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January 2020

Festival Opening Event: “Art Song in America” Hosted by Prof Kristin Dauphinais

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Our festival opening event is free to the public and it is made possible thanks to our collaboration with the Fred Fox School of Music. University of Arizona faculty artist Dr. Kristin Dauphinais will host the opening lecture for the 2020 festival, which celebrates the American voice. This lecture will explore the themes and character of American art song. UA voice students will perform selections relating to and illustrating the themes from the lecture. More Information

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Festival World Premiere: Richard Danielpour’s “Songs of Love and Loss” with Hila Plitmann and string septet

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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This event is free to the public. Richard Danielpour, one of America’s most important composers of his generation, is the first composer to be commissioned by the TDSF through the Wesley Green TDSF Composer Project. This concert will feature the premiere of Danielpour’s set of songs based on ancient Persian texts, “Songs of Love and Loss (Five Songs on Poems of Rumi),” which was written for his friend, renowned Israeli soprano Hila Plitmann. The work will be performed with Fred…

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American Originals: Agave Baroque with Reginald Mobley, countertenor

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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We embark on a musical voyage to the Americas, featuring star countertenor Reginald Mobley with San Francisco-based string ensemble Agave Baroque. This program features primarily baroque composers born in the Americas, along with the works of late 19th and early 20th century African-American composers Florence Price and Josiah Holland. Presented by Arizona Early Music Society   More Information & Tickets

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Mavis Staples in concert

Sunday, January 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Backed by her longtime touring band, Staples breathes extraordinary life into multi-GRAMMY Award-winner Ben Harper’s compositions on the record, delivering roof-raising performances with both a youthful vigor and a commanding maturity. The arrangements here are spare but weighty, matched by Harper’s suitably lean and thoughtful production, and Staples seizes the opportunity to showcase her remarkable and continued evolution as an artist, one still growing and exploring more than half a century into her storied career. Presented by the Tucson Jazz…

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“New Directions in Song:” Hosted by Professor Kristin Dauphinais

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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This event is free to the public and it is made possible thanks to our collaboration with the Fred Fox School of Music. Featuring works of contemporary art song with new trends and new discoveries, the program will be performed by distinguished UA vocal students. More Information

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Recital: Ian Bostridge, tenor, and Xuefei Yang, guitar

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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The renowned British tenor Ian Bostridge, nominated fifteen times for Grammy awards and honored as Commander of the British Empire, is joined by his colleague from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Xuefei Yang, who was made a Fellow in 2012 for her extraordinary contributions to classical guitar. Their successful collaboration resulted in a CD, “Songs from our Ancestors” (Globe Music, 2016), recorded at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London. (7:00 p.m., Holsclaw Hall) Presented by Tucson Guitar Society More Information &…

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Masterclass: Ian Bostridge, voice

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Masterclass: Xuefei Yang, guitar

Thursday, January 23, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Crowder Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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“America Sings!” with Morris Robinson, bass, and True Concord

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 1902, 600 South La Cañada Drive
Green Valley, AZ 85614 United States
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Aaron Copland and Stephen Foster have been called “fathers of the American sound” in classical music. Copland’s Old American Songs, timeless songs by Stephen Foster, and spirituals performed by African American bass Morris Robinson demonstrate how these brilliant artists gave a sound to a nation, and explore how individuals have influenced this nation through song. Presented by True Concord More Information & Tickets

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“Windows into Song” with Federica Lombardi, soprano

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Soprano Federica Lombardi, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut this past January, joins conductor José Luis Gomez and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a program called Windows into Song, offering sacred music by Gioachino Rossini, Church Windows by Ottorino Respighi, and the world premiere of Vokas Animo by Tucsonan Robert Lopez-Hanshