Rachmaninoff Dance, Copland Romance

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, September 25, 8pm
Sunday, September 27, 2pm

Andrew Grams, conductor

Elgar: In the South TSO PREMIERE
Copland: The Tender Land Suite
    Party Scene TSO PREMIERE
    Finale: The Promise of Living
Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

The rhythm and energy of Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances combined with one of Copland’s signature pieces, The Promise of Living, get the season off to a festive start. The Symphonic Dances contain some of Rachmaninoff’s lushest harmonies as well as reference points from his 40 year career as a composer, pianist and conductor. The Promise of Living, the finale of Copland’s only opera, The Tender Land, reflects the hope of a young high school graduate as she prepares to leave her home on the farm to seek her fortune. Elgar’s In the South, composed on the Italian Riviera, opens this sparkling, all orchestral program.

Andrew Grams is currently Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras across the United States and internationally, and served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra. He received a degree in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School and his conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


Just for Kids

Tucson Symphony Center

Saturdays, 10am & 11:15am

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 our older listeners too!) They’ll have a great time, and so will you. FREE for everybody with a suggested admission of $3 per person at the door.

October 3 Wind Quintet
November 7 Piano Trio
December 5 Percussion Ensemble
January 2 String Quartet
February 27 Flute Viola Harp Trio
April 2 Brass Quintet

THE REALLY BIG JUST FOR KIDS GRAND FINALE CONCERT!
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2pm Leo Rich Auditorium

Experience the excitement of the whole orchestra in a concert designed just for your family! The TSO will perform an interactive concert filled with fun classical favorites and an exciting musical version of a story written by local children’s author Susan Lowell.


Masters Mozart & Beethoven

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, October 10, 8pm
Sunday, October 11, 2pm

Stilian Kirov, conductor

Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
Honegger: Pastorale d’été
Dvořák: Czech Suite
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

Two masterpieces open the MasterWorks Series: the Overture to Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony with the four notes that make it the most recognizable opening of any classical work ever. Honegger’s short pastoral is a symphonic tonal ode to the sounds of birds chirping, streams flowing and summer breezes blowing, the perfect complement to Dvořák’s Czech dances woven into a harmonic tapestry of great intricacy and beauty.

Stilian Kirov is currently the Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony. He previously served as Associate Conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and as Assistant Conductor to Bernard Haitink with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. A gifted pianist, Kirov is the 2001 gold medalist of the Claude Kahn International Piano Competition in Paris. 2015-16 marks his second appearance with the TSO.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


MUSIC OF JOHN WILLIAMS

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, October 17, 2015, 8pm
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2pm

Robert Bernhardt, conductor

Music plays a vital role in movies; heightening dramatic moments and etching stories and characters indelibly in our memory. John Williams is the master of film scores, composing music that has earned five Academy Awards®, four Golden Globe® Awards and 21 Grammys®. His scores are some of the most popular and recognizable in cinematic history including Jaws, the Star Wars series, Superman, the Indiana Jones series, Saving Private Ryan, the first three Harry Potter films, Memoirs of a Geisha, War Horse, and Lincoln to name just a few. Experience the excitement and adventure captured in his compositions to the fullest plus entertaining anecdotes from Williams’ friend and the evening’s conductor, Robert Bernhardt.


Best of Both Worlds: Daugherty Debut, Beloved Brahms

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, October 23, 8pm
Sunday, October 25, 2pm

David Danzmayr, conductor
Terrence Wilson, piano

Bernstein: Overture to West Side Story
Daugherty: Deus ex Machina TSO PREMIERE
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Pianist Terrence Wilson returns to perform the TSO premiere of a work he debuted, recorded and won a Grammy® for, Deus ex Machina by Michael Daugherty, one of the most widely performed American concert music composers of his generation. Inspired by the railroad, Deus ex Machina illustrates Daugherty’s acclaimed melodic and rhythmic vitality and his skill at blending classical styles with popular music and film scores. Wilson has been hailed as a “young pianist with 24-Karat virtuosity to burn.” Brahms’ Symphony No. 4, inspired by a Bach chaconne, is immensely popular for its soaring, well recognized melodies. Bernstein’s Overture to West Side Story sets the mood for a rousing program of high energy music.

Austrian conductor, David Danzmayr, is the Music Director of the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra in suburban Chicago and the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra. Previously he served as Assistant Conductor of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. This will be his second appearance with the TSO.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails and Dragonfly Gallery

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails

Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:30pm

TSO String Quartet
TSO Wind Quintet

Enjoy a four-course meal prepared by one of Tucson’s best-loved chefs, Janos Wilder, in a chic atmosphere of high ceilings, an open kitchen and exposed brick that marries contemporary to historic. The evening includes a presentation from Chef Janos on his cuisine and how he pairs wine with food.


