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 next concerts feature the winner of our Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition, plus a full roster of Romantic-era favorites: Tchaikovsky’s passionate Romeo and Juliet, Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio Espagnol, and Liszt’s expressive Piano Concerto No. 1 with a Russian-trained guest from India …
Known for his deep and exciting performances, Pervez Mody enjoys a big reputation on the concert circuit. An exceptionally gifted child, he began learning the piano at the age of 4 with Feroza Dubash Labonne and Farida Dubash, teachers who profoundly influenced his musical interpretations and his understanding of classical music. Even in his youth he won a record number of competitions, prizes and distinctions and was in great demand as a concert performer. He then won a scholarship to study at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow with Margarita Fyodorava, who introduced him to the works of Alexander Scriabin. He undertook further studies with Fanny Solter and Miguel Proenca at the Karlsruhe University of Music. Since then he has appeared in concert across Europe and has performed on radio and television in India, England and Germany. He has made several CD recordings for Naxos, Thorofon and Antes, among others. He is presently recording the complete works of Scriabin on the Thorofon label.
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.
Your support helps SASO continue to explore the world of music with our audiences.