OPENING WEEKEND - Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin: American Essentials - Classic 1

Alain Lefèvre

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sunday, September 28 2014, 2:00 pm

George Hanson, conductor
Alain Lefèvre, piano

Bernstein: On the Town: Three Dance Episodes
Gershwin: Concerto in F
Copland: Symphony no. 3

Conducting a work by a favorite composer with whom he worked, Leonard Bernstein, and reuniting with his friend, pianist Alain Lefèvre, makes the opener one of the highlights of George Hanson’s final season with the TSO. This classic American program kicks things off in high style with Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from the 1944 musical, On the Town, George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto performed by Mr. Lefèvre and concludes with the essential American symphony, Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3.

“Bernstein was a great mentor and personal friend. He was my most important musical influence and I treasure the time I spent with him. Alain made a great contribution to the artistic development of this organization. He brought to us the most important artistic project in our history – our first internationally released CD recording. He’s an exceptional artist and a great friend.” - George Hanson

Just for Kids - Super Fun!

Tucson Symphony Center

First Saturday of the month from October through March
Two Performances: 10:00 AM and 11:15 AM.

A fun family experience for everybody. Filled with discovery, storytelling and a front row experience, our interactive ensemble concerts entertain, engage and educate our youngest listeners. (And maybe some of our older listeners too!) They’ll have a great time, and so will you. FREE for everybody with a suggested donation of $3 per person at the door.

Conveniently located at 2175 North Sixth Avenue with plenty of free parking.

October 4 - TSO String Quartet
November 1 - TSO Brass Quintet
December 6 - TSO Flute Viola Harp Trio
January 3 - TSO Wind Quintet
February 7 - TSO Piano Trio
March 1 - TSO Percussion Ensemble

May 3 - The Really Big Grand Finale! at the Fox Tucson Theatre

Barber and Copland: American Souvenirs - MasterWorks 1

Lauren Roth

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM

George Hanson, conductor
Lauren Roth, violin

Barber: Souvenirs
Menotti: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Kernis: Musica Celestis
Copland: Appalachian Spring

In her second season as TSO Concertmaster, Lauren Roth makes her solo debut performing the concerto Gian Carlo Menotti composed in 1952, one of three mid-twentieth century works on the program. Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring won a Pulitzer Prize in 1945 while Samuel Barber’s Souvenirs is a playful, waltz-like ballet suite with memorable melodies. The program also features Musica Celestis, one of the key orchestral works by another Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, Aaron Jay Kernis.

MICHAEL CAVANAUGH - SuperPops! Special

Michael Cavanaugh

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Michael Cavanaugh, vocals and piano

Singers and Songwriters: the Music of Paul Simon, Neil Diamond and James Taylor

The star of the Broadway hit, Movin’ Out and the charismatic voice of the Rock & Roll Songbook returns to the TSO for one night only.

You’ll love revisiting the platinum hits of pop music giants like Paul Simon (“Bridge over Troubled Water,” “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”), James Taylor (“Fire and Rain,” “You’ve Got a Friend”), Neil Diamond (“Sweet Caroline,” “I’m a Believer”), Bryan Adams (“Summer of 69”) and many more!

“Michael Cavanaugh scored another hit with Singers & Songwriters.” – Indianapolis Star

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Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto - Classic 2


Tucson Music Hall

Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 2:00 pm

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Chee-Yun, violin

Grieg: Norwegian Dances
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Nielsen: Symphony No. 2, “The Four Temperaments”

Chee-Yun, praised by The New York Times as, “a talented instrumentalist, with the kind of high-gloss tone that pulls sensuously at the listener’s ear,” makes her TSO debut performing Tchaikovsky’s breathtakingly beautiful Violin Concerto, one of the most beloved violin concertos ever written. Grieg’s Norwegian Dances and Nielsen’s Symphony No. 2 paint a portrait of Norway’s people and culture.

Feast at the Arizona Inn - Moveable Musical Feasts

Arizona Inn

Arizona Inn

Sunday, November 2, 2014 at 5:30 PM

TSO Wind Quintet
TSO Piano Trio

Back where the Feasts all began – the elegant, intimate and historic Arizona Inn, with charming rooms, courtyards and gardens. Featuring the TSO Wind Quintet and Piano Trio.

