As part of a monthlong discussion of Gustav Mahler, José Luis will host a book club reading Norman Lebrecht’s Why Mahler? Get the book and follow the reading guide. A series of videos will end with this final book club discussion. Start reading today!
Just For Kids
TSO Percussion Ensemble
Music by Emmanuel Chabrier, Claude Debussy, Francisco Tárrega, Georges Bizet and Dave Walton
Dorothy (no relation to that other Dorothy from Kansas) visits the faraway land of Spain! With the new friends she makes along the way, including her hero the Toreador, she experiences new music to share with her friends back in Tucson.
Originally scheduled as a guest conductor for February 2021, Perry So and José Luis talk about the life of a traveling conductor and bringing interesting new repertoire to audiences around the world.
Ben Nisbet talks with frequent guest conductor Mei-Ann Chen about her initiatives toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in classical music and on symphony orchestra stages.
José Luis Gomez digs into the TSO archives with a playlist of music to get you and a loved one in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Whether you’re cooking a nice meal or enjoying takeout from your favorite Tucson restaurant, let this be the soundtrack to a safe celebration!
José Luis Gomez interviews Principal Timpani Alana Wiesing. They discuss the marathon audition that won her a position as one of only a few women percussionists in a leadership role, and all the equipment intricacies that go into refining her music-making.
Originally scheduled as guest artists for March 2021, José Luis interviews guest conductor Jessica Cottis and piano soloist Joyce Yang. They discuss the piano concerto commission from composer Jonathan Leshnoff, how elements of personal identity and natural surroundings can inform a musician, and what they look forward to most when they bring this music to Tucson.
Wynne Wong-Rife, violin
José Leonardi Moore, violin
Alana Wiesing, timpani
Benjamin Nisbet, host
Sometimes you just gotta have fun! When social distancing keeps us apart, TSO can still come together with trivia. Watch as 3 TSO musicians leave their instruments in their cases and try to get to the top of the leaderboard. You might just learn something too!
Alexander Lipay, flute
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita in D minor, BWV 1004
Johann Sebastian Bach: Chromatic Fantasy, BWV 903
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
José Luis interviews frequent guest conductor and former TSO music director Bob Bernhardt. They recall what makes Tucson such a special place to each of them, the history of the repertoire performed by the TSO, and look forward to future live performances they will share with our audience.
Emily Chao, violin
Zachary Warren, flute
David Morgan, tuba
Benjamin Nisbet, host
Get ready for episode 2! When social distancing keeps us apart, TSO can still come together with trivia. Watch as 3 TSO musicians leave their instruments in their cases and try to get to the top of the leaderboard. You might just learn something too!
We were so happy to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday during the 2019–20 season by playing (almost) all his symphonies! José Luis Gomez created this playlist of excerpts from Symphonies 1–8 and recorded a video introduction to the playlist. We hope you can listen to this playlist and remember all those great moments!