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José Luis Gomez arrives at the TSO after catapulting to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductors Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010 securing a rare unanimous decision from the jury. He was immediately appointed Assistant Conductor of the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, a post created especially for him by his mentor, Paavo Jarvi, and the orchestra. José Luis Gomez made his TSO debut in October, 2014 conducting a work by one of his favorite composers, Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments,” and Chee-Yun in the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. He returned in 2015-16 conducting Amit Peled performing Elgar’s Cello Concerto, the Classic Series program, Fountains of Life: Respighi and Strauss, and the new Family Series with the TSO’s first performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf since 2002. This season sees Gomez make his Carnegie Hall debut and as his Moscow State Conservatory debut as well.

On this page you’ll find a complete listing of the 2016-17 TSO Season in date order. This overview is a good way for you to see what is happening at any point during our season. Each series or special event is color-coded for easy reference. When you’re ready to subscribe, simply click on the “Subscribe Now!” button. Renewing subscribers click on the “Renew Now!” button.

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Tucson Music Hall
Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:30 pm


Matthew Kasper, conductor
Paula Fan, piano
Rex Woods, piano
Christopher Cano, piano
Kyungsun Choi, piano
Rachael and Melissa Radtke, pianos
Jeffrey Haskell, piano

Seven of Tucson’s top pianists join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for a once-in-a-lifetime performance of music ranging from solo piano to Morton Gould’s intricate and melodious Inventions for 4 Pianos and Orchestra and the show-stopping “Stars and Stripes” for six pianos! Also featured are favorites by Bach, Poulenc, Saint-Saëns and the premiere of “Two Moonlights,” an arrangement by Jeff Haskell of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and the pop standard, “Moonlight in Vermont,” which he will perform with Paula Fan. Hosted by UA All-American Bob Elliott.

TSO musicians are donating their services for this benefit concert supporting youth and family programming.

Just 3 prices: the $36 “black keys” price, the $52 “white keys” price and the $88 “full keyboard” price, which includes the Key Note After Bash where you can meet the artists, enjoy complimentary food, beverages and entertainment at MOCA and catered by Café A La C’Art. As you are buying your tickets, simply click on the $52 price and you’ll see the option to buy the VIP $88 ticket.

Be a TSO Keys to Success Partner!

Your gift of $500 will make TSO’s award-winning children and youth programs happen.

TSO’s educational programming depends on support from you.  Symphonic music has been proven to develop life-skills, critical thinking, self-awareness and academic achievement. 

Tucson Symphony musicians believe so firmly in the orchestra’s mission to engage, educate and transform young lives that they are donating their service fees for this concert to help support TSO education programs.  

For your $500 Keys to Success Partnership gift we will thankfully provide:

  • Two premium tickets to the Piano Bash! 
  • An invitation for two to the Key Note After-Bash to enjoy post-concert wine, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment while mixing and mingling with artists and guests
  • Name recognition as a Keys to Success Partner in the concert program insert, an on-screen listing and on the post-event Piano Bash! Thank You page in the spring programs

You are the key to the success of children! 

Make your gift by contacting Celena Robles at 520-620-9162 or You may also download the form below and mail it in with your payment.

Sponsored by Ley Piano Company, AAA Insurance, and TEP.

Tommy Tom-Tom and Chillin’ Willie go to the Zoo - Just for Kids

Tucson Symphony Center
Saturday, April 1 2017
10am & 11:15am

TSO Percussion Ensemble

Our old friends Tommy Tom-Tom and Chillin‘ Willie take a field trip to the zoo, where they encounter and befriend Magilla Gorilla and Hicupotomous (the friendly hippo). Join us and learn about the sounds of the animal kingdom!


At the Kampa residence in the Tucson Mountains / Camino Del Cerro
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 5pm - 7pm

Hosts: Bonnie & Dick Kampa, Mary Lou Forier & Jack Wahl, T Van Hook & Rodger Schuld

Members of Run Boy Run
Michael Fan, violin
Paul Ensey, bass

The worlds of traditional mountain and classical music come together to present an evening inspired by the mountain west. Enjoy wine and appetizers – even a special whiskey-tasting - poolside at this gracious Tucson Mountain private retreat. And, don’t miss-out on this special opportunity to mingle with fellow guest and Music Director, José Luis Gomez, in town to conduct An Alpine Symphony.

The full address of the event will be made available upon purchase. Dress code is Tucson casual. Self-parking. Tickets are transferable and non-refundable


Tucson Music Hall
Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 36, “Linz”
R. Strauss: Alpine Symphony TSO PREMIERE

Celebrate spring by climbing an Alpine mountain! It takes over 100 musicians to perform Richard Strauss’ massive, theatrical Alpine Symphony, a gorgeously colored, consistently engaging musical travelogue of a dawn-to-dusk journey up a mountain. A lifelong avid outdoorsman, the work was inspired by the composer’s own experience as a youngster climbing mountains in the Alps. The program’s opening work will be announced later.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


Tubac Golf Resort and Spa
Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4:30pm

It may be only 30 minutes south of Tucson but you’ll feel like you are a world away. Stunning scenery, world class music and fine food make this evening extraordinary. The Santa Rita Mountains pose as a majestic backdrop as you gather on the Geronimo Deck for a welcome cocktail and hors d’oeuvres. Concerts by the Wind Quintet and Percussion Ensemble will be performed in the intimate candle-lit adobe chapel.

If you choose to stay overnight or for the weekend, a limited number of resort deluxe accommodations are available at a reduced price. Special room rates are based on availability. Call (520) 398-2211


TCC Leo Rich Theater
April 29, 2017 at 2pm and 3:30pm

Michael Hall, conductor

She hadn’t had a bath for a month of Sundays, so everybody called her Dusty Locks. But Trouble was her middle name. A wild and funny Southwestern Goldilocks. Way out West live three bears who like to keep their cabin neat and tidy. But one day while they’re out for a walk, a dirty little girl named Dusty Locks barges in. When the bears come home to find their nice, neat house looking like it’s been hit by a whirlwind, they get riled and Dusty Locks runs home so fast the dust doesn’t settle for a week.

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Samaha residence in Ventana Canyon
Friday, May 5, 2017, 7pm – 9pm

Hosts: Coppelia and Joseph Samaha
TSO Percussion Ensemble

Experience an unforgettable Cinco de Mayo celebration Frida Kahlo-style at this spectacular home nestled in Ventana Canyon . Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, margaritas, and tequila tastings from world-renowned Clase Azul as well. The night air will reverberate with sensational sounds of Mexico presented by the TSO Percussion Ensemble. Dress in your most festive Mexican attire and let the spirit of Frida and Casa Azul inspire you.

The full address of the event will be made available upon purchase. Self-parking. Tickets are transferable and non-refundable

Pip and the Pirate - Just for Kids

Tucson Symphony Center
Saturday, May 6, 2017
10am & 11:15am

TSO Flute Viola Harp Trio

It is graduation day at the Pirate Academy. “Ye be a true Pirate today, matey! Here be yer certificate. here be yer parrot.” “That’s not a parrot” said the new graduate. “She be too small. I wants a big squawker, not a pip squeaker.” “Nay! That be the last one we got. Take ‘er or leave ’er.” “Please take me,” said the tiny bird. I’ll make you proud of me.” Join us for this new musical adventure by TSO violinist and composer Michael Fan.