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SASO Presents Soul-Stirring Music by Gould, Rachmaninov, Dvořák

Lush, haunting and hummable melodies infuse the next program of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 31 in northwest Tucson, Feb. 5 in Green Valley and Feb. 6 in SaddleBrooke. Three fabulously famous classics by Morton Gould, Sergei Rachmaninov and AntonĂ­n Dvořák are woven with Old-World folk tunes, a patriotic Civil War anthem and…

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Music Students Invited to Enter Youth Concerto Competition

TUCSON, AZ – Talented young musicians age 13 to 18 are invited to apply for the 2016 Dorothy Vanek Youth Concerto Competition sponsored by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. The deadline is Feb. 14. Prizes of $1,000, $500 and $250 will be awarded. In addition, the judges may present one Performance Award – an opportunity…

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2015-16 Cycle 2 Program Notes

Karelia is a region of northern Europe, on the border between Russia and Finland. Tensions over the ownership of Karelia were an important aspect of Finland’s struggle for independence. In 1893, Finnish composer Jean Sibelius was commissioned to write music to accompany a series of historic tableaux representing scenes from the history of this region. From the resulting set…

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SASO performs Mendelssohn, Sibelius and Vaughan Williams

TUCSON, AZ – The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra welcomes three international guest artists Nov. 7 and 8 for concerts featuring the music of Sibelius, Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams. Bulgarian brothers Ivo and Lachezar Stankov share the spotlight in Mendelssohn’s Concerto for Violin, Piano and Strings, written by the child prodigy in his early teens and described…

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Program notes for SASO’s October 2015 concerts

Mexican composer JosĂ© Pablo Moncayo GarcĂ­a was one of the most important representatives of the Mexican nationalist movement in classical music, along with fellow composers Silvestre Revueltas and Carlos Chávez. His Huapango is an original composition inspired by the popular music of the Mexican state of Veracruz, including the songs El Siquisiri, El BalajĂş and El Gavilancito. The title Huapango…

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When the finale isn’t quite final

Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra will get the rare opportunity to perform a concerto with the soloist for whom the piece was written. In two concerts this weekend, the ensemble will perform New Jersey composer Amanda Harberg’s Viola Concerto with violist Brett Deubner, for whom Harberg wrote the piece in 2011/12. SASO Conductor Linus Lerner has worked with…

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SASO Season Opens with Viola Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra opens the season with Amanda Harberg’s Viola Concerto, composed for and played by her friend Brett Deubner, a champion of new works for the viola. The Oct. 10 and 11 concerts also feature JosĂ© Pablo Moncayo’s Huapango and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6, known as the “PathĂ©tique.” Deubner has soloed with…

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