The Strausses & A Young Master

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, November 7, 8pm
Sunday, November 8, 4pm

Keitaro Harada, conductor

J. Strauss: Die Fledermaus Overture (The Bat)
J. Strauss: Zigeunerbaron Overture (Gypsy Baron)
Itoh: Ripple Effect WORLD PREMIERE OF FULL ORCHESTRA VERSION
R. Strauss: Le bourgeois gentilhomme

The world premiere of a work by an award- winning young composer hailed by The New York Times as “brashly youthful and fresh” will conclude a history-making week for the TSO. Composer Takuma Itoh’s residency marks the first time the TSO has been awarded a grant from the League of American Orchestra’s Music Alive: New Partnerships Residency Plans (administered with New Music USA). Dr. Itoh’s Ripple Effect will be in impressive company on a program with two Johann Strauss overtures, Die Fledermaus (The Bat) and Zigeunerbaron (Gypsy Baron) plus Richard Strauss’ Le bourgeois gentilhomme, his orchestral suite inspired by Molière’s comedy of the same name.

Keitaro Harada is increasingly recognized at the highest levels for his artistic abilities. A student of the late Lorin Maazel, he is the recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship, the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. He was named Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony in 2014 and continues as Associate Conductor for Arizona Opera.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


Sibelius & Elgar’s Enigmatic Friends

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, November 13, 8pm
Sunday, November 15, 2pm

David Alan Miller, conductor
Elena Urioste, violin

Tower: Tambor TSO PREMIERE
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Elgar: Enigma Variations

Sphinx Medal of Excellence winner Elena Urioste and the TSO observe the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’ birth with his virtuosic yet melodic Violin Concerto. Urioste’s performances of the concerto have been hailed by critics for her “virtually flawless and seemingly effortless” technique. Elgar’s intriguing musical portraits of his friends in the Enigma Variations and Joan Tower’s percussive Tambor, inspired by the vibrant drumming in Bolivia where she grew up, make this a deeply personal program and one of exceptional diversity.

David Alan Miller, Music Director of the Albany Symphony since 1992, made his TSO debut in the 2014-15 season. Prior to his appointment in Albany, Mr. Miller was Associate Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic for five years.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


Spanish Inspiration, French Impressionism: Ravel & Falla

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, December 4, 8pm
Sunday, December 6, 2pm

Peter Bay, conductor
David Barford, oboe

Ravel: Alborada del Gracioso
Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat Suites No. 1 & 2
Françaix: Flower Clock TSO PREMIERE
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2

Manuel de Falla uses traditional Andalusian folk music throughout the ballet, The Three-Cornered Hat, and Maurice Ravel incorporates Spanish musical themes into the technically challenging Alborada del Gracioso (Morning Song of the Jester). Ravel called Daphnis et Chloé a “choreographic symphony” and the ballet has been called “a masterpiece for orchestra.” It is widely regarded as some of his best and most passionate work and Suite No. 2 is the more frequently performed of the two suites. Jean Françaix earned Ravel’s blessing when he was a student at the Paris Conservatory. Françaix composed the Flower Clock for the principal oboist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and now it will be performed by Principal Oboe David Barford in his TSO solo debut.

Peter Bay is currently Music Director and Conductor of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the Hot Springs Music Festival in Arkansas and the Big Sky Festival in Montana, and just completed a 20-year tenure as Music Director of the Britt Festival Orchestra in Jacksonville, OR. He has appeared with over 70 orchestras in the U.S. and made his TSO debut in the 2014-15 season.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


MESSIAH

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, December 12, 8pm
Sunday, December 13, 2pm

Peter Bay, conductor
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Bruce Chamberlain, director

Get some holiday spirit with Handel’s pulse pounding, earth shaking Messiah! One of choral literature’s most important and popular works, Tucsonans come every year telling us that their holidays don’t truly begin until they’ve heard the TSO and TSO Chorus perform Messiah. George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece is the perfect way to start the holiday season, creating a glorious sound experience when performed in one of Arizona’s most outstanding acoustical venues.

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MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, December 19, 4pm
Sunday, December 20, 2pm

HO HO HO!! There’s nothing like the Magic of Christmas. This holiday spectacular brings joy to thousands of adults and children alike. 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 and the forecast calls for snow! 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.

