TSO reimagines its season – will develop a TSO digital stage beginning in fall, 2020
Tucson, Arizona – July 30, 2020: Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has decided to postpone its planned orchestral 2020–2021 season until the fall of 2021.
“From the beginning of the pandemic, we pledged to act responsibly toward the health of our patrons, our musicians, our staff, and our community,” said Steven P. Haines, President & CEO of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. “It is clear that proceeding with full orchestra concerts in our usual venues is not possible. This is only an intermission in the excitement of large-scale performances—we are developing new ways to bring music to Tucson online and, when it is safe, in person.”
In these unique times, TSO must develop new and unique ways to continue to engage with the community. TSO Music Director José Luis Gomez is taking his artistic vision to digital programming, which will feature TSO musicians and various ensembles, broadcasts of previously recorded concerts, special guests, interviews, and more. TSO administration is working closely with the musicians to realize this programming for fall 2020. TSO plans to unveil more details in September. Haines stresses: “This is not so much a reinvention, but a continued and ongoing invention of José Luis’ artistic vision.”
“I am excited by the creativity we can bring to digital programming,” said Maestro José Luis Gomez. “Our incredible musicians will be able to use their talents in new ways, forming ensembles and offering interesting, innovative repertoire. I am very hopeful that providing digital content will allow us to expand our audience in the Tucson community and beyond.”
TSO’s mission still moves forward, engaging the community through digital education programming with admission-free Just for Kids performances. Music in the Schools online content for students and teachers, and the Young Composers Project classes online.
CEO Haines indicated that there are financial challenges ahead, but he believes they can be managed. “We have had incredible ongoing support from generous donors who believe in the Mission of Tucson Symphony Orchestra. But we are going to have to take some very hard steps, which have already included administrative reductions and cuts.”
Karen Sivert, Vice Chair of the TSO Board of Trustees, said, “We, like arts organizations nationwide, have challenges ahead. However, we are deeply committed to using the coming year as a platform for innovation and opportunity. With the brilliant artistic leadership of José Luis and our amazing musicians, talented staff, generous donors, and loyal patrons, TSO is certain to thrive in its tenth decade.”
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