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. The season finale features Linus Lerner conducting the orchestra May 9–10 in Mussorgsky’s fearsome Night on Bald Mountain, Elgar’s vivid Enigma Variations, and one of the most romantic of all violin concertos, Max Bruch’s First, featuring …
Silver medalist of the 2008 Ima Hogg Competition, Chloé Trevor is one of the rising stars on today’s international violin scene. Critics have acclaimed Chloé for her “dazzling technique,” “excellent musicianship,” “huge tone,” “poise and professional grace” and “a bold personality unafraid to exult in music and ability.” She has appeared as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Knoxville Symphony, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Latvian Chamber Orchestra, Houston Symphony and the Slovak State Philharmonic. Further performances include solo appearances in New York at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center, a tour with the Latvian Chamber Orchestra in Riga, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with the Dallas Symphony, and Prokofiev’s Second Violin Concerto at Sala São Paulo in Brazil and with the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra as a result of winning the Cleveland Institute of Music’s 2007 Concerto Competition.
Chloé was the grand prize winner at the 2006 Lynn Harrell Competition, the 2005 Lennox Competition, the 2003 Dallas Symphonic Festival Competition and the 2000 Collin County Young Artists Competition. She has been a featured violinist in the Music in the Mountains Festival in Colorado, at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. She was also chosen to perform on the nationally syndicated From the Top radio program.
Chloé was introduced to the violin at age 2 by her mother, Heidi Trevor Itashiki, a Dallas Symphony violinist. She later studied with Arkady Fomin, a Dallas Symphony violinist and artistic director of the New Conservatory of Dallas. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and her graduate degree as a scholarship student at Rice University studying with Kenneth Goldsmith.
Chloé plays on a Carlos Landolfi violin made in Italy in 1771, and is on faculty at the Music in the Mountains Conservatory.
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.
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!
Benefit SASO via the 2015 Ford Mustang Raffle!
With your $25 contribution (or five tickets for $100), you could win a 2015 Ford Mustang 50th Anniversary Edition through this year’s Millions for Tucson raffle. The best part is that 100% of your contribution will support the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. The drawing will be held Nov. 13, 2015. You may purchase your tickets online through Oct. 31.
Your support helps SASO continue to explore the world of music with our audiences.
Special Thanks to our 2014-15 Season Sponsor