,” world renowned Grammy® Award winning virtuoso Gil Shaham will make his Tucson Symphony Orchestra debut performing Tchaikovsky’s breathtakingly beautiful Violin Concerto concluding a program featuring Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff favorites. Shaham will appear one night only, Friday, January 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall.

Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time; his flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as an American master. The Grammy Award-winner, also named Musical America’s 2012 “Instrumentalist of the Year,” already has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the charts in the U.S. and abroad. These recordings have earned multiple Grammys and many other awards. Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize.

After a performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Los Angeles Times exclaimed: “We were lucky: Gil Shaham was the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. His was […]

Music, Dance, Caroling and Snow When The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Celebrates The Magic of Christmas With The TSO Chorus, UA Dance Ensemble & Santa Claus

Music, Dance, Caroling and Snow When The Tucson Symphony Orchestra Celebrates The Magic of Christmas With The TSO Chorus, UA Dance Ensemble & Santa Claus

Holiday Magic for the Whole Family at Matinees December 16 & 17 at Tucson Music Hall

 Half Price Tickets for Children & Active Military

December 6, 2017

(Tucson, AZ)—Join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, TSO Chorus and the UA Dance Ensemble when it snows in the Tucson Music Hall at Magic of Christmas Saturday, December 16 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m.   Guest Conductor Michael Hall returns to conduct Magic of Christmas, leading a special holiday pops program featuring Tucson favorites  the TSO Chorus—Bruce Chamberlain, director, UA Dance Ensemble featuring choreography by Claire Hancock and, of course, Santa Claus. He will be in the lobby after both performances to accept Christmas lists.

Among the pieces featuring the TSO Chorus are the opener, John Williams’ “Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas,” and the final work, “A Christmas Carol Fantasy,” a festive, elegant and bright piece that premiered in Paris in 2012 and has since taken Europe by storm. The Chorus will also lead the audience for “A Holly Jolly Sing Along.”  UA Dance will be showcased on Nutcracker Selections and a favorite from last year’s program, Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Márquez, one of the most […]

Tucson Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Celebrate the Season with Handel’s Messiah

Tucson Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Celebrate the Season with Handel’s Messiah

Bruce Chamberlain to Conduct Performances at Catalina Foothills High School

November 30, 2017

(Tucson, AZ)— The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform George Frideric Handel’s Messiah including the joyful Hallelujah Chorus on Saturday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson. Bruce Chamberlain will conduct the orchestra, chorus and four soloists in this magnificent choral work.

Bruce Chamberlain is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Director of the Fred Fox School of Music and founding Director of the TSO Chorus, bringing to these positions 40 years of professional experience. Chamberlain has appeared with the symphony orchestras of St. Petersburg (Russia), San Antonio (Texas), 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 and the New York City Chamber Orchestra.

A summa cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with bachelor’s, master’s and DMus degrees, Chamberlain studied conducting with Julius Herford, Margaret Hillis and John Nelson, piano with Menachem Pressler, Wallace Hornibrook and Nicholas Zumbro, and continued choral/orchestral conducting studies with Helmut Rilling and Sir Andrew Davis.  This marks the 25th time in […]

Tucson Symphony Orchestra to Premiere Multi-Media Presentation Dvořák’s of New World Symphony

Tucson Symphony Orchestra to Premiere Multi-Media Presentation Dvořák’s of New World Symphony

Team Behind Last Season’s Hit, The Planets on the Big Screen, Returns With Visuals of the America the Composer Loved

November 27, 2017

(Tucson, AZ)─Conductor Mei-Ann Chen and visual artist Adrian Wyard, the winning team behind The Planets on the Big Screen last season, returns with a world premiere multi-media presentation of Dvořák’s most popular symphony, “From the New World.” Performances are Friday December 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.

Dvořák loved America and was deeply moved by it. He urged Americans to create their own style from their own music and demonstrated by example. The English horn solo in the Largo movement of the “New World” Symphony is said to emulate the voice of Dvořák’s pupil Harry T. Burleigh, who sang plantation songs and Stephen Foster favorites to his teacher. The Scherzo pounds with American Indian drums. Dvořák taught the teachers of some of the greatest American composers: George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington.

Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” premiered on December 16, 1893, at Carnegie Hall. The Czech composer was midway through a three year […]

Celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend With Bugs Bunny and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend With Bugs Bunny and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II Features Cartoons on the Big Screen, Original Scores Performed Live by the TSO

Show Includes New Cartoons Coyote Falls and Robin Hood Daffy

November 13, 2017

(Tucson, AZ)─Celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday weekend with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Bugs Bunny. The TSO will perform Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II on Saturday, November 25 at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 26 at 2:00 p.m. when the world’s most “Wascally Wabbit” and pals hop into the Tucson Music Hall. Classic Looney Tunes favorites like The Rabbit of Seville and What’s Opera, Doc? are projected on the big screen, paired with their original scores inspired by the master composers—just as everyone remembers them.

The Los Angeles Times called Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II at the Hollywood Bowl, “a wonderfully conceived program” that “enthralled” the audience. “The fusion of live orchestra and cartoons, which are beamed onto the big screen is simply seamless,” the review continued.

Just last year after a  performance at the Sydney Opera House, Broadway World raved, “Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II is a crowd pleasing collection of iconic cartoons and live performance of the classical music that lifts them to be so much more than children’s entertainment.”

Bugs Bunny at the […]

2017 American Pianists Awards Winner Drew Petersen to Perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

2017 American Pianists Awards Winner Drew Petersen to Perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Kansas City Symphony Music Director Michael Stern to Make TSO Debut Conducting Program Featuring Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3, “Polish”

November 6, 2017

(Tucson, AZ)— Drew Petersen, winner of the 2017 American Pianists Awards and the Christel DeHaan Fellowship of the American Pianists Association, will perform Edvard Grieg’s Concerto for Piano, one of the most popular of all piano concertos, with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Michael Stern, Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony, will conduct the performances on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 19 at 2:00 pm at the Tucson Music Hall.  The program will open with Sibelius’ Finlandia and conclude with the TSO premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 3, “Polish.” Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.

Drew Petersen’s career had an auspicious and early beginning: he was presented at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall at age five and by age 10 performed a solo recital at Steinway Hall in Manhattan for the company’s 150th Anniversary. His unique gifts have been profiled in The New York Times, New York Magazine and in the documentary Just Normal. Petersen graduated cum laude from Harvard at age 19 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Social […]