Amanda Harberg’s Viola Concerto

This week, SASO is recording two recent concertos with viola soloist Brett Deubner for commercial CD release. We’ve played all the music in concert before; here’s a video of our first go at Amanda Harberg’s Viola Concerto, in a live performance from October 2015.  

The Stankovs play Mendelssohn with SASO

Felix Mendelssohn’s E-minor Violin Concerto is a concert staple, and his piano concertos get an occasional outing, but it’s more unusual to find his early Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings on the concert stage. If you missed the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s performance of it in November, 2015, or would like to revisit the…

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SASO Presents Whitacre, He Zhanhao and Bruckner’s Te Deum April 1–3

Travel through your imagination from a young child’s moonlit bedside to ancient China, then 19th-century Vienna as you enjoy haunting, evocative and powerful music by Eric Whitacre, He Zhanhao and Anton Bruckner. Join the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra when it performs Whitacre’s Goodnight Moon, He Zhanhao’s Eternal Regret of Lin’An performed on a traditional Chinese…

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Violinist Tiffany Chang Wins Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Completion

  Violinist Tiffany Chang won the 2016 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition sponsored by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the $1,000 cash prize, she was invited to solo with the orchestra in concerts on April 1, 2 and 3. Chang, who lives in Chandler, will perform the first movement of the Tchaikovsky…

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SASO Musicians Return from Music Festival in Brazil

Musicians of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra recently returned from Brazil. The orchestra gave two performances at the Gramado In Concert International Music Festival. Gramado is picturesque town in the mountains of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, and is also home to an internationally known film festival. The music festival was…

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Latest stop on SASO international journey: Brazil

Forty members of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra landed in Brazil late last week and, on Valentine’s Day, performed the first of two concerts at the Gramado in Concert International Music Festival in Gramado, a European-style tourist town in mountains of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil. The orchestra, under the baton of Music Director Linus Lerner, is teaming…

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2015–16 program notes: Gould, Rachmaninov, Dvořák

Here are the program notes for the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s concerts on Jan. 31 and Feb. 5–6, 2016. Get your tickets here. American composer Morton Gould was recognized for his musical abilities at an early age, and had his first composition published at the age of six. During his long career, he did much to bridge…

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SASO Musicians Head to Music Festival in Brazil

TUCSON, AZ – The well-traveled Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra is headed for another international performance – this time in Brazil. Forty SASO musicians will join members of the Symphony Orchestra of Rio Grande do Norte and other Brazilian musicians for two concerts at the Gramado In Concert International Music Festival. Linus Lerner, a native of Brazil, is artistic director…

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