Rossini, Fauré & Schubert: European Romance - MasterWorks 2

Stilian Kirov

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Stilian Kirov, conductor

Rossini: Overture to Il barbiere di Sivigilia
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
Schubert: Symphony No. 5

Embark on a musical journey starting in Italy with Rossini’s brilliant, humorous and energetic overture to The Barber of Seville. Then visit France with the romantic, beautiful story of Pelléas et Mélisande by Fauré before ending in the city of music – Vienna. Schubert’s Fifth Symphony is one of the most beautiful early romantic pieces, very often praised for its resemblance in character to the music of Mozart.

Currently Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony, Stilian Kirov has also served as Associate Conductor of the Memphis Symphony and Music Director of the Memphis Youth Symphony Program. An Emmy winner for the Memphis Symphony’s Soundtrack Project, Kirov was also the recipient of Juilliard’s Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship.

Rachmaninoff & Dvořák: The Power of Romance - Classic 3

Jon Nakamatsu

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, November 14, 2014, 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:00 pm

Peter Bay, conductor
Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Torke: Javelin
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

An exciting mix of some of the most powerful works of the Romantic period with a celebratory opener from one of America’s most innovative composers: Javelin (composed for the 1996 Olympics) is Michael Torke’s best known work; 1997 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Jon Nakamatsu makes his TSO debut performing Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto, considered a pianistic feat. Dvořák set out to create a work “capable of stirring the world” and he did: inspired by his admiration for his Czech countrymen, his Seventh Symphony was immediately hailed as one of the “greatest and purist” symphonies since Beethoven wrote his final symphony more than 60 years earlier.

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Disney FANTASIA Live

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 4:00 PM matinee
Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 PM matinee

Thanksgiving weekend! Perfect for the whole family!

Disney’s crown jewel of feature animation with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra accompanying scenes from Walt Disney’s original Fantasia (1940) and Disney’s Fantasia 2000, highlighting a selection of the magnificent repertoire from both films including Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite. Other iconic moments from Disney’s stunning footage, such as Mickey Mouse as he dabbles in magic in Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the mythical unicorns and winged horses that accompany Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, will also be shown in high definition on the big screen. You’ll also see and hear Debussy’s Claire de Lune, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite and much more.

Watch the Disney FANTASIA Live Trailer

Brahms and Prokofiev - Classic 4

Vadim Gluzman

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, December 5, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 2:00 PM

George Hanson, conductor
Vadim Gluzman, violin

Coleman: Commission - WORLD PREMIERE
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 1

A concert of lush musical contrasts: Israeli violinist Vadim Gluzman returns to the TSO for the first time since standing ovations and rave reviews greeted his debut in 2010. His recent performance of Prokofiev’s Spanish influenced Second Violin Concerto was hailed by The New York Times as “a workout that balanced thoughtfulness and visceral power.” A new work by TSO Composer-in-Residence Dan Coleman opens the program and the soaring crescendos of Brahms’ First Symphony bring the concert to a powerful close.

Messiah and Bach - Holiday Special

Messiah and Bach

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 2:00 PM

George Hanson, conductor
Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano
Korby Myrick, mezzo-soprano
TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director

Bach: Christmas Oratorio, Cantata No. 1
Handel: Messiah • highlights

In the beautiful concert hall of Catalina Foothills High School

George’s last holiday appearance with the TSO! Bach’s joyous Christmas Oratorio is a culmination of his masterful style in an uplifting and spiritual work that joins soloists, orchestra and the Chorus in a moving and celebratory piece. One of choral literatures most important and popular works, Tucsonans come every year telling us that their holidays don’t truly begin until they’ve heard the TSO’s Messiah. These two MasterWorks create a glorious sound experience when performed in Arizona’s most outstanding acoustical venue according to TSO Music Director George Hanson.

Magic of Christmas - Holiday Special

Magic of Christmas

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 4:00 PM matinee
Sunday, December 21, 2014, 2:00 PM matinee

There’s nothing like the Magic of Christmas. This holiday spectacular brings joy to thousands of adults and children alike, and just like last season, the forecast is calling for snow in Tucson Music Hall! Bring the whole family to see and hear the TSO and our special guests play your favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces, sing, dance and tell the story of Christmas. Plus, Santa is going to make a special visit no matter if you’ve been naughty or nice! The Magic of Christmas will warm your heart.

