INAUGURAL SEASON OPENING: TITAN - Classic

Friday, September 22, 7:30pm
Sunday, September 24, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Zhang Zuo, piano

Carreño: Margariteña TSO PREMIERE
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 2
Mahler: Symphony No. 1, “Titan”

Zhang Zuo, the award-winning young artist the Los Angeles Times says performs with “a powerful, passionate, and compelling representation of pure artistry” is the perfect soloist to illuminate the diverse movements and charm of Beethoven’s delightful Piano Concerto No. 2, composed when he too was in his 20s. A rhapsody of famous popular tunes and spirited Venezuelan rhythms sets the tone for this program which concludes with Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 and its sometimes startling blend of music from his own Songs of a Wayfarer to “Frère Jacques.”

I played Margariteña with the Youth Orchestra at least 100 times, including once in Panama when we performed it with Mahler’s first symphony. This performance of Margariteña will celebrate the life and work of Inocente Carreño, who died in May 2016.- José Luis Gomez

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.

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FIREBIRD - Classic

Friday, October 20, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 22, 2pm

Tucson Music Hall

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun TSO PREMIERE
Stravinsky: Suite from Firebird
Glazunov: Symphony No. 4 TSO PREMIERE

Principal flute Alexander Lipay performs one of the most famous flute solos in music in Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun. Stravinsky’s Firebird has been described as the beginning ofmodern music and Glazunov’s Symphony No. 4, one of his best works, has remained an audience favorite for more than a century with its beauty, lyricism, virtuosity, and romantic appeal.

My father, principal flute with the Maracaibo Symphony, was very proud of his playing of Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun. He had a facsimile of the manuscript and I remember looking at it with him. Flute playing was also how my mother met my father; she went to concerts when she was very young and then she attended the conservatory later on and was taught by my father!

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.

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A NEW WORLD IN PICTURES - Classic

Friday, December 1, 7:30pm
Sunday, December 3, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

Mei-Ann Chen, conductor

Dvořák: Carnival Overture
Chadwick: Noël TSO PREMIERE
Poulenc: Les biches (The Does) Suite TSO PREMIERE
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, “From the New World”

The winning team behind The Planets on the Big Screen returns with a world premiere multi-media presentation of Dvořák’s most popular symphony, “From the New World.” The wide open spaces and music that influenced him come alive using the latest technology. Dvořák’s Carnival Overture from his “Nature, Life and Love Trilogy,” the serenity of “Noël” inspired by the composer’s son and the ballet suite Les Biches (The Does) makes this a celebration of nature, life and love.

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.

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GIL SHAHAM: TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO - Special

ONE NIGHT ONLY SPECIAL!

Friday, January 12, 2018
Tucson Music Hall

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Glazunov: Overture Solennelle
Rachmaninoff: Vocalise for Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

Hailed by The New York Times as “One of today’s preeminent violinists,” world renowned Grammy® Award winning virtuoso Gil Shaham makes his Tucson Symphony Orchestra debut performing Tchaikovsky’s breathtakingly beautiful Violin Concerto concluding a program featuring Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff favorites.

We were lucky: Gil Shaham was the soloist in Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. His was old-school, big-personality, enormously engaging Tchaikovsky playing. Shaham’s oneness with the music won us all over, and after the big first movement cadenza, the audience burst into applause. I’ve never heard that happen before, and I wonder whether Shaham had either.
– Los Angeles Times

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PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION - Classic

Friday, March 16, 2018, 7:30pm
Sunday, March 18, 2018, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture
Khachaturian: Violin Concerto
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

J.S. Bach International Violin Competition Gold Medalist Rachel Barton Pine returns to the Tucson Symphony for the first time since 2004 to perform Khachaturian’s crowd-pleasing concerto inspired by Armenian folk themes. Ravel’s orchestration of Pictures at an Exhibition is a symphonic “top 10,” while the overture to Kabalevsky’s comic opera, Colas Breugnon, gets things off to a rousing start with its rhythmic drive. Young Brazilian conductor Marcelo Lehninger, winner of the League of American Orchestras’ Helen H. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Conductors, makes his TSO debut. He was recently appointed Music Director of the Grand Rapids Symphony after posts with the Boston and New West Symphonies.

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.

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SEASON FINALE: BEETHOVEN’S NINTH - Classic

Friday, April 6, 2018, 7:30pm
Sunday, April 8, 2018, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano
Sara Couden, contralto
Dmitri Pittas, tenor
Davóne Tines, bass-baritone
Tucson Symphony Chorus
  Bruce Chamberlain, director
and Children’s Chorus

Adams: On the Transmigration of Souls TSO PREMIERE
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, one of the greatest compositions in western music, provides a triumphant finale to the season with the famous “Ode to Joy” performed by top soloists, the TSO Chorus and a children’s chorus. One of the most popular symphonies ever, it follows what John Adams called a ”memory space” for 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series it won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 2003 and three Grammy® Awards in 2005.

José Luis Gomez likes what Richard Wagner had to say about Beethoven’s Ninth: Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony became the mystical goal of all my strange thoughts and desires about music.

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.

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