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  • TSO to perform Mozart's "Haffner" Symphony and Mahler's Das Lied Von Der Erde

    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.

  • Grammy winning bluegrass duo hits Rialto

    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

  • Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on Tour

    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.

  • Tucson Jazz Festival

    January in Tucson will be defined by America's indigenous art form: Jazz. Make history and jam out during the 13-days of jazz music, food, and festival fun at the inaugural HSL Properties Tucson Jazz Festival Friday, Jan. 16 through Wednesday, Jan. 28.Click here to buy your tickets!The Tucson Jazz Festival has an internationally diverse offering.  The world-class event kick-offs with JOEY DeFRANCESCO QUARTET, the award-winning TUCSON JAZZ INSTITUTE ELLINGTON BAND and guest of honor JIMMY COBB. The festival continues with performances by ROBERT GLASPER EXPERIMENT, DIANNE REEVES, DAVE BENNETT and JD SOUTHER with special guest BILLY CHILDS.  Stellar players like TONY MALABY  and RACHEL ECKROTH return home. ALLAN HARRIS and TUCSON HARD BOP QUINTET with guest guitarist DAVE STRYKER pays tribute to Nat “King” Cole and GABRIEL ESPINOSA & HENDRIK MEURKENS will have you dancing all night long. BURT BACHARACH will conclude the festival at the Fox Tucson theatre.Artists performances include musical showcases in downtown Tucson hotspots including the historic venues Club Congress, the Rialto and The Fox Tucson theatres with live music throughout the city every day of the week.

  • Pima College Music Presents two shows

    what: PCC Music presents Dr. Jonathan Ng Tenorwhere: PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.when: Sunday, February 8 at 3 p.m.tickets: $8 with discounts available

  • February Bluegrass Jam schedule

    Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for February 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams.Event: Bluegrass Music Jam Session. Date:  Sunday February 1  (First Sunday of the Month)Time:  3:00 - 5:00 pmPlace:  Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde RoadSponsored by: Desert Bluegrass Association

  • TSO to perform Mozart and Brahms

    The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and guest conductor Keitaro Harada will perform a Mozart overture, a gypsy balletand a romantic Brahms serenade on Friday, January 9 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in Tucson. The program will open with Mozart's Symphony No. 32, "Overture" and feature Manuel de Falla's El amor brujo Ballet Suite and Brahms' Serenade No. 1. Concert Comments, one hour prior to performances, are complimentary with tickets.          Keitaro Harada, guest conductor, is increasingly recognized at the highest levels for his artistic abilities. In 2013, Harada was selected by the League of American Orchestras as one of only six conductors for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, a prestigious showcase that occurs biennially in an effort to promote gifted, emerging conductors to orchestra industry leaders. He was a student of Lorin Maazel at the Castleton Festival and Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival, recipient of the Seiji Ozawa Conducting Fellowship at Tanglewood Music Festival, Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview, and The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Assistance Award. He began his appointment as Associate Conductor of the Richmond Symphony in Fall 2014. In his continuing position of Associate Conductor for Arizona Opera, he leads their production of La Fille du Regiment in Spring 2015. He made his Japanese debut in December with the New Japan Philharmonic.           "Mozart's Symphony No. 32 is probably one of the shortest symphonies he wrote," says Harada. "The first few seconds of the famous Symphony No. 41, 'Jupiter,' are quite similar. I feel that Mozart had this wonderful opening theme and did a test drive on Symphony 32." Harada describes  the El amor brujo Ballet Suite as "sexy Spanish music filled with tons of great melodies," and calls Brahms' Serenade No. 1 "a hidden gem." "You can really hear that this young twenty-four-year-old composer had something special," Harada explains. "There are many examples of signature Brahms compositional-language in this Serenade. They foreshadow his future symphonies."   MasterWorks Concert SeriesWhen: Friday, Jan. 9 - 7:30 p.m. concert, 6:30 p.m. pre-concert chatWhere: St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte

  • Orchestra to feature teenage string trio in fund-raising concert

    The Civic Orchestra of Tucson will perform a concert of light classics and will feature the talented teenage Powe String Trio on Tuesday, January 27, at The Highlands at Dove Mountain Clubhouse. The concert will be proceeded by a silent auction at 6:30 p.m. followed by music at 7:00 p.m.All proceeds from the concert will be dedicated to the orchestra’s Young Artists’ Competition, an annual event that has attracted over 500 entrants since its inception in 1984. All three members of the Powe String Trio have been award winners in past competitions.The COT Young Artists’ Competition allows music students from ages 6-18 to perform in front of professional judges and musicians. Winners in various age and instrument categories receive modest cash awards and the future opportunity to solo with the orchestra.The Powe String Trio is composed of Carissa Powe, age 15; Levi Powe, age 14; and Aliyah Powe, age 13.Tickets to the concert are $20 per person and are available via the orchestra’s website: www.cotmusic.org or by calling (520) 730-3371. The Highlands at Dove Mountain Clubhouse is located at 4949 W. Heritage Blvd. in Marana. Seating is limited.The COT is Tucson’s oldest community orchestra and will soon be entering its 40th year of providing free concerts throughout the greater Tucson area. In addition to its annual Young Artists’ Competition, the orchestra also presents Instrument “Petting Zoos” to allow youngsters to try their hands at a variety of symphonic instruments.