Brahms and Mozart - MasterWorks 3

Keitaro Harada

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Keitaro Harada, conductor

Mozart: Symphony No. 32, “Overture” TSO PREMIERE!
de Falla: El amor brujo Ballet Suite
Brahms: Serenade No. 1

The program starts with an Italianate work of Mozart’s, the Symphony No. 32, so brief it has been performed as an overture, and follows with de Falla’s sumptuous, well known Andalusian suite, El amor bruno. Brahms’ Serenade No. 1 completes this joyful concert with its jubilant melodies of a young Johannes.

A student of Lorin Maazel, Keitaro Harada is the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival and was selected by the League of American Orchestras for its Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview. He is currently the Associate Conductor for Arizona Opera and Music Director of the Phoenix Youth Symphony.

The Symphony and Song - Classic 5

Katie Van Kooten

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

George Hanson, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
Angela Brower, mezzo-soprano
TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director

Poulenc: Gloria
Strauss: Don Juan
Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier: Presentation of the Rose/Final Trio

Richard Strauss’ Presentation of the Rose/Final Trio from Der Rosenkavalier is one of the most sublime moments in opera. The beautiful music of the three female voices which has made it an audience favorite for a century will be sung by Katie Van Kooten who returns to the TSO after her debut in Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis; Heidi Grant Murphy from the Metropolitan Opera and rising young mezzo-soprano Angela Brower.


In partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival

Mozart and Mahler Celebrate Family and Earth - MasterWorks 4

Tamara Mumford

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

George Hanson, conductor
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor

Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg) TSO PREMIERE!

Mozart and Mahler at the height of their powers: The Symphony No. 35 is a fiery work of brief intensity. Loved from its debut performance, it celebrates a prominent Salzburg family, the Haffners. Considered one of his greatest compositions, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde is a song of the Earth, full of soaring melodies with lyrics from Li Bai, a famous Tang dynasty poet. Four-time Grammy® winner, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and Metropolitan Opera star Tamara Mumford make their TSO debuts.


In partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival

The Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show - SuperPops! 2

The Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Jeans ’n Classics
Andrew Grams, conductor

The most artistically creative and daring rock genre, symphonic rock, performed the way it was meant to be – live with full orchestra. It was the era of the mega tour, the classic album, and iconic bands and songs. All of this making the perfect vehicle for the fusion of rock band with symphony orchestra. Featuring the music of The Moody Blues (including “Nights in White Satin/Late Lament,” “Question,” “Tuesday Afternoon,” and much more) plus songs from Electric Light Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, Procol Harum (“Whiter Shade of Pale”) and David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” all performed by vocalists and rock band with the full Tucson Symphony!

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 - Classic 6

Kimberly Toscano

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, February 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

David Alan Miller, conductor
Kimberly Toscano, timpani

Beethoven: Overture to Egmont
Kraft: Concerto for Timpani and Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

“A beautiful, life-affirming program with two of my favorite heroic masterpieces surrounding a one-of-a-kind American classic from 1983”– David Alan Miller. Kimberly Toscano, TSO principal timpanist, makes her solo debut performing William Kraft’s Timpani Concerto No. 1, casting a spotlight on an instrument of the orchestra most often seen from a great distance. “The piece explores the extent of the instrument,” explains Toscano. “It is a masterfully composed work and an extremely rewarding experience for performer and listener alike.”

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The Texas Tenors

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 PM

The Texas Tenors

Over 100 million people from around the world tuned in to NBC’s America’s Got Talent in 2009 to see The Texas Tenors become the highest ranking vocal group in the history of the show. From Alabama to Puccini, John Hagen, Marcus Collins and JC Fisher bring their unique blend of Country, Gospel, Classical and Broadway to the stage. With breathtaking vocals, humor and cowboy charm The Texas Tenors have traveled the globe. Their debut album Country Roots – Classical Sound has the distinction of being the only independent album to be #1 on both the Country and Classical charts. Wear your cowboy hat and bring your opera glasses - you’ll be shouting “Bravo!” and “Yee-Haw!”