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Moonstruck: Schumann & Schmidt

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, January 9, 2016, 2pm
Saturday, January 9, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 2pm

George Hanson, conductor laureate
Schumann: Manfred Overture
Schmidt: Lunar Reflections WORLD PREMIERE
Schumann: Symphony No. 1, “Spring”

The supernatural, the moon and the romance of spring! Robert Schumann’s Manfred Overture, inspired by Lord Byron’s haunting poem of the same name, and Symphony No. 1, “Spring,” inspired by the “spring of love,” according to the composer, are a perfect fit with the world premiere of the orchestral version of Lunar Reflections by Heather Schmidt. Instead of five movements, Schmidt says it’s in five “moons,” from the delicate beauty of a February Snow Moon to the clangorous energy of a July Thunder Moon.

George Hanson was Music Director and Conductor of the TSO from 1996 to 2015. As Conductor Laureate for the 2015-16 season, he will conduct one Classic and one MasterWorks program. He is now based in Leipzig, Germany.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


BYRON STRIPLING: SOUNDS OF NEW ORLEANS

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, January 17, 2016, 2pm

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

A spectacular trumpeter with a very wide range, a beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Byron Stripling is an extroverted performer who brings the audience into his music and is constantly in demand to play with pops orchestras around the world. The happiness that he exudes through his trumpet, his vocals and his words is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, yet very much his own. Originally Byron enrolled at the Eastman School of Music with plans to become a classical trumpeter. “I loved classical music but my heart kept on going to Clifford Brown, Lee Morgan and Kenny Dorham.” His career blossomed as he toured with legends such as Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine, the Woody Herman Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra when it was led by Thad Jones and Frank Foster III. His performances are full of remarkable musicianship, wit, showmanship, and a joyous spirit.

See and hear more on YouTube:
Byron Stripling Bern May, 2000
Doc Severinsen - Byron Interview
Trumpeter Byron Stripling on his own musical education, Jazz Times Video


Mahler and Martial Arts

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, January 22, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 2pm

George Hanson, conductor laureate
Sasha Cooke, mezzo
Richard Cox, tenor
Anne Gratz, cello

Tan Dun: Crouching Tiger Concerto for Cello and Chamber Orchestra
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde TSO PREMIERE OF FULL ORCHESTRA VERSION

Prepare for Chinese New Year (the year of the horse) by delving into ancient Chinese legends and poetry. Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde is based on works by Li Bai, the wandering poet of the Tang Dynasty; Tan Dun’s Oscar winning score for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon accompanied a martial arts adventure from the Qing Dynasty and featured a performance by Yo-Yo Ma. George Hanson, considered a Mahler specialist in Europe, will return to conduct the full orchestral version of the composer’s celebration of earthly beauty, Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Featured soloists are Grammy® winning mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke and rising Metropolitan Opera star Richard Cox. TSO Principal Cello, Anne Gratz, will make her solo debut.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.

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Brandenburg, Jupiter & More Points of Interest

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, February 6, 2016, 2pm
Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, February 7, 2016, 2pm

Markus Huber, conductor

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
Stravinsky: Concerto in E-flat (Dumbarton Oaks)
Ibert: Divertimento TSO PREMIERE
Mozart: Symphony No. 41, “Jupiter”

Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos are the epitome of complex, appealing Baroque works with the third presenting an integration of great beauty. The Brandenburgs inspired Stravinsky to craft an updated form in his concerto, Dumbarton Oaks, written during his “neo-classical” period. Jacques Ibert’s Divertimento is characteristic of the good nature and brilliance of his works, brimming with wit and high spirits. Mozart’s last symphony, “Jupiter,” is regarded by many as his greatest work. A showcase for all of his considerable talents, it ranks as one of the world’s grandest symphonies.

Currently Music Director of Opera Pforzheim, German-born Markus Huber made his TSO debut when he conducted The Lord of the Rings Symphony in 2008. He began his conducting career as principal conductor of the Collegium Instrumentale Chemnitz. He is also principal conductor of Westsächsisches Symphonieorchester Leipzig. 2015-16 marks his fifth appearance with the TSO.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


CURTIS STIGERS: HOORAY FOR LOVE

Tucson Music Hall

Saturday, February 13, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, February 14, 2016, 2pm

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

Often euphoric and always elegant, the songs of Hooray For Love dart easily between standards and songs that perhaps should be. Like Sinatra and Nat “King” Cole, singer/ songwriter/saxophonist and two-time Jazz ECHO Award Male Jazz Singer of the Year, Stigers possesses a curator’s knack for hearing a song, framing its heart and making it his own, be it the work of Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Wilco or The Kinks. Classics like “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “The Way You Look Tonight,” and “Love Is Here to Stay” are taken for a spin with his rich singing voice — singular, balletic, at turns mournful and playful. Hooray For Love is the embodiment of what happens when everything works,“ raves Critical Jazz about Stigers’ album of the same name. “Nothing short of amazing.”

