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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…

SASO – Final two programs preview

Punch Howarth This article is a preview of the final two concert programs of the current season by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Linus Lerner. The first of these concerts is to be performed in early April following an invitational performance by SASO in mid-February at the Gramado International Music Festival in Brazil,…

SASO performs Rachmaninoff and Dvorak at next concert

Sheryll McManus, the soloist for the very popular Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto, affectionately known as “Rocky 2.” Photo by Guy Atchley.

Punch Howarth Before looking ahead to next year’s opening concert, the Southern Arizona Symphony Family wishes everyone a Joyous Holiday Season and a Healthy 2016 New Year. Morton Gould’s raucous and stimulating American Salute opens the concert. This work is a series of variations on When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, an American military folk song.…

SASO presents highlights from the Oxaca Opera Festival

Tim Secomb Twenty-five members of the Southern Arizona Symphony returned recently from Oaxaca, Mexico, where they performed in the Oaxaca Opera Festival. The full SASO orchestra will perform highlights of the festival on September 15 in a special Mexican Independence Day free concert with vocalists from the festival and Mariachi Sol Azteca, sponsored by the…