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Mendelssohn & Schumann - MasterWorks 5

Sean Chen

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 PM

George Hanson, conductor
Sean Chen, piano

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 16, Lento assai (arr. Bernstein) TSO PREMIERE!
Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto No. 1
Schumann: Symphony No. 2

George Hanson comes full circle with Schumann’s uplifting Symphony No. 2 from the first TSO program he conducted, February 2, 1995. Sean Chen, an American Pianists Association award winner, was also a prize winner at the 2013 Cliburn Competition, the first American to make the finals since 1997. He will make his TSO debut performing Mendelssohn’s Italianate, technically virtuosic First Piano Concerto with its rapturous themes.

Mendelssohn founded the Leipzig Conservatoire (now the University of Music and Theatre Leipzig) and conducted the premiere of Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in Leipzig, the same city where Maestro Hanson makes his second home.

Mahler Symphony No. 3 - Classic 7

George Hanson

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, March 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

George Hanson, conductor
TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus

Mahler: Symphony No. 3 TSO PREMIERE!

George Hanson brings his tenure as Music Director and Conductor to a fitting and inspiring close with Gustav Mahler’s massive Symphony No. 3. By doing so, he continues his acclaimed conducting of Gustav Mahler’s work that has identified him as a “Mahler specialist” in Europe. The Symphony No. 3 may provide the finest illustration of Mahler’s musical philosophy that, “The symphony must be like the world. It must embrace everything.” Perfect music for a springtime evening or afternoon, it was composed in the summer on the shores of beautiful Lake Attersee in the mountains outside Salzburg with the sounds of nature, man and emotions. A great ode to nature!

“Mahler was inspired by Beethoven’s final string quartet to write his third symphony. Beethoven wrote this quartet as a farewell: Mahler took this “goodbye” and created from it a whole new world, full of wonderful possibilities. It is my favorite orchestral work and an appropriate one to conclude my years in Tucson – a community which has meant so much to me and to my family." - George Hanson


Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 PM


They put brass music on the map! Dixieland, Latin, jazz, big band, Broadway and Renaissance are all part of their repertoire. After four decades, the Canadian Brass continues to thrill audiences of all ages from North America to Europe, Australia and China and still score Billboard chart positions, most recently with Stars & Stripes: Canadian Brass Salute America which spent 8 weeks on the Top 25 Billboard Classical Chart. From formal classical concerts to music served up with lively dialogue and theatrical effects – the Canadian Brass has a uniquely engaging stage show with music performed with the utmost dedication, skill and excellence. The hallmark of any Canadian Brass performance is entertainment, spontaneity, virtuosity and, most of all, fun!

“An unbeatable blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor.”

– The Washington Post

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Ethan Bortnick

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

Ethan Bortnick
Markus Huber, conductor

At 12 years old Ethan Bortnick is the youngest performer ever to headline his own international concert tour, appearing in more than 200 concerts in the United States, Canada, Brazil, South Africa and Australia. This composer, pianist, and entertainer performs with a passion and heart that incites audiences to dance in the aisles. His fingers fly across the piano keys in a classical piece such as “Minute Waltz,” and the audience rocks out to classics such as “Rock Around the Clock,” “Lean On Me” and “Crocodile Rock.” Through his music, this charismatic young talent has helped raise more than $30 million for children’s charities.

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Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth

Tucson Music Hall

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 8:00 PM

Pinchas Zukerman, violin
Amanda Forsyth, cello

Pinchas Zukerman, a music world phenomenon for more than four decades, as a virtuoso violinist, violist, conductor and educator, makes his TSO debut performing Johannes Brahms’ glowing and vibrant Double Concerto with his wife, Amanda Forsyth, Principal Cellist with Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra.

“Incisive, insightful, and extremely beautiful.” – The Guardian

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Haydn and Bruckner - Classic 8

Feast at the Tucson Museum of Art - Moveable Musical Feasts

Celebrate the Future - Special

Reading Sessions with the TSO String Quartet - Young Composers Project

Reading Session with the TSO - Young Composers Project