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SASO Remembers Dorothy Dyer Vanek

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra remembers Dorothy Vanek, Principal Benefactor and longtime supporter, who passed away peacefully on March 25, 2020. Dorothy Vanek’s legacy of arts philanthropy has been a pivotal part SASO’s history, and…

SASO Begins the 2017-2018 Season

Contact Kevin Larkin at manager@sasomusic.org or (520) 308-6226 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…

In Celebration of Mexican Independence Day

Contact Kevin Larkin at manager@sasomusic.org or (520) 308-6226 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…

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…

Interview with Carol Wincenc

Just a few minutes before our esteemed soloist Carol Wincenc began her first rehearsal with SASO of Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto, she sat down with our executive director, James Reel, for a live Facebook chat…

Program Notes for SASO’s Oct. 15-16 Concerts

By Tim Secomb Mexican composer Arturo Márquez was born in Álamos, Sonora. His father and his grandfather were musicians and Márquez was exposed to several musical styles in his childhood, particularly Mexican “salon music,” which strongly influenced his…

Dvorak’s “Song to the Moon”

Here’s soprano Elizabeth Rodriguez Berrios joining SASO and conductor Linus Lerner for the “Song to the Moon” from Antonín Dvorák’s opera Rusalka, in concert at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Sept. 15, 2016. Thanks to…

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…

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….

2015-16 Cycle 2 Program Notes

By Tim Secomb 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…

Program notes for SASO’s October 2015 concerts

By Tim Secomb Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo García 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…

Oaxaca Opera Festival in Mexican press

SASO, Linus Lerner and the 2016 Oaxaca Opera Festival are receiving plentiful advance coverage in the Mexican press. If you read Spanish, or if you’re just a monolingual voyeur, follow the links to short pieces…

2015-16 Season Tickets Now Available

Through May 17, you may purchase early-bird-discount season tickets for SASO’s five 2015-16 concerts at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian for only $80. That’s five concerts for less than the cost of four single tickets! Season ticket…

Edwin E. Soo Kim Appetizer

Following his outstanding 2013 performances with SASO of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto (which you can view in individual movements here, here and here), Edwin E. Soo Kim returns to Tucson in February 2015 to participate in…

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