CLASSIC GERSHWIN - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, September 23, 7:30pm
Sunday, September 25, 2pm

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Joyce Yang, piano

Gershwin: Cuban Overture
Villa-Lobos: Chôros n. 6 TSO PREMIERE
Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
Gershwin: An American in Paris

Jazz was the music of the Roaring 20s in Paris and America and its influence on Gershwin and Ravel is on glorious display. Gershwin composed his fabulous tribute to la musique et la vie française after soaking up the sounds of Paris and Ravel infused his concerto with Jazz after he did an American tour. Van Cliburn competition silver medalist, Joyce Yang is the perfect choice to convey the delicacy and power of his piano concerto with her “poetic and sensitive pianism” (Washington Post). The Cuban Overture’s Caribbean rhythms and the music of Brazilian street musicians in Chôros n. 6 complete this whirlwind musical tour.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


CORELLI & MOZART’S SYMPHONY NO. 39 - MasterWorks

Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, October 8, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 9, 2pm

NEW St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Friday, October 7, 7:30pm

Andrew Grams, conductor & violin

Golijov: Last Round
Corelli: Concerto Grossi Op. 6 Nos. 1 and 4 TSO PREMIERE
Mozart: Symphony No. 39

One of the crown jewels of Baroque instrumental music! Andrew Grams makes his TSO debut as a violinist when he conducts and plays violinist and composer Arcangelo Corelli’s best-known work. The program flows from the “nuevo tango” of Osvaldo Golijov’s tribute to Astor Piazzolla, a work rich in Piazzolla styled melodies and rhythms, to Mozart’s eloquent and powerful 39th, still one of his most performed symphonies although details of its composition have mystified scholars for centuries.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


SUPER DIAMOND & THE TSO SALUTE NEIL DIAMOND - SuperPops!

Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, October 15, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 16, 2pm

Sean O’Loughlin, conductor

Experience the excitement of Neil Diamond’s hits performed by Super Diamond with the TSO. Hear your favorites including the No. 1 hits Cracklin’ Rosie, and Song Sung Blue, plus the classics Shilo, Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon, Solitary Man, Cherry Cherry, Sweet Caroline, Forever in Blue Jeans, America and many more. The “Solitary Man” himself has sold over 100 million records, been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and he loves Super Diamond! He has sung with them twice and calls their show “wonderful.” Super Diamond appeared on Late Show with David Letterman during the former show’s “Tribute Band Week” and they have performed their high-octane Neil Diamond salute with orchestras from coast-to-coast including the Charlotte, Pacific, Utah, San Diego and Phoenix Symphonies.


THE PLANETS ON THE BIG SCREEN - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, October 21, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 23, 2pm

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor
Women of the TSO Chorus
Bruce Chamberlain, director

Gandolfi: The Universe Cascade from the Garden of Cosmic Speculation TSO PREMIERE
Walton: Wise Virgins Suite TSO PREMIERE
Holst: The Planets

Explore The Planets as you never have before – on the big screen! A musical tour-de-force and one of the most popular symphonic pieces ever written, Gustav Holst’s The Planets, is accompanied by spectacular footage with segments from Tucson’s own Peter Smith. Smith is Professor Emeritus at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona, where he was the principal investigator for the Phoenix Mars Mission. William Walton’s arrangement of Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas and chorale preludes for the ballet, The Wise Virgins, is an appropriately buoyant companion piece while Michael Gandolfi navigates through 28 pieces of music from the last 1200 years in his imaginative six-minute Universe Cascade.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


THE MUSIC OF THE WHO - Special

Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, October 29, 7:30pm

Brent Havens, conductor

The Who are rock ‘n’ roll royalty whose musical influence will be felt by generations to come. Celebrate The Who as you’ve never done before – live with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a rock band. This Brit-Invasion era journey highlights selections from Tommy, Quadrophenia and Who’s Next, all of which are cemented in rock ‘n' roll lore. You’ll hear Pinball Wizard, Won’t Get Fooled Again, I Can See for Miles, My Generation and many more!

Advance tickets for The Music of The Who can be purchased at a discount with your subscription order.


