Our First CD Is Available Now!
Celebration! is SASO’s new CD, presenting attractive music by Tucson composers Pete Fine, Bruce Stoller, Jay Vosk, Richard White, Brian Goodall and A.F. Schultz. Linus Lerner conducts the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in pieces that are alternately exciting, soothing, engaging and moving.
This is the only disc where you’ll find such intriguing music as Bruce Stoller’s Open Spaces for yucca shakuhachi flute (played by the composer) and orchestra, and Richard White’s tender For Patte—A Simple Song, written in memory of a beloved longtime SASO musician.
Online, each disc costs $18.50, including shipping and handling. Support SASO and encounter captivating new music by our own composers!
Welcome to SASO!
Founded in 1979, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra is a vital community resource that unites performers and audiences through a passion for music. The orchestra presents world premieres, seldom-performed treasures and classical gems. Our 2014–15 season will open in October with the bluster and mystery of Holst’s The Planets, and the elegance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 featuring …
Gabriele Pezone studied piano under the guidance of Antonio Luciani, graduating from the Latina “Ottorino Respighi” Conservatory having also studied choral music and choir conducting, organ and composition. He also attended courses in liturgical ministries of the Diocese of Rome.
He has conducted the Corelli Chamber Orchestra (Italy), Vidin State Philharmonic Orchestra (Bulgaria), Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico (Mexico), Fedele Fenaroli International Youth Orchestra in Lanciano (Italy), Lomza Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra (Poland), Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo León (Mexico), Kalisz Philharmonc Orchestra (Poland), Orkestra Akademik Baskent in Ankara (Turkey), Orquesta Sinfónica de Yucatan (Mexico), Camerata de Coahuila (Mexico), the San Severo Theater Orchestra and Giovane Orchestra d’Abruzzo (Italy).
He also directed Verdi’s La Traviata at the Manzoni Theater in Cassino and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the D’Annunzio Theater of Latina.
Pezone founded the Fondi Chamber Orchestra (with which he has recorded for Vatican Radio with the Italian-American pianist Natalie Gabrielli), and established the SoundTrack Ensemble, an instrumental group made up of young musicians, springing from a project by the Giuseppe de Santis movie association. He is a member of the Commission for Sacred Music and Liturgical Chant of the Archdiocese of Gaeta. He is the president of the Ferruccio Busoni and Sergei Rachmaninoff music associations, which have organized dozens of cultural events.
He is the artistic director of the Fondi Music Festival and a member of the International Campus of Music in Latina. Pezone was the artistic director of Fondi’s Cultural Week and musical director of a “love rock musical” opera presented in Poland in 2009.
Pezone’s interest in global sounds led him to become be the accordionist of the folk group Città di Fondi, which, in 2011, won the Best Music Award at the International Nicosia Folk Dance Festival in Cyprus.
Marta Magdalena Lelek
Marta Magdalena Lelek is recognized as one of today’s best Polish concert violinists, described by reviewers as “stunning listeners with breathtaking technique,” “intense,” and “thrilling the audience with the most beautiful sound.” Her performances often introduce interesting, rarely performed, often contemporary compositions. Her repertoire includes violin concertos by Benjamin Britten, William Walton, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alban Berg, Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Ferrucio Busoni, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Carl Nielsen, Yevgen Stankovych, Andrzej Panufnik and David Tukici. Karl Fiorini wrote for and dedicated to her his Violin Concerto No. 2, the world premiere of which took place in May 2012 in Bangkok with the National Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra; she recorded it in 2012 for Naxos.
At the age of nine she began her music education under the head of the string department at the Academy of Music in Katowice. In 1999 she was invited to begin her higher education at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. In 2003 she was awarded her bachelor’s degree (with honors), and two years later a master’s degree with distinction in performance. As a student, she perfected her skills under Sir Colin Davis, Jordi Savall, the Takács Quartet, Wanda Wiłkomirska, Jose Luis Garcia Asencio, and many more.
Marta Magdalena Lelek performs extensively as a soloist with symphony and chamber orchestras in Europe (Poland, Italy, Albania, France, Ukraine, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Czech Republic), Asia, North and South America and Australia. She has performed with, among others, the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de Mexico, Thailand National Philharmonic Orchestra in Bangkok, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, Albanian National Radio and TV Symphony Orchestra, and Cracow Philharmonic Orchestra.
Linus Lerner, DMA
Praised for bringing charismatic and passionate energies to music performances, Linus Lerner has conducted orchestras, operas, choruses and instrumental groups around the world. He’s conducted in Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, the Czech Republic, Mexico, Spain and the United States.
Lerner is music director of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil. He also serves as clinician and vocal coach here and abroad.
He’s led SASO on two tours of China. He’s also guest conducted the Hunan Symphony Orchestra, Fuzhou Symphony Orchestra, National Film and Radio Orchestra and Qingdao Symphony Orchestra, all in China.
Other engagements include the Orchestra Nacional de Valles in Spain, the Symphony and Chamber Orchestras of Porto Alegre and the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte in Brazil, the International Opera Workshop in Bulgaria and Czech Republic, the Solistas Ensamble del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes and the Primavera Symphony in Mexico.
Previously Lerner served as artistic director of Bayou City Performing Arts in Houston, and associate conductor for Opera in the Ozarks, Tallahassee Youth Symphony Orchestra and the University of Arizona Philharmonic. Lerner’s passion for music transcends cultural boundaries. Throughout his travels, he finds that music truly is the international language.
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