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 final concerts of the season present what many consider to be the world’s greatest symphony (Beethoven’s Ninth), the world’s noisiest overture (Shostakovich’s Festive Overture), and the world’s most beautiful guitar concerto (Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez), the latter featuring …
Roberto Capocchi has played to critical acclaim throughout his native Brazil, the United States, and Mexico, as well as Canada and Belgium. He often plays and offers workshops at festivals in North and South America. Recent highlights include a tour with flutist Carol Redman; concerts and master classes for the Portland Classical Guitar Series, New Mexico Guitar Festival, and Springfield Guitar Society; and adjudicating for the Guitar Foundation of America New Mexico Symposium and for the New Mexico All-State Festival. Roberto Capocchi Plays Spanish Guitar Music is a solo 2010 CD with music by Isaac Albéniz, Regino Sainz de la Maza, Joaquín Turina and Francisco Tárrega. Tangos de Santa Fe: Matapolvos is a 2009 release of the music of Ron Strauss, where he plays the suite Tangos de Santa Fe with Carol Redman on flute and Pamela Epple on English horn. With violinist Ellen Chávez de Leitner, he released Duo Guadalupe: Music for Violin and Guitar in 2003.
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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