Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, one of the greatest compositions in western music, provides a triumphant finale to the season with the famous “Ode to Joy” performed by top soloists, the TSO Chorus and a children’s chorus. One of the most popular symphonies ever, it follows what John Adams called a ”memory space” for 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series it won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003 and three Grammy® Awards in 2005.
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Join us for an evening of extraordinary music performed outdoors in one of Tucson’s most unusual and dramatic homes. Nestled high in Pima Canyon the Palmer Residence features an extensive collection of contemporary art glass beautifully complemented by floor to ceiling windows showcasing majestic views of the Catalinas. Join us early in the evening for wine and hors d’œuvres preceding the TSO Brass Quintet performance on the patio followed by a delicious seated dinner and dessert.
Music from the hit science fiction film 2001: A Space Odyssey on its 50th anniversary. The film is particularly remembered for the use of Richard Strauss’ tone poem Thus Spake Zarathustra, also recorded as a jazz-funk version that became a top five, Grammy® winning hit for Brazilian artist Deodato.
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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”.
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One of the world’s premier harpists, Yolanda Kondonassis performs Ginastera’s Harp Concerto, a melodic work well scored so that the harp is never overwhelmed by the orchestra. El río de los siete estrellas is one of the best-known works by top Venezuelan composer Evencio Castellanos.
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Fiddle Cat was always on the lookout for great places to eat. The Half Moon Café? That looks promising. He popped his head in and sniffed. Warm milk, buttery pastries, and coffee! Then he heard something that he had never heard before. “What’s that?” “That’s jazz!” said Bessie the Cow. “Little Dog Brown is rehearsing his new show.” Join the TSO Piano Trio for “Cat with a Fiddle,” a musical adventure by TSO violinist Michael Fan.
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Enjoy inspiring views of an amber sunset against the Catalina Mountains with a resounding, outdoor performance of the TSO Brass Quintet. Partake in guided tours of the residents’ private collection of bronze maquettes and sculptures, all while savoring delicious hors d’œuvres and wine to compliment this relaxing evening of brass sights, sounds, and indulgence.