MENDELSSOHN SYMPHONY NO. 3, “SCOTTISH” - MasterWorks

Friday, October 6, 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Saturday, October 7, 7:30pm
Sunday, October 8, 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Lauren Roth, violin

Arriaga: Overture Pastourelle (1824) TSO PREMIERE
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 4
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, “Scottish”

Visits to Spain, Salzburg and Scotland open the Masterworks Series. Concertmaster Lauren Roth’s talents will be on display as she performs an early concerto intended as a showcase for the virtuoso himself, Mozart. Mendelssohn’s symphony will highlight the technical aspects of the orchestra. Opening the program is an overture by a composer nicknamed the “Spanish Mozart.” Arriaga was born on the same day as Mozart 50 years later; they were both child prodigies and accomplished composers who died young.

I performed the Mozart concerto when I was already Concertmaster. I was performing as a soloist with the Youth Orchestra and with the professional orchestra, the Maracaibo Symphony. Now I am looking forward to having our Concertmaster perform it with me. - 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.


BIZET SYMPHONY IN C - MasterWorks

Friday, November 10, 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Saturday, November 11, 7:30pm
Sunday, November 12, 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

Chabrier: l’Étoile Overture
Ravel: Mother Goose
Bizet: Symphony in C TSO PREMIERE

An all-French program mixing opera, ballet and orchestral music: the Overture to l’Étoile, Chabrier’s opéra bouffe has been enjoying a resurgence in popularity since it was performed at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2001. Ravel’s enchanting musical fairy tale ballet is always an audience favorite, and Bizet’s youthful masterpiece, composed when he was just 17 years old, provides a stunning preview of the Carmen composer’s musical brilliance.

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.


MOZART SYMPHONY NO. 29 - MasterWorks

Friday, January 5, 2018 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Saturday, January 6, 2018 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, January 7, 2018 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

Jessica Cottis, conductor
Julian Schwarz, cello

Adès: Three Studies from Couperin
Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1
Mozart: Symphony No. 29

Julian Schwarz makes his Tucson Symphony debut performing a concerto composed for one of the greatest cellists of the 20th century, Mstislav Rostropovich. One of Mozart’s finest early symphonies, composed when he was 17, shows a mature composer in command of his craft as he balances lyrical grace with vigorous energy. Adès’ 2006 piece, Three Studies from Couperin, features melodic material from a popular harpsichord piece by the French Baroque composer, organist and harpsichordist.

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.


TAHITI FOR TWO - MasterWorks

Friday, February 2, 2018 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Saturday, February 3, 2018 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, February 4, 2018 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

José Luis Gomez, conductor
Sasha Cooke, mezzo soprano
Kelly Markgraf, bass baritone
University of Arizona Jazz Trio

Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot TSO PREMIERE
Bernstein: Three Episodes from On the Town
Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti TSO PREMIERE

A program of musical theater opens with Shostakovich’s orchestration of a song from a Russian musical based on the tune, “Tea for Two” and continues with Bernstein dances from On the Town and finally the concert version of Trouble in Tahiti, his one-act opera from the early ‘50s about life in suburban America.

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.

In partnership with Tucson Desert Song Festival


SCHUBERT & BRAHMS: SECOND SYMPHONIES - MasterWorks

Friday, March 2, 2018 7:30pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Saturday, March 3, 2018 2pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, March 4, 2018 2pm
Catalina Foothills High School

José Luis Gomez, conductor

Schubert: Symphony No. 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 2

The perfect soundtrack to welcome spring! The teenaged Schubert mixes his melodic freshness and lyricism with the rhythmic energy of Beethoven and the classical elegance of Mozart to come up with a perfectly enjoyable symphony, while Brahms soaks up the atmosphere of the picturesque village where he was vacationing in the summer of 1877.

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.