“Rock ‘n’ roll and jazz share so many of the same artistic bloodlines that it’s remarkable the two don’t fuse more often into the kind of inspired marriage of visceral clout and intellectual savvy conjured by the singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers.” – The New York Times

See and hear more at www.curtisstigers.com


Fountains of Life: Respighi & Strauss

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, February 19, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, February 21, 2016, 2pm

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Lauren Roth, violin

Respighi: Fountains of Rome
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
Strauss: Death and Transfiguration

TSO Concertmaster Lauren Roth will make her Classic Series debut performing one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertory, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 on a program with two popular tone poems: Bruch’s colleague, Ottorino Respighi, composed one of the most eminent examples of the symphonic poem, his musical interpretation of four of the Fountains of Rome at the time of day when they are at their most beautiful. In Death and Transfiguration, Richard Strauss spectacularly captured life in the form of a tone poem, rich with melodies and harmonies from fine, nuanced pianissimos to lavish crescendos.

José Luis Gomez is the young Venezuelan-born, Spanish conductor catapulted to worldwide attention when he won First Prize at the International Sir Georg Solti Conductor’s Competition in Frankfurt in September 2010 in a rare unanimous decision from the jury. This will be his second appearance with the TSO.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


THE CHIEFTAINS

Tucson Music Hall

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 8pm

Six-time Grammy® winners, The Chieftains are now recognized for bringing traditional Irish music to the world’s attention. They have uncovered the wealth of traditional Irish music that has accumulated over the centuries, making the music their own with a style that is as exhilarating as it is definitive. Never afraid to shock purists and push boundaries, in their over 50 years together The Chieftains have amassed a dizzyingly varied resume. They have performed with symphony and folk orchestras worldwide, and have broken many musical boundaries by collaborating and performing with some of the biggest names in rock, pop and traditional music in Ireland and around the world. They are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains’ music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began.

See and hear more at www.thechieftains.com


ANDRÉ WATTS PLAYS RACHMANINOFF

Tucson Music Hall

ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED PIANISTS IN THE WORLD FOR OVER 50 YEARS IN HIS TSO DEBUT

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 8pm

Gerhardt Zimmermann, guest conductor
André Watts, piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

Already a Grammy® winning superstar by the time he was 16, André Watts has played before royalty in Europe and heads of government in nations all over the world. He received a 2011 National Medal of Arts from the President of the United States for his outstanding contributions to the arts. Watts performed Rachmaninoff’s romantic concerto to mark his milestone 100th performance with the New York Philharmonic, where he made his debut in 1963 under Leonard Bernstein.

“Mr. Watts opened with a nuanced show of mounting intensity. He plays unstintingly, every little passage crafted with love and attention. His tones are warm and gleam like burnished gold. He molded phrases with a subtle elasticity that charged his playing with a sense of spontaneity, and handled treacherous passages in the finale with consummate ease. The hall was full and the audience responded with a standing ovation and thunderous applause the moment he finished the finale with rousing grandeur.”
The New York Times, December 2012


Mendelssohn’s “Reformation”

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 2pm
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, March 6, 2pm

James Feddeck, conductor

Glinka: Valse-Fantasie TSO PREMIERE
Mozart: Divertimento K.136
Debussy: Children’s Corner TSO PREMIERE
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 5, “Reformation”

Inspired by a romantic attraction, Glinka’s Valse-Fantasie transforms a waltz into an expansive symphonic poem with an incredible range of emotions. Mozart’s Divertimento shows how he can turn on the charm to compose a warm, elegant piece of music that was likely written for an intimate, winter evening party at a private home in Salzburg. Dedicated to his three-year old daughter, Debussy’s signature mellifluous melodies evoke childhood memories in the Children’s Corner. Mendelssohn’s Fifth Symphony, “Reformation,” ends the program on a celebratory note.

