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Classical Music Returns to Oro Valley parks
Sunday, March 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, April 19, 2020 @ 5:00 pm MST
Classical Music Returns to Oro Valley parks with SAACA’s Riverfront Park Classical Concert Series
Since 1997, the Town of Oro Valley and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance have partnered to bring music to residents of Oro Valley. The Oro Valley Riverfront Park Classical Concert Series supports some of the finest classically trained musicians with the opportunity to perform in the community’s largest outdoor amphitheater, located at Cañada del Oro Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane.
The series is anticipated to draw hundreds of attendees monthly back to Riverfront Park to experience classical music at the base of the majestic Pusch View Mountains, a setting like no other in Southern Arizona. This program impacts economic development, while providing community exposure to the arts, and supporting local musicians. In addition to stunning views and great classical music, there will be various local food vendors to enjoy while hearing from some of Southern Arizona’s best classical musicians.
The concerts will be held on every other Sunday evening during March and April at 4 PM, starting March 8. Each concert will run for 60 – 90 minutes in length. All concerts are free to attend. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs. All concerts are held in the outdoor amphitheater.
Sunday, March 8: Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra (SASO)
Classical Symphonic Music
The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra kicks off the Riverfront Classical Concert Series with a special performance showcasing their 2019-2020 season. Their program will include a sneak preview of their March concert, “Tchaikovsky and a Painter,” as well as beloved and recognizable movements by Beethoven, Dvorak, and Johann Strauss. Founded in 1979, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra is a vital community resource that unites performers and audiences through a passion for music. The orchestra presents world premieres, seldom-performed treasures and classical gems.
Program (subject to change):
Tchaikovsky: Festival Coronation March
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1
Offenbach: Intermezzo e Bacarolle
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (second movement)
Offenbach: Can-Can from Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (third movement)
Rossini: Largo al Factotum (Linus Lerner, baritone)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (New World) (fourth movement)
J. Strauss: Radetsky March
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Sunday, March 22: University of Arizona Low Brass Quartet (UArizona Musicians on Tour)
Trombone and Tuba Quartet
The University of Arizona Low Brass Quartet is a unique ensemble comprising both current and former students from all corners of the country. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sweet sounds of the low brass in a concert celebrating the rich history of classical and jazz music! The ensemble features Cari Earnhardt, Dan Sherman, Copland Rose, and Neal Romberg.
Sunday, April 5: Desert Winds Steel Orchestra
Steel Pan Orchestra
What started as an eight-member band back in the fall of 1997, the DESERT WINDS STEEL ORCHESTRA has now grown to 15+ members who have discovered the joy of music making in an ensemble setting. This diverse group of members has not only grown in numbers, but in skill at a remarkable rate. Their repertoire includes Latin and pop songs and an array of island tunes that will create an atmosphere of pure joy. Having already produced five CD’s, their newest release, “Sweeter On Steel”, is now available. Their appeal to audiences of all ages led them to be repeatedly invited to perform at Cricket Pavilion to entertain the crowd of party-goers prior to performances by the immensely popular Jimmy Buffett. For more information about this group please visit:
Sunday, April 19: Santa Cruz Summer Winds
70 Piece Wind Ensemble
The Santa Cruz Summer Winds is a summer wind ensemble based out of the Community Performing Arts Center in Green Valley, Arizona. The Santa Cruz Summer Winds rehearses out of the University of Arizona – Fred Fox School of Music, Catalyst Collaborative Arts and Maker Space, and receives non-monetary patronage from the Fred Fox School of Music. Featuring some of the finest musicians throughout Southern Arizona, their mission is to graciously represent the Tucson area music community wherever they perform, and to always to help build and foster all forms of positive music and community relations. For more information about this group please visit:
When: Every Other Sunday Evening in March and April at 4 PM beginning March 8
Where: Oro Valley Riverfront Park, 551 W. Lambert Lane, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
Cost: There is no cost to attend the concerts. Food is available for purchase onsite. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.
Phone: (520) 797-3959
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