Mozart and Mahler at the height of their powers: Music Director and Conductor George Hanson will lead the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and two stars from the Metropolitan Opera in the MasterWorks Series program, Mozart and Mahler Celebrate Family and Earth. Performance is Friday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. The first half of the program will feature Mozart's SymphonyNo. 35, "Haffner;" Mezzo-soprano Tamara Mumford from the Metropolitan Opera and four time Grammy Award winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will join the TSO for the second half, GustavMahler's Das Lied von der Erde. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets. A graduate of the Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, Tamara Mumford made her debut there as Laura in Luisa Miller, and has since appeared in more than 140 performances with the company. She has appeared in the Met: Live in HD series broadcasts of Anna Bolena, Das Rheingold, Gotterdämmerung, The Magic Flute, Nixon in China, Manon Lescaut, and Il Trittico. Anthony Dean Griffey is particularly noted for his portrayal of the title role in Peter Grimes which has won him international acclaim. He debuted the role at the Tanglewood Festival under the baton of Seiji Ozawa, and has since performed it all over the world, most recently in a new production at the Metropolitan Opera that was broadcast live in the company's Met: Live in HD series and subsequently released on DVD. A celebrated concert performer, Griffey appears regularly with many distinguished international orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, Montreal, Toronto and London Symphony Orchestras, the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles and Berlin Philharmonics and the Minnesota Orchestra. Leonard Bernstein called Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), "Mahler's greatest symphony." Mahler was very moved by the transcendent beauty of a collection of ancient Chinese poetry. He chose some of these verses to inspire his "Song of the Earth," Das Lied von der Erde. The six songs in Das Lied von der Erde are organized into four parts similar to symphonic movements. The songs address themes such as living, parting and salvation. The work evolved to present two singers, a tenor and an alto, who take turns singing the songs.Arnold Schoenberg began to arrange Das Lied von der Erde for chamber orchestra, reducing the orchestral forces to string and wind quintets, and calling for piano, celesta and harmonium to supplement the harmonic texture. Schoenberg never finished this project, and the arrangement was completed by Rainer Riehn in 1980. This will be the TSO premiere of Das Lied von der Erde.Mozart's Symphony No. 35 is a brief work of fiery intensity. Loved from its debut performance, it celebrates a prominent Salzburg family, the Haffners.
Heading full speed into a New Year of highly-anticipated performances, the “Rockstars of Bluegrass” Dailey & Vincent bring their critically acclaimed signature sound to the Rialto Theater in Tucson, Ariz. on Thursday, January 29. The award-winning duo is set to take the stage at 8 p.m..In 2014, the duo won their 4th Dove Award for "Bluegrass Song of the Year" and 14th consecutive IBMA Award for "Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” with their song "Won't It Be Wonderful There” as well as performing at iconic musical landmarks across the nation this past year such as The Library of Congress (May 30), the legendary Carnegie Hall (June 8) and Nashville’s historical Ryman Auditorium (July 17).In addition to growing their award collection and gracing stages nationwide with their unique Bluegrass sound, the duo also taped their first ever LIVE CD/DVD and Public Television concert special at The Hylton Performing Arts Center on the Prince William Campus of George Mason University in Manassas, Virginia. The New Year is sure to bring fans new experiences, including the release to CD, DVD and public television of the Hylton performance which will air nationwide March 2015, as well as the debut of the Dailey & Vincent Water Fest cruise, which will set sail February of 2015.Who: Dailey & VincentWhat: An Evening with Dailey & VincentWhen: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 8pm
Celebrate the new year with Tucson Desert Song Festival soloists!Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on TourSunday, January 18, 2015, at 3:00 pm,Leo Rich Theater at the Tucson Convention CenterArizona Friends of Chamber Music is a proud participant in this year’s Tucson Desert Song Festival, presenting Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute vocalists, tenor Michael Brandenburg, mezzo-soprano Catherine Martin, and soprano Simone Osborne, with pianist and program director Kevin Murphy in our season’s second Piano & Friends concert.
General admission is $30, student tickets are $10. The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music can be contacted at (520) 577-3769, or explore our website to purchase tickets and learn more about commissioning, underwriting, and other excitingAFCM programs.