The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra is a solid mix of professional-level, amateur and student musicians. Several musicians have been members of the orchestra since it was formed in 1979.
SASO rehearses each Wednesday evening, and occasional Tuesday evenings, from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. All evening rehearsals are at Roskruge School, 501 E. 6th Street unless otherwise noted. Please arrive early and be ready to tune at 6:55 p.m. Bring a music stand if you have one. Each concert cycle includes approximately seven evening rehearsals, plus a Saturday morning dress rehearsalon the concert weekend. SaddleBrooke concerts are Saturdays at 7:30pm. St. Andrew’s concerts are Sunday’s at 3 p.m.
Prospective members may inquire about auditions by using our contact form.
The success of an orchestra depends on everyone’s dedicated participation. To make the experience a rewarding and satisfying one, we have formalized our attendance policy, which is based on the following principles:
- We ask for your commitment to SASO, but we know that schedule conflicts can occur.
- Our goal is to make as efficient use of rehearsal time as possible.
- Unexpected absences cause the most problems. We can work around expected absences.
- If you will be absent, you should try to make it as easy as possible on those who are present.
Every piece is different in its orchestration and its technical demands. Not every player is asked to play every piece. Seating arrangements may vary from piece to piece. We ask for your cooperation, flexibility and understanding in this.
Each season, you are asked to complete a schedule form indicating any concert cycles and/or rehearsals that you must miss. This information will be made available to the section leaders and to the Music Director.
If an absence you did not know about at the time you filled out the schedule is necessary, please inform the Personnel Manager* as soon as possible.
Wind/brass/percussion players who miss rehearsals should try to find a substitute for the rehearsals they will miss. The Personnel Manager can suggest names. If you miss a rehearsal, be sure your part is available at the rehearsal whether you have a substitute or not.
Section leaders who miss a rehearsal should designate a section leader in their absence, and notify that person ahead of time.
Section leaders or the Personnel Committee will call players with unexplained absences. Repeated unexplained absences or late arrivals to rehearsals and/or concerts will be grounds for removal from the orchestra. If you miss more than one rehearsal for a particular concert cycle, or if you miss the dress rehearsal, the Music Director or the Personnel Committee may request that you not play the concert. This will be judged on a case-by-case basis.
If you must miss one concert in a given cycle, you are not entitled to play the other concert in that cycle in your normal seating position.
- Wind/brass/percussion players must sit out the cycle.
- String players have the option of playing the other concert, provided that they attend the rehearsals (including the dress) for that concert, and sit at the back of their section for that cycle.
This policy is designed to ensure consistency in seating between performances in a given cycle, while maximizing playing opportunities. Any exceptions require the approval of the Music Director.
The orchestra will tune at 6:59. The Music Director reserves the right to keep the orchestra past 9:30 if we start late. If you know that you will be late for a rehearsal, please tell the Music Director beforehand.
*Personnel Manager is currently Tim Secomb, 360-2128 cell
Audio/Video Release Policy. It is a condition of participating in SASO activities that you authorize SASO to publish audio and/or video materials obtained during SASO rehearsals or performances, which may include your name and likeness, for use in SASO’s publications including print, online, CD or DVD materials, and that you release SASO and any third parties involved in the creation such materials from liability for any claims by you or any third party in connection with your participation.
2017-18 SEASON REHEARSAL AND PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
All rehearsals are at Roskruge Middle School Auditorium 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm unless otherwise noted.
Programs and rehearsal schedule subject to change.
Key to instrumentation listings: fl ob cl bsn / hrn trp trb tuba / timp & perc hrp keybrd / str. (* requires picc, eng hn, bass cl and/or contrabsn; = requires alto fl or Eb clr). All lists in concert order.
Roskruge = Roskruge Middle School Auditorium 501 E. 6th St. (enter parking from 2nd avenue)
SA Pres = St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Southwest Sanctuary, 7575 North Paseo del Norte
SaddleBrooke = DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Dr.
Fox Theatre = Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W Congress St.
