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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MARIACHI LOS CAMPEROS - Special

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

Friday, November 3, 7:30pm
Tucson Music Hall

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Famed mariachi ensemble Mariachi Los Camperos will raise the dead and celebrate life in this very special concert to launch Tucson’s All Souls Procession Weekend. Their sound of impressive vocals, violins and guitars steeped in rich cultural tradition will add spice to your life. Founded in 1960 by mariachi “giant” Natividad “Nati” Cano, Mariachi Los Camperos features musicians from both Mexico and the U.S. They collaborated on Linda Ronstadt’s album, Canciones de Mi Padre (Songs of my Father) making national television appearances on programs such as The Tonight Show and the Grammy Awards Show. The band also appeared on Linda Ronstadt’s Mas Canciones (More Songs). The Grammy-nominated ensemble has recorded nine albums including four CDs with Smithsonian Folkways.

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ARTURO SANDOVAL, TRUMPET - SuperPops!

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 14, 2018. 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Virtuoso technical ability, a vivacious live performer, and one of the most brilliant, multifaceted and renowned musicians of our time seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards.

  • 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient
  • 10 Time Grammy Award Winner
  • Emmy Award Recipient
  • 6 Time Billboard Award Winner
  • 2016 Honorary Doctorate recipient in Fine Arts from The University of Notre Dame
  • 2015 Hispanic Heritage Award Recipient

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In partnership with HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival


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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BERNSTEIN: KADDISH - Classic

Friday, January 19, 2018, 7:30pm
Sunday, January 21, 2018, 2pm
Tucson Music Hall

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Kelley Nassief, soprano
Jamie Bernstein, narrator
Tucson Symphony Chorus - Bruce Chamberlain, director
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus - Julian Ackerley, director

Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio
Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10
Bernstein: Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish” TSO PREMIERE

The Tucson Symphony and Tucson Desert Song Festival will observe the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in 2018 with the TSO Premiere of his Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish.” This dramatic work based on the Jewish prayer is dedicated to the memory of John F. Kennedy who was assassinated just weeks before the first performance in 1963. The Adagio from Mahler’s unfinished final symphony and the Overture to Beethoven’s only opera make this a highly emotional program. Narrated by Leonard Bernstein’s daughter, Jamie Bernstein, author and broadcaster.

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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In partnership with Tucson Desert Song Festival


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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