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.
Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition!
First Prize: Claire Thai, harp
Second Prize: Jacqueline Rodenbeck, violin
Third Prize: Jessica Zhang, piano
Many thanks to all the participants for their hard work and outstanding performances in the competition.
Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:30pm
SaddleBrooke DesertView Performing Arts Center
Sponsored by Corbett and Pat Alley
Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
Sponsored by Technicians for Sustainability
- Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Christi Amonson, soprano)
- Fine: Electric Guitar Concerto No. 2 (Pete Fine, guitar)
- Poulenc: Gloria (SASO chorus; Christi Amonson, soprano)
- Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole, Op 21 – Allegro non troppo (Jacqueline Rodenbeck, violin)
AZ Gives Day is April 3rd!
Though Arizona Gives Day only happens once a year, Arizona Gives (AZGives.org) is available for year-round giving. Donors can create an account to pre-schedule donations, set-up recurring donations and make changes to their giving throughout the year or they can checkout as a guest and give immediately.
Click HERE to support SASO today!
Earn SASO Donations While You Shop
When you shop through Amazon.com’s Smile portal or buy groceries and other goods with your Fry’s V.I.P. card, those companies will donate a small percentage of your purchase prices to the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra—at no extra cost to you! Learn how.
Linus Lerner, Music Director
Linus Lerner shares his trademark energy, charisma and passion for music with the world. He’s charmed artists and audiences alike throughout Mexico, Brazil, Europe, Eastern Europe, Israel, Australia, China and the United States. This native of Brazil gets around. Along the way he inspires performers to their personal best and thrills audiences with little-known gems of music as well as popular classics. He is fluent in the universal language of music. SASO audiences welcomed him as music director in 2008. Since then he’s taken orchestra musicians along for the international ride with two tours of China and three trips to rehearse and perform in the Oaxaca Opera Festival, which he co-founded with Maribel Sanchez. Lerner is equally comfortable conducting musicians and coaching singers. He began his career is an award-winning opera singer. Today he conducts instrumental groups and orchestras, operas and choirs. He also champions new music by contemporary composers, and SASO has performed many premieres. In 2013, the orchestra SASO released its first professional recording—Celebration!—showcasing the diverse musical range of six Tucson composers. In 2016 he hopes to take SASO musicians to perform in Natal, Brazil, where he is artistic director of the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte. He’s also artistic director of the Gramado In Concert International Music Festival in Gramado, Brazil. Through his travels he meets talented artists from many countries and introduces them to SASO audiences. This well-traveled artist is seemingly tireless and packs light—except for the tuxedo. His motto could well be “Have baton, will travel.”
Your support helps SASO continue to explore the world of music with our audiences.