Award Winning Trumpeter Pacho Flores To Perform American Premiere Of New Arturo Marquez Concerto With The Tucson Symphony Orchestra

by Tucson Symphony

Program Also Includes Music by Bernstein and Copland’s Our Town with Photos from Tucson History on the Big Screen

(Tucson, AZ)─Music Director José Luis Gomez will conduct award-winning trumpeter Pacho Flores and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in the American premiere of a new concerto by Arturo Márquez, widely recognized as one of the most important Mexican composers of his generation. The program, Fresh Music, Copland and More, also features music by Mozart, Bernstein and two pieces by Copland. Performances are Friday, January 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Tucson Music Hall. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances are complimentary with tickets.

Pacho Flores was awarded First Prize in the Maurice André International Contest, the most renowned trumpet contest in the world. Capable of managing classical or popular styles, he has performed with orchestras all over the world and is the Founding Director of the Latin-American Trumpet Academy in Venezuela. His appearance with the TSO will mark only the second time Marqeuz’s Trumpet Concerto has been performed following the world premiere in Mexico City in September 2018. Flores will also perform J.B.G. Neruda’s Concerto for Corno Da Caccia, written for the so-called Hunter’s Horn developed from the one used by the aristocracy in their “riding to the hounds.”

Arturo Márquez’s Concerto for Trumpet was co-commissioned by the TSO, Orquesta Nacional de México, Hyogo PAC of Japan and La Orquesta Sinfónica de las Islas Baleares. Flores says collaborating with the composer in person and being able to ask him questions was “like great composers such as Tchaikovsky, Bartok and Saint-Saëns used to do with their soloists.”

“I have played his music since I was a kid,” says Flores, “and I always dreamed of a trumpet concerto composed by Arturo Márquez,”

Fresh Music, Copland and More will open with the Overture to Mozart’s comic love story, The Abduction from the Seraglio and conclude with another popular overture to Bernstein’s Candide.

A highlight of the program will be music from Copland’s score for Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. As part of the TSO’s 90th anniversary celebration, it will be accompanied by a video presentation featuring 90 years of the TSO and scenes of Tucson. The program will also feature Four Dance Episodes from Copland’s music for the ballet Rodeo.

The Classic Series is sponsored by Mrs. Dorothy Dyer Vanek.

Tickets for Fresh Music, Copland and More are $30 to $86. They are available online at, at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Box Office, 2175 N. Sixth Avenue or by phone at 520.882.8585.  TSO Box Office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. unless otherwise indicated.

Programming, artists and prices are subject to change.

Contact: Terry Marshall, Public Relations Manager, 520.620.9158