SPECIAL CONCERT at Tucson’s Fox Theatre (Sep 15, 2017)
SPECIAL CONCERT (Sep 15, 2017) – Mexican Independence Day Concert
Manuel Esperón González: Mexico 1910 Suite
Merle J. Issac: Obertura Mexicana
Alejandro Sánchez-Navarro: Mexico (El Pais de las Montánas) with composer conducting
Arias from San Luis Potosi Opera Festival
Tuesday, September 5
Wednesday, September 6
Tuesday, September 12 – Cycle 1 repertoire, may also include some Sept. 15 repertoire
Wednesday, September 13
Friday, September 15 -7:30 call, 8:00 pm SPECIAL CONCERT in Fox Theatre
CONCERT CYCLE 1 (Oct 14 and 15, 2017)
(Max forces required: *3*322-4331-tmp+3-2hp-str)
George Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1 (11′) (*3*322-4431-tmp+3+2hp-str)
Aram Khachaturian: Violin Concerto (Chloe Trevor, violin) (35′) (*3*322-4331-tmp+3-hp-str)
Amanda Harberg: Solis (8′) (*32*32-4431-tmp+3-hp-str)
Antonio Vivaldi: Summer from The Four Seasons (Chloe Trevor, violin) (10′) (cnt-str)
Antonin Dvorák: Slavonic Dances, Op. 46, Nos. 5-8 (16′) (2222-4230-tmp-+3-str)
Tuesday, September 12
Wednesday, September 20 (sectionals)
Wednesday, September 27 (conductor TBA)
Wednesday, October 4
Tuesday, October 10
Wednesday, October 11
Saturday, October 14 – SA Pres: 9 am – 12 noon
Saturday, October 14 – SaddleBrooke: 6:45 pm sound check, 7:30 pm CONCERT
Sunday, October 15 – SA Pres: 2 pm sound check, 3 pm CONCERT
CONCERT CYCLE 2 (Nov 18 and 19, 2017)
(Max forces required: (*3222-4231-tmp+3-str)
Diego Sánchez Haase, guest conductor
Gioachino Rossini: Overture to William Tell (12′) (*2*222-4230-tmp+3-str)
Sergei Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 3 (Yelena Beriyeva, piano) (39′) (2222-4231-tmp+2-str)
Ludwig Van Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (39’) (” Pastoral”) (*3222-2220-tmp-str)
Tuesday, October 24
Wednesday, October 25
Wednesday, November 1
Wednesday, November 8 (sectionals)
Tuesday, November 14 (guest conductor)
Wednesday, November 15 (guest conductor)
Saturday, November 18 – SA Pres: 9 am – 12 noon
Saturday, November 18 – SaddleBrooke: 6:45 pm sound check, 7:30 pm CONCERT
Sunday, November 19 – SA Pres: 2 pm sound check, 3 pm CONCERT
CONCERT CYCLE 3, CHINESE NEW YEAR CONCERT (Jan 27, 28 and Feb 11, 2018)
Chinese New Year Celebration with the Tucson Sino Choir
Li Chunlai: Ode to the Red Flag
Zhou Yu Guo: Robe of the Clouds (Jing Xia, guzheng)
Liu Wenjing: Great Wall Fantasy (Xiaoyin Zheng, erhu)
Wang Liping/Larry Lang: Dream of the Red Chamber
Tuesday, January 9
Wednesday, January 10
Tuesday, January 16 (sectionals)
Wednesday, January 17
Tuesday, January 23
Wednesday, January 24
Saturday, January 27 – SA Pres: 9am – 12 noon
Saturday, January 27 – SaddleBrooke: 6:45 pm sound check, 7:30 pm CONCERT
Sunday, January 28 – SA Pres: 2 pm sound check, 3 pm CONCERT
Saturday, February 10 – Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 West River Road: 9am – 12 noon
Sunday, February 11 – Centennial Hall, University of Arizona, noon sound check, 2pm CHINESE NEW YEAR’S CONERT
CONCERT CYCLE 4 (March 10, 11 2018)
(Max forces required: *3*3*3*3-4331-tmp-hp-str))
Samuel Barber: Knoxville: Summer of 1915 (Christi Amonson, soprano) (16′) (*1*111-2100-hp-str)
Pete Fine: Electric Guitar Concerto No. 2 (Pete Fine, guitar) (2222-4221-tmp+2-hp-str)
Winner of Youth Concerto Competition: TBA
Francis Poulenc: Gloria (SASO Chorus; Christi Amonson, soprano) (28′) (*3*3*3*3-4331-asx-tmp+5-hp-pf-str)
Wednesday, January 31
Wednesday, February 7
[Wednesday, February 14 – no rehearsal]
Wednesday, February 21 (sectionals)
Wednesday, February 28
Tuesday, March 6
Wednesday, March 7
Saturday, March 10 – SA Pres: 9am – 12 noon
Saturday March 10 – SaddleBrooke: 6:45 pm sound check, 7:30 pm CONCERT
Sunday, March 11 – SA Pres: 2 pm sound check, 3 pm CONCERT
CONCERT CYCLE 5 (April 14 and 15, 2018)
(Max forces required: *3*3*3*3-4331-asx-tmp+5-hp-pf-str)
Christopher Theofanidis: Ranibow Body (13′) (3333-4331-tmp+3-hp-pf-str)
Henryk Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Lauren Roth, violin) (22′) (2222-2230-tmp-str)
Sergei Rachmaninov: Symphonic Dances (35′) (*3*3*3*3-4331-asx-tmp+5-hp-pf-str)
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 21 (sectionals)
Wednesday, March 28 (conductor TBA)
Wednesday, April 4
Tuesday, April 10
Wednesday, April 11
Saturday, April 14 – SA Pres: 9 am – 12 noon
Saturday, April 14 – SaddleBrooke: 6:45 pm sound check, 7:30pm CONCERT
Sunday, April 15 – SA Pres: 2 pm sound check, 3 pm CONCERT
Wednesday, April 18 – Annual General Meeting and potluck
General Personnel Reminders
Please do not wear perfume, cologne or other scents to rehearsals or concerts.
Please do not carry on conversations during tuning or rehearsal.
Speak quietly if you need to discuss something about the music that can’t wait until break.
If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please contact Tim Secomb AND your section leader in advance. It may be necessary for you to help find a replacement for your part.
Ladies—Black dress or skirt/pants and blouse. Sleeves should be elbow length or longer. Dress/skirt/pants should be mid-calf or longer. Black shoes.
Gentlemen—tuxedo or black suit, white shirt, black bow tie, black shoes and socks.
Concert Dress should look professional and not casual.