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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…

Classical music: A brief analysis

Punch Howarth A brief explanation of Classical is a necessary opening as there are music forms other than Classical; Pop music that changes with culture modifications, Jazz that stresses invention and individual expression, Folk music relating to culture groups are but a few among others. Some vocabulary relating to Classical are serious, old, complex, highbrow,…

SASO: Past, Present and Future

Punch Howarth The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra season ended on May 7 and 8 with one of their most ambitious programs that included Brahms, Samuel Barber and Berlioz. Each of these works has intrinsic difficulties that gave the orchestra no small challenge. Also with these concerts this writer of SASO articles retired as principal timpanist…

SASO ends season performing a Brahms and Oxymoronic Masterwork

Punch Howarth Academic Festival Overture Op. 80  (G. Akedemische Festouverture) by Johannes Brahms will open the final concert of the current season by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Linus Lerner. Also on this program of mighty-major works are Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto performed by Emily Sun and Symphonie Fantastique, a five movement symphony by…

SASO to perform Bruckner’s Te Deum

Punch Howarth Te Deum, a massive choral work for orchestra, soloists and chorus will be a featured work on the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s April concerts conducted by Linus Lerner. The massive refers to the full tutti parts especially with brass. However there are numerous relief passages of sublime beauty and passion. Scored for a…