MOVEABLE MUSICAL FEAST AT STILLWELL HOUSE - Special

Stillwell House
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 5:30pm

Stillwell House is a century-old mansion in downtown Tucson just one block south of Broadway on 5th Avenue. Enjoy concerts by the String Quartet and Brass Quintet and a four course meal in the garden courtyard, classic Cantina and historic home. Special guest Carlotta Flores, matriarch of the generations’ old El Charro, will give a presentation on family food traditions.


FAURÉ, BIZET & MOZART’S CONCERTANTE - MasterWorks

Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, November 5, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 6, 4pm

NEW St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Friday, November 4, 7:30pm

Keitaro Harada, conductor
Timothy Lees, violin
Catharine Carroll Lees, viola

Fauré: Masques et bergamasques, op. 112 TSO PREMIERE
Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante
Bizet: Selections from Carmen

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Timothy Lees is joined by his wife, violist Catharine Carroll Lees from the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante, featuring violin and viola intertwined in complementary voices. The program begins with Fauré’s divertissement about members of a commedia dell’arte troupe spying on the amorous encounters of aristocrats in its audience. Favorites from Carmen, Bizet’s opera about the infamous, gypsy seductress, bring this program to a rousing finish!

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


BRAHMS PIANO CONCERTO NO. 2 - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, November 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 13, 2pm

Andrew Grams, conductor
William Wolfram, piano

Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2
Lutoslawski: Concerto for Orchestra
Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2

Johannes Brahms’ majestic piano concerto performed by a pianist the critics call “dazzling” and “electrifying.” A Julliard graduate, William Wolfram was a medalist at the William Kapell, Naumburg and Tchaikovsky piano competitions, and a finalist at the Van Cliburn Competition. The orchestral version of Liszt’s invigorating Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 has become a favorite from its use in cartoons and circus acts. Lutoslawski’s use of Polish folk music has made this concerto his most popular work.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


HOME ALONE IN CONCERT - Holiday/SuperPops!/Family

Thanksgiving Weekend!

Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, November 26 4pm matinee
Sunday, November 27 2pm matinee

Vinay Parameswaran, conductor

A true holiday favorite, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’ charming and delightful score performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and a chorus live to the big screen. Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an 8-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves. Hilarious and heart- warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for the entire family. (Don’t forget to bring your kids!)

Home Alone in Concert tickets are available at a discount as part of the SuperPops!, Family, or Create-Your-Own subscription packages or as an add-on to any other series subscription.

ALL BEETHOVEN - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, December 2, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 4, 2pm

James Feddeck, conductor

Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3

What did Ludwig van Beethoven sound like as a thirty something? Listen as he moves from the shadow of Mozart and Haydn in his first symphony at 30 to becoming the master of the art form in his third symphony at age 34, leading the way for Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Berlioz, Liszt, Brahms and the symphonic outpouring of the rest of the 19th century. At 37, the Coriolan Overture is a prime example of his “heroic” middle period style.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


MESSIAH

Saturday, December 10 at 4pm (New Time!)
Sunday, December 11 at 2pm

Steven Fox, conductor
Lauren Snouffer, soprano
Abigail Nims, mezzo-soprano
Lawrence Wiliford, tenor
John Brancy, baritone
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus Bruce Chamberlain, director

Performed with glorious sound in the beautiful Catalina Foothills High School Music Hall The Christmas season begins with Handel’s pulse pounding, earth shaking Messiah! One of choral literature’s most important and popular works, you’ll hear it in all its glory with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. George Frideric Handel’s masterpiece is the perfect way to celebrate the spirit of Christmas, creating a glorious sound experience when performed in Arizona’s most outstanding acoustical venue.

Messiah tickets are available as an add-on to any TSO series subscription.


MAGIC OF CHRISTMAS - Holiday/SuperPops!/Family

Holiday Pops Concert!

Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, December 17, 4pm matinee
Sunday, December 18, 2pm matinee

Michael Hall, conductor
Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus Bruce Chamberlain, director
FEATURING UA DANCE

The Magic of Christmas will lift your spirits and put your holiday into festive first gear. You’ll hear all of your favorite Christmas holiday songs, see UA’s exceptional dancers perform excerpts from The Nutcracker and raise your voice for a sing-along of your very favorite carols. Plus the forecast calls for snow in the Music Hall and Santa is going to make a special visit no matter if you’ve been naughty or nice! The audiences cheered with excitement in 2015. Make sure you and yours are part of the magic in 2016.


