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April concerts by the Southern Arizona Symphony

Punch Howarth In thinking about writing this article describing the April concert by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, my first thought was that it will be esoteric, but no; is it too abstract? And again, no; what it is, is a surprisingly unique concert. Director Linus Lerner has selected works for strings and soloist, a…

SASO third concert includes Gould-Rachmaninoff-Dvorak

Punch Howarth Linus Lerner will return to lead the third program of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra’s concert season. Opening the program will be Morton Gould’s WW II patriotic American Salute of 1943, based upon When Johnny Comes Marching Home, an Americana folk song dating to the Civil War in the 1860s. Composed in one…

SASO plays Rachmaninoff’s “Resurrection” second piano concert

Punch Howarth SaddleBrooke’s Sheryll McManus will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor(m), that this writer labels his “resurrection,” with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra with Linus Lerner returning to the podium. The reason for my descriptive label is that following a disastrous failure at the premier of his First Symphony, Rachmaninoff…

Music and ballet—harmony in motion

Punch Howarth This article will be summer essay number five on Forms of Music and is one where I need to tread lightly—Ballet Music. There is much ballet music from romantic and modern composers that I am familiar with, but to attempt to explain ballet (the dancing) itself, I would pirouette-tutu easily and miss being…

Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra 2015-2016 concert preview

Punch Howarth SASO will offer an interesting, diverse series of concerts in the 2015-2016 season starting in October. There will be five programs performed at SaddleBrooke and in Oro Valley. Also the orchestra returns to Green Valley for two programs. Resident conductor Linus Lerner will be on the podium for four of the programs with…

SASO season finale is a humdinger

Punch Howarth Linus Lerner leading the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in this season’s final concert promises to be a great conclusion to an outstanding season. Three generations of composers are featured that includes the Russian Modest Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain who died in 1881; German Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G who died in 1920; Englishman…

SASO SaddleBrooke concert April 11

Punch Howarth A concert of 20th Century works are featured in the April concert of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. Opening the program will be Psalm 22, a new work by Michael Kiefer who is principal trumpet in SASO. Hong-Mei Xiao will be featured soloist in Bohuslav Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra of 1952. Following…

SASO concert

Punch Howarth Linus Lerner will conduct the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in three differing and interesting compositions in the April concert, plus a bonus. In addition to Psalm 22 by Michael Kiefer, Martinu’s Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra, featuring soloist Hong-Mai Xiao, and Masquerade Suite by Khachaturian, will be the winner of the annual Student Concerto Competition…