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SASO Season Tickets

Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm MST

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra invites audiences to sit back and enjoy a little light music next season. Music Director Linus Lerner explores the lighter side of classical music with works of whimsy, magic and new horizons. Season tickets are on sale now. For details visit

The SASO program for the 2018-2019 season includes enlightening pieces like Chávez’ Sinfonia India, a single movement symphony based on three melodies originating from the Native American tribes of northern Mexico, a virtuosic concerto for trumpet by Armenian composer Arutiunian and Suppé’s Overture to The Beautiful Galathea, his first critical success.

SASO also will premiere a luminous new work by SASO’s own Richard White – Concertino for English Horn, Strings, Harp and Timpani with principal oboe Sherry Jameson.

Light and evocative favorites are abundant – Orpheus in the Underworld, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (popularized by Disney’s Fantasia), Capriccio Espagnol, the Candide Overture and The Girl from Ipanema.

Guest artists include Taiwan-born pianist Sandra Wright Shen returning to the SASO stage along with first-time soloists – Brazilian trumpeter Flávio Gabriel and clarinetist Lucas Ferreira, Mexican violinist Adolfo Alejo, British violinist Madeleine Mitchell, Tucson cellist Theodore Buchholz and Rick Wamer, a mime who studied with Marcel Marceau. The SASO chorus joins the orchestra for the season finale – Mozart’s Coronation Mass. Bulgarian Nayden Todorov will guest conduct the February concerts. Lerner conducts the other four concert cycles.

With SASO you can expect the unexpected. Music Director Lerner challenged himself not to repeat any major work in his first decade of programming for SASO and he did indeed accomplish that goal. This is yet another bright and scintillating season with SASO. Here’s the lineup:

Oct. 20 & 21, 2018 – Márquez’s lively Conga del Fuego Nuevo, Saint-Saëns’ audience-favorite Piano Concerto No. 2, Debussy’s poetry-inspired Petite Suite and Chávez’s Symphony No. 2.

Nov. 17 & 18, 2018 – Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Arutiunian’s challenging Trumpet Concerto, Jobim’s chart-topping Girl from Ipanema and Borodin’s Symphony No. 2.

Feb. 2 & 3, 2019 – Brahms’ Double Concerto for violin and cello plus two works by Mendelssohn – The Hebrides (inspired by a visit to a sea cave in Scotland) and Symphony No. 5, the Reformation.

March 2 & 3, 2019 – Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld, inspired by Greek mythology, plus the premiere of White’s Concertino, Dukas’ spritely The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol and Françaix’ Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra.

April 6 & 7, 2019 – Suppé’s The Beautiful Galathea Overture and two classics by Mozart – his final Violin Concerto, known as The Turkish, and his Coronation Mass with the SASO chorus.

SASO’s stimulating concerts are performed twice each cycle – first on Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. at the DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Dr., and again on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in northwest Tucson.

Season tickets for the SaddleBrooke series are $92, a savings of $23. They can be purchased by calling (520) 825-2818 or at

Early-bird season tickets for the St. Andrew’s series are $80, a savings of $35 if purchased by April 30. After that the price will go up to $90. Order online at or call (520) 308-6226.

SASO also will perform its fourth-annual Mexican Independence Day Concert on Sept. 15 at the Fox Tucson Theatre. The program features the Mexican National Anthem by Jaime Nunó and works by Mexican composers Arturo Márquez, Juventino Rosas, Genaro Codina and Carlos Chávez. The program also showcases opera arias sung by winners of the Linus Lerner International Voice Competition that will be held again this summer in San Luis Potosí in Mexico. This free concert is sponsored by the Mexican Consulate in Tucson and the Instituto Cultural Mexicano de Tucson. Tickets will be distributed by the Mexican Consulate, 3915 E. Broadway. Call the consulate at 882-5595, Ext. 404 after Sept. 1.

Lerner has conducted SASO musicians both here and abroad, including two China tours, one tour of his native Brazil and several opera festivals in Mexico – three in Oaxaca and two in San Luis Potosí.

Philanthropist and musician Dorothy Dyer Vanek is SASO’s season sponsor for the 12th consecutive year. Vanek also underwrote both of SASO’s CDs – “Celebration!” which features the music of Tucson composers – and the well-reviewed premiere recordings of two viola concertos with soloist Brett Deubner on the Naxos label.

SASO is a vital community resource that unites performers and audiences through a passion for music. Founded in 1979, this orchestra presents world premieres, seldom-performed treasures and classical favorites. Learn more at or call (520) 308-6226.


Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 8:00 pm MST
Sunday, April 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm MST
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