Winner of the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013, James Feddeck was the Assistant Conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra from 2009 to 2013. His 2014-15 season includes engagements with the Chicago, Ottawa, Vancouver and Milwaukee Symphony orchestras.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


MAMBO KINGS

Tucson Music Hall

A Fusion of Afro-Cuban music and Contemporary Jazz

Saturday, March 12, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 2pm

Albert-George Schram, conductor

A fascinating journey through the music of Latin America and the U.S. From the sultry melancholy of Astor Piazzolla and the burning Afro-Cuban jazz of Tito Puente, to the rhythmic playfulness of jazz great Dave Brubeck and the pop strains of The Beatles, Mambo Kings will be your guide on a Latin jazz tour of the Pan American experience, featuring music from the U.S., Perú, Argentina, Cuba and Puerto Rico. With music that soars over sheer rhythmic joy, the famous and celebrated Mambo Kings are enjoying great success as a leading Latin jazz ensemble, and have rapidly earned a national reputation for their explosive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and jazz improvisation. Since their debut in 1997 with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Mambo Kings have appeared with the Detroit Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, The Cleveland Pops, Dallas Symphony, and many more.

“If major-league arrangements of high-voltage Latin music is your forte, you’ll definitely enjoy Mambo Kings…they were hot, full of energy and excitement.” – Naples Daily News

“After the last number, Tito Puente’s “Oye Como Va” (arr. Delaney), the Vancouver audience clamored for more.” – reviewVancouver

See and hear more at www.mambokingdom.com


Carmina Burana

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, March 18, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 2pm

Andrew Grams, conductor
Sonja Tengblad, soprano
Eric Neuville, tenor
Charles Wesley Evans, baritone
TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus

Orff: Carmina Burana

You’ve heard the music in movies, rock songs, commercials, wrestling events and video games. Now hear Carmina Burana in all of its glory with full orchestra and the TSO Chorus, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and soloists from the five-time Grammy® nominated vocal ensemble, Conspirare. Famously lusty and lyrical, Carmina Burana was created by composer Carl Orff from 24 bawdy, irreverent and satirical poems written by students and clergy in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries. Hoist a few to the rites of spring and be transported from the Tucson Music Hall to a beer garden party!

Andrew Grams is currently Music Director of the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted orchestras across the United States and internationally, and served as Assistant Conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra. He received a degree in Violin Performance from The Juilliard School and his conducting degree from the Curtis Institute of Music.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


Tanque Verde Ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch

Sunday, April 10, 2016, 5:30pm

TSO Brass Quintet
TSO Flute Viola Harp Trio

Nestled in the natural beauty of the Rincon Mountains, Tanque Verde Ranch offers awe-inspiring scenic views. You’ll indulge in a mouth-watering four course meal with paired wines while taking in the authentic dude ranch atmosphere. The evening includes a guided tour of wines and a talk about the menu by the Chef.


Sailing with Scheherazade

Tucson Music Hall

Friday, April 15, 2016, 8pm
Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2pm

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Smetana: The Moldau
Britten: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

Get ready to go with the flow in this all orchestral program. From Smetana’s symphonic poem Má vlast comes the rolling, roiling, rumbling sounds of the river Moldau, his most beloved work. The Four Sea Interludes from Benjamin Britten’s opera, Peter Grimes, capture Dawn, Sunday Morning, Moonlight and The Storm, as the story unfolds about life in a fishing village. Rimsky-Korsakov’s most popular work, the famous tale of one thousand nights, Scheherazade, ends the Classic Series in an appropriate way: the entire piece is full of remarkable solo opportunities for nearly every instrument in the orchestra.

One of America’s most dynamic young conductors, Mei-Ann Chen has been Music Director of the Memphis Symphony since 2010 and of the Chicago Sinfonietta since 2011. A sought-after guest conductor, she made her TSO debut in November, 2012 conducting Dvořák’s eighth symphony.

Concert Comments with the conductor and/or guest artists occur one hour prior to each performance. Complimentary with purchase of concert ticket.


The Really Big Just for Kids Grand Finale Concert!

TCC Leo Rich Theatre

Sunday, May 1, 2016, 2pm Leo Rich Auditorium

Experience the excitement of the whole orchestra in a concert designed just for your family! The TSO will perform an interactive concert filled with fun classical favorites and an exciting musical version of a story written by local children’s author Susan Lowell.


Young Composers Project Reading Sessions

Tucson Symphony Center

Friday, May 13, 2016, 7pm

TSO String Quintet

Witness the birth of new works written by students ages 9-18, all members of the TSO Young Composers Project. These reading sessions bring the audience into the rare first reading of new works.

“IN ALL MY YEARS WORKING WITH ORCHESTRAS I HAVE
NEVER ENCOUNTERED SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY PROGRAM.”
– Yo-Yo Ma


Young Composers Project Reading Sessions

Catalina Foothills High School

Saturday, May 14, 2016, 2pm and 7pm

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Witness the birth of new works written by students ages 9-18, all members of the TSO Young Composers Project! These reading sessions bring the audience into the rare first reading of new works.