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SASO’s 2022 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition winners announced after the largest competition in the organization’s history

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra recently welcomed 32 young musicians to the Fred Fox School of Music at the University of Arizona to compete before a panel of judges.  Named in honor of longtime arts patron Dorothy Vanek, the annual competition takes place in early January and gives students the chance to develop their performance…

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Young Tucson violinist to perform with Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

Talk about patience. Tucson teen Joshua Thai has been waiting two years to cash in on his prize after winning the junior division of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra‘s 2020 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition. Two years is easily five in kid years. This weekend, Joshua, now 15, gets to play with the community orchestra under…

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SASO hosts brother duo for Mendelssohn concerts this weekend

It’s taken them six years, but Bulgarian-born, UK-based brother act Ivo and Lachezar Stankov are making their encore appearance with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra this weekend. The concert celebrates the American release of the pair’s latest recording, “Mendelssohn,” with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. SASO Music Director Linus Lerner, who also directs an…

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Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra puts on dancing shoes to open new season

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 2021-22 season this weekend with its first full-orchestra in-person concert since March 2020. The volunteer ensemble, under the baton of Music Director Linus Lerner, has dubbed its season “Dance for Joy.” It’s a redux of the 2020-21 season that the orchestra had to postpone due to the…

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The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra kicks off the 2021-22 season with a celebration of movement in Verdi, Beethoven and Grieg

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra opens its season on October 16 and 17 with a selection of works that celebrate the power of music to connect us and make us move. After a year of scaled back ensembles and live-streamed events, the full orchestra returns under the baton of Maestro Linus Lerner.  Internationally renowned concert…

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The 2021 Jim Click Millions for Tucson Raffle

Support SASO by buying a raffle ticket for a 2021 Ford Bronco and other fun prizes! 100% of proceeds go to SASO. Simply purchase a ticket for $25 (or 5 for $100) by clicking the link below. You will be entered into the drawing and your raffle tickets will be mailed to within 5 business…

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Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra to perform in-person concert at Tucson Mall

Nearly two dozen Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra musicians will perform a concert of Baroque music on Sunday, March 7 — the ensemble’s biggest concert since the pandemic began last March. “It’s going to be really nice,” said SASO Music Director Linus Lerner, who said the program celebrates a number of notable anniversaries, including the 300th for Bach’s Brandenburg…

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Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra debuts animated opera in collaboration with the Mexico-based San Luis Opera Festival

Join us for the Watch Party Premier on February 25th @ 7pm on our YouTube channel In recent years, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra has traveled to Mexico to participate in the San Luis Opera Festival and Linus Lerner International Vocal Competition, in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The festival normally occurs during the summer and…

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