BACH & HAYDN IN HARMONY - MasterWorks

Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, January 8, 2017 2pm

NEW St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Friday, January 6, 7:30pm

Daniel Hege, conductor
Alexander Lipay, flute

Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor TSO PREMIERE
Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony Op.110a TSO PREMIERE (Rudolph Barshai arrangement)
Haydn: Symphony No. 102

Alexander Lipay celebrates his 10th anniversary as TSO Principal Flute performing some of Bach’s most effervescent and memorable fugue offerings featuring melodies led by the flute. In 1960, a visit to Dresden to work on a film score inspired Shostakovich to compose this emotionally charged piece immortalizing the German city that had been destroyed in 1945. The concert finishes with Haydn’s exuberant melodies in the tenth of his twelve London symphonies composed during a joyous time in his life.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


JOHN PIZZARELLI AND COMBO PLAY WITH THE TSO - SuperPops!

Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, January 14, 2017, 7:30pm Sunday, January 15, 2017, 2pm

Andy Einhorn, conductor

World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” One of the Songbook’s prime contemporary interpreters, his repertoire includes the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

In partnership with the Tucson Jazz Festival


BRAHMS REQUIEM - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, January 20, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 2pm

Markus Huber, conductor
Heidi Stober, soprano
Andrew Craig Brown, baritone
TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director

Schoenberg: A Survivor from Warsaw TSO PREMIERE
Brahms: A German Requiem

A masterpiece for orchestra, chorus and soloists, A German Requiem is the largest piece of music Brahms ever wrote. Johannes Brahms called it a “human” requiem. His intent was to comfort the living with his music and the texts from Scripture he chose to accompany it and he succeeds joyously and brilliantly. Arnold Schoenberg’s work for men’s chorus and orchestra reaffirms the beauty of life as it depicts the story of a survivor from the Warsaw ghetto during World War II and his return to his homeland.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.

Tucson

In partnership with the Tucson Desert Song Festival


ALADDIN AND OTHER TALES - Family

TCC Leo Rich Theater
January 28, 2017 at 2pm and 3:30pm

Kelly Corcoran, conductor
FEATURING TUCSON REGIONAL BALLET

Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Charming, Aladdin’s magic carpet and Mother Goose are parts of the best and most memorable stories the world has known. Your children will have a magical day as they listen to these classic fairy tales told to the music of Prokofiev, Ravel, Humperdinck and Nielsen played by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Make it a three or four show series by adding Home Alone in Concert and/or Magic of Christmas at a discount too!


SCHUBERT, MOZART & STRAUSS: 3 MAJOR WORKS - MasterWorks

Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, February 4, 2017, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2pm

NEW St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Friday, February 3, 7:30pm

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Haydn: Overture in D major TSO PREMIERE
Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
Mozart: Symphony No. 33 TSO PREMIERE
R. Strauss: Metamorphosen TSO PREMIERE

Haydn’s overture opens a program of major works by Schubert, Mozart and Strauss. Schubert’s Eighth Symphony, the Unfinished, with its immediately recognizable opening, has long been a favorite of audiences for its expansive melodies and high drama. Though, with only two movements, it leaves music lovers wondering what could have been. Mozart’s Symphony No. 33 is another audience favorite. Strauss’ introspective, Metamorphosen, sums up the program: completed the day after the destruction of the Vienna Opera House, pain is intertwined with hope and optimism, the essence of human existence.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


COUNTRY LEGENDS - SuperPops!

Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, February 11, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 2pm

Jason Howland, conductor

Music by famed singers/songwriters like Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, and Faith Hill. Starring two recording artists from Nashville, this show will leave your heart pumping, and your country soul content. So get ready for Rodeo Week with the best of classic country: Crazy, Jolene, Ring of Fire, On The Road Again, Devil Went Down To Georgia and many more.


