An important and continuing goal of the Tucson Desert Song Festival Board of Directors is to offer Tucsonans of all ages the opportunity to hear professional vocal music, particularly art song. A variety of outreach programs has been created to engage, educate and hopefully inspire the community.

The Fred Fox School of Music of the University of Arizona has been an important partner since the beginning of the festival. Its faculty are active participants, and the school provides a venue for master classes, recitals and lectures during the festival.

The education component of the festival focuses on three areas:

Master classes, recitals and lectures

During the Festival, several Master Classes, Recitals and Lectures are offered to the public free of charge. For Master Classes, University vocal students are given the opportunity to perform for world-class guest artists. The sessions are informative and entertaining to the general public. The Opening Event for the Festival is a lecture recital, “Art Song in America” Hosted by Professor Kristin Dauphinais.

See the events calendar for more information on these free opportunities.

Platero y Yo

This year we will continue to present Platero y Yo, one of the most popular works by Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, recipient of the 1956 Nobel Prize in Literature. The poem, beloved by adults and children alike, is a reflection of friendship and the simple joys of life. It was set to music by the great composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. Details of performances of Platero y Yo with guitarist and narrator will be added to the events calendar as they are booked.

Adult Outreach Programs

Adult Outreach Programs take place in and around Tucson. A series of Preview Concerts intended to educate adults in the history and tradition of art song will take place at three locations this fall. They are the Senior Academy, La Posada, and Brookdale. The artists for these Preview Concerts are talented graduate students from the UA Fred Fox School of Music.

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