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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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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.

Young Composers Project Reading Sessions

Tucson Symphony Center
Friday, May 12, 2017, 7pm

TSO String Quintet

Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, May 13, 2017, 7pm
Sunday, May 14, 2017, 2pm

Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Juan Montoya, conductor

The program will consist of performances by the TSO String Quintet (Friday) and Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Saturday and Sunday) of new works composed by elementary through high school student composers in the TSO’s unique and nationally recognized Young Composers Project. Box office opens 90 minutes before each performance. Seating is general admission.