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SASO Dream Catch 2017 – 2018 season

Punch Howarth Linus Lerner returns as conductor of SASO in their regular five-concert 2017-18 season of beautiful, exciting music. Programs will include the well-known – new works – excitement – the exotic – thrilling soloists, playing to enthusiastic audiences. SASO musicians are skilled, dedicated men and women who have spent hours of practice in bedrooms,…

Summer music “Musing”

Punch Howarth With SASO in recess until fall, I will relate my musical activities for the summer. In my own listening, it has been mostly large works which means big orchestra and lengthy. Starting with Shostakovich there is his Ninth Symphony followed by his greatest, the Tenth that freed him from Stalin’s shadow. Mahler’s sixth and ninth took…

SASO Super Season finale is Russian-German-Czech

Punch Howarth A stunning, sometimes explosive, season ending concert in April offers a double dose of Russian, a German masterwork and ends with a Slavic jewel. The concert will welcome guest conductor Anton Shaburov (Sha bur ov) from Russia and fittingly he will open the concert with Russian Sailors Dance by Reinhold Gliere from his…

SASO performs Faure’s Requiem

Punch Howarth Many in the community and SASO were saddened by the death of Samuel (Sam) Kreiling in December. Sam had many talents as a professional pilot, musician, golfer and friend. My association with Sam started when we both joined the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in the same year. He had recruited me as he…

SASO to perform unusual works for saxophone

Punch Howarth Russian Romantic Composer Alexander Glazunov’s, 1865 to 1936, last composition was a saxophone concerto, an instrument rarely used in a symphony orchestra only being invented in 1840 by Adolphe Sax, a clarinetist in Paris, of nine varieties. Soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones are most commonly used. Made popular in the swing bands…

SASO opens with Elgar, ends with Rachmaninov

Punch Howarth Two popular works by British composer Edward Elgar will open the January concerts by Linus Lerner and the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4, Op. 39 and Violin Concerto, Op. 61. Elgar composed 5 P. and C. Marches with the first being best known as it is used in…

SASO wishes a happy holiday with a musical menu

Punch Howarth All of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra family wishes all our readers a joyful holiday season. At a time when most are planning menus for the celebrations, the following might be helpful. Divided into eight areas are the following: A. Drinks or Cacophonous Bartok Dry Tartini – Cor Inglese Clarinet – Solturn –…

SASO to perform Nielsen along with Rossini and Beethoven

Grammy-nominated flutist Carol Wincenc joins the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra to perform Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s Flute Concerto on November 19 and 20.

Punch Howarth Denmark’s Carl Nielsen is one of three outstanding Scandinavian composers of large instrumental works along with Kurt Atterberg of Sweden and Jean Sibelius of Finland. Nielsen’s Concerto for Flute with soloist Carol Wincenc will be performed by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Linus Lerner at their second concert of the season in…

SASO sneak preview

Punch Howarth Selections by great well known composers will highlight the 2016-2017 season of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Linus Lerner. Works by Beethoven, Nielsen, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Dvorak will thrill both audiences and orchestra members. In addition, Conductor Lerner has added a few esoteric and not as well-known works to challenge…