RHAPSODY IN BLUE AND BILLY THE KID - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, February 17, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2pm

James Judd, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

Kevin Puts: Two Mountain Scenes TSO PREMIERE
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin: “I Got Rhythm” variations
Roberto Sierra: Fandangos TSO PREMIERE
Copland: Billy the Kid Suite

Twenty-one year old Conrad Tao, one of the hottest young musicians in America, makes his TSO debut performing Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue. Dubbed a musician of “probing intellect and open-hearted vision” by The New York Times, Tao is a U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, a recipient of the Avery Fisher career grant award and the only classical artist named by Forbes magazine in 2011 as one of the “30 Under 30” in the music industry. Gershwin’s Variations on “I Got Rhythm” swings while Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos adds some Latin flavor to the mix. Then take a deep breath of fresh air as Kevin Puts’ Two Mountain Scenes before Copland favorite Billy the Kid makes a rousing appearance!

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


YOUTHFUL EXUBERANCE FROM MOZART & DVOŘÁK - MasterWorks

Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 2pm

NEW St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Friday, March 3, 7:30pm

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor

Villa-Lobos: Prelude from Bachianas Brasileiras No.4 TSO PREMIERE
Dvořák: Serenade for Strings
Gabriella Smith: TSO Commission WORLD PREMIERE
Mozart: Symphony No. 25

A buoyant finale to the MasterWorks season! Anyone who saw the hit film Amadeus will enjoy hearing the opening music from it – 17 year old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s brilliant Symphony No. 25. Antonín Dvorák was a newlywed when he wrote Serenade for Strings and it remains one of his most popular works to this day because of its beautiful, memorable melody. Villa Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 is one of his nine compositions written as suites fusing the Baroque style of writing with elements of Brazilian folk. Bravo!

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.

Commission made possible by the Arizona Commission on the Arts.


THE ROMERO GUITAR QUARTET - Special

Centennial Hall
Thursday, March 9, 2017 7:30pm

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Join the TSO as we welcome back “The Royal Family of the Guitar,” The Romero Guitar Quartet, for an evening of passionate classical Spanish guitar. For over 50 years, The Romero Family has played for presidents, princes and popes, not to mention repeated appearances with virtually every major symphony orchestra in the U.S. Now hear Celin, Pepe, Celino and Lito Romero with the full Tucson Symphony Orchestra for the first time since 2009. Composer Juaquin Rodrigo called them “the grand masters of the guitar,” explaining, “The Romeros have developed the technique of the guitar by making what is difficult...to be, easy!" Now on their third generation of accomplished musicians, The Romero Guitar Quartet continues to charm audiences worldwide.


CIRQUE MUSICA – CRESCENDO - SuperPops!

Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, March 11, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 12, 2017, 2pm

Stuart Chafetz, conductor

This full sensory experience will have you on the edge of your seat and in complete awe. Cirque Musica combines the spell-binding grace and dare-devil athleticism of today’s greatest circus performers with the sensory majesty of some of the greatest popular and classical music of all time played by the full Tucson Symphony Orchestra. This is not a concert...it’s an event!


PROKOFIEV AND “PATHÉTIQUE” - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, March 17, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2pm

David Lockington, conductor
Angelo Xiang Yu, violin

Borodin: Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor
Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 1 TSO PREMIERE
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, “Pathétique”

Hailed as a virtuoso for the 21st century, award-winning violinist Angelo Xiang Yu makes his TSO debut performing Prokofiev’s lyrical and Romantic Violin Concerto No. 1. Borodin’s enchanting tunes popularized in the musical Kismet and Tchaikovsky’s soulful, final symphony evoking the emotional peaks and valleys of his own life make this a program of classical favorites.


AN ALPINE SYMPHONY - Classic

Tucson Music Hall
Friday, April 7, 2017, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 2pm

José Luis Gomez, conductor

R. Strauss: Alpine Symphony TSO PREMIERE
Additional works to be announced

Celebrate spring by climbing an Alpine mountain! It takes over 100 musicians to perform Richard Strauss’ massive, theatrical Alpine Symphony, a gorgeously colored, consistently engaging musical travelogue of a dawn-to-dusk journey up a mountain. A lifelong avid outdoorsman, the work was inspired by the composer’s own experience as a youngster climbing mountains in the Alps. The program’s opening work will be announced later.

Complimentary “Concert Comments” with the conductor and guest artist take place one hour before the performance and give you insight into what you’re about to hear.


MOVEABLE MUSICAL FEAST AT TUBAC GOLF RESORT AND SPA - Special

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.


DUSTY LOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS - Family

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.

Make it a three or four show series by adding Home Alone in Concert and/or Magic of Christmas at a discount too!