  • Bluegrass Jam Schedule for Jan 15

    Below is the Bluegrass Jam schedule for January 2015. The Desert Bluegrass Association – an all-volunteer, non-profit organization – sponsors these jams. Event: Bluegrass Music Jam Session. Date:  Sunday January 4  (First Sunday of the Month)Time:  3:00 - 5:00 pmPlace:  Udall Recreation Center, 7200 E. Tanque Verde RoadSponsored by: Desert Bluegrass Association

  • Arizona Repertory Singers to perform on Dec. 7

    Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS), Tucson’s premier vocal choral group, celebrates 25 years under the leadership of Music Director Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn with a concert season featuring his favorite songs. ARS’ highly-anticipated annual winter concerts will be Dec. 7, 14 and 19 and are expected to sell out. Advanced tickets will be available at www.arsingers.org beginning Oct.1.“This winter, we’re performing my favorite pieces to do during the holiday season,” Jahn said. “We’re including pieces from my first year, pieces that made us grow as a musical ensemble and pieces from my favorites list as well as some perennial audience favorites. It will be an indulgence for me and ear candy for the audience.”ARS will honor Jahn’s silver anniversary season with four performances of Heavenly Light featuring new arrangements of well-known Christmas carols as well as classical choral music. The program includes holiday pieces by Johannes Brahms, 20th century composers Francis Poulenc and Gustav Holst andcontemporary composers John Rutter and Morten Lauridsen.The first performance is Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 5150 N. Valley View Road. Concertgoers at the subsequent performances enjoy the music from inside the lovely Benedictine Monastery, usually closed to the public. Concerts at the Benedictine Monastery, 800 N. Country Club Road, typically sell out and ARS expects the same from year’s performances Sunday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. Visit www.arsingers.org for more information.In keeping with the group’s ongoing mission to support music education, ARS will offer an additional winter concert especially for local K-12 school children in partnership with Act One, a nonprofit that engages students from underserved schools in educational arts field trips.

  • Tucson Symphony Orchestra to perform Disney classic

    Ask any music connoisseur and they will tell you, compositions are meant to be experienced in the flesh. The modern advancements of iPods, try as they might, simply cannot do justice to the enchantment of a live performance – the way a photograph is not telling of the expansive beauty within a Tucson sunset. This is even more true with the orchestra. There is a carnal syncopation with the soul as wood and brass fuse together to create a symphonic wall of sound. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is well aware of the magic within a live spectacle, which is why they have decided to take one of cinema’s greatest musical accomplishments and perform it live at the Tucson Music Hall. As part of its “Superpops!” series, the orchestra will be performing Disney’s iconic “Fantasia” live in concert over the holiday weekend.Guest conductor Kietaro Harada will be taking the helm for two performances. Behind the players, an enormous high definition screen will display fan favorites such as “Nutcracker Suite” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” from the original 1940 Disney milestone. But the night does not end there. After the orchestra finishes with the eight original shorts from “Fantasia”, they will also perform the entire sequel, “Fantasia 2000.”  The “Superpops!” series is part of a broader vision that blends popular and diverse music entertainers with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. After the orchestra performs the cinematic staple that is “Fantasia”, they will move on to other avenues of music. On Feb. 7 and Feb. 8 the orchestra will hold the “Ultimate Symphonic Rock Show”, which will include music from The Moody Blues, Peter Gabriel, Jethro Tull, Electric Light Orchestra, and David Bowie. On Feb. 28 and March 1 the Orchestra will perform with The Texas Tenors, a vocal group that gained notoriety after appearing on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. The group blends country, gospel, classical, and Broadway styles of music. Their debut album, “Country Roots-Classical Sound” was the first album to be number one on both the country and classical music charts. The final leg of the four-part “Superpops!” series will feature child phenom Ethan Bortnick on March 28 and March 29. The 12 year old is the youngest performer to headline his own international tour with over 200 concerts. Bortnick is a composer, pianist, and entertainer, playing some familiar melodies such as “Rock Around the Clock”, “Lean On Me”, and “Crocodile Rock”. Bortnick’s performances have raised over $30 million for children’s charities. 

  • Book a room, see a show

    Book a room at a participating Tucson hotel for the 12th, 13th or 14th of December, 2014 and receive 2 complimentary ticket vouchers for an exclusive, live performance by country star Randy Houser on Sunday, December 14th - use visitTucson.org's online reservation system below!In celebration of Tucson’s starring role in Randy Houser’s music video, “Like a Cowboy,” Visit Tucson is bringing the critically-acclaimed singer and songwriter back to Tucson for an exclusive, live concert on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Book now and receive 2 complimentary tickets to see this once-in-a-lifetime performance.http://travel.visittucson.org/5399_package-info_p6829.html/?utm_campaign=vc-social&utm_source=vc-fb&utm_content=promopost110314-rh-concert

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