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Sánchez Haase conducts SASO in November

Paraguay’s globe-trotting Diego Sánchez Haase will guest conduct the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in a program showcasing Beethoven’s evocative Pastoral Symphony and Rachmaninov’s technically challenging third piano concerto. The program presented November 18 and 19 will open with Rossini’s Overture to William Tell. Piano soloist Yelena Beriyeva made her solo debut at the age of…

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SASO Begins the 2017-2018 Season

TUCSON, AZ – On Oct. 14 and 15 the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra presents a lively program inspired by folk rhythms, poetry and joyous celebrations of the human spirit. These are musical marvels by Khachaturian, Vivaldi and Dvorak. SASO welcomes the return of violinist ChloĂ© Trevor to play Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s Summer from…

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SASO Begins the 2017-2018 Season

SOUTHERN ARIZONA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA  TUCSON, AZ – On Oct. 14 and 15 the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra presents a lively program inspired by folk rhythms, poetry and joyous celebrations of the human spirit. These are musical marvels by Khachaturian, Vivaldi and Dvorak. SASO welcomes the return of violinist ChloĂ© Trevor to play Khachaturian’s Violin Concert…

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In Celebration of Mexican Independence Day

SASO, Sánchez-Navarro, Festival Soloists Perform Free Concert Sept. 15     TUCSON, AZ – The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra and winners of the Linus Lerner International Voice Competition will present a free public concert in celebration of Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre. The program features guest artists…

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Program notes for SASO’s March 17-19, 2007 concerts

By Tim Secomb During his long career, the English composer William Walton wrote music in several genres, from film scores to opera. Early in his career, he gained notoriety for his modernist work Façade – An Entertainment, in which poems by Edith Sitwell are recited with an instrumental accompaniment. But in later years, some of his compositions were dismissed…

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Interview with Nicholas Turner

Via our Facebook page, here’s an interview, recorded live during a rehearsal break, with pianist Nicholas Turner, preparing to play the first movement of Ravel’s G-Major Concerto. Nick is the winner of our 2017 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition. He’s interviewed by SASO bassist Alisha Nichols. Counting backwards… we have three concerts that Must Not Be…

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Saxophonist returns to Tucson, this time with Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra is pulling out the stops as it heads into the homestretch of the 2016-17 season. In three performances this weekend, audiences will experience: A veteran and celebrated saxophonist performing a significant work in the limited saxophone solo repertoire. A young pianist who took top honors in the orchestra’s 2017 Dorothy…

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Linus Speaks

Here’s SASO’s music director, Linus Lerner, talking about achieving unity among SASO players, and introducing them to new music and new guest conductors.

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