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José Luis Gomez, conductor
Maria Brea, soprano
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano*
Richard Trey Smagur, tenor
Kelly Markgraf, baritone
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus · Marcela Molina, interim director

Richard Wagner: Prelude to The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder*
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

There is no greater expression of humanity in music than Beethoven’s choral symphony, culminating with the Ode to Joy. It became the lodestar for everything that followed, including the romantic outpourings of Wagner. The boisterous Mastersingers overture is paired with the song-cycle that was inspired by the passionate poems of his muse at the time, Mathilde Wesendonck.

Underwritten by Drs. John P. and Helen S. Schaefer

This concert is in partnership with:

Tucson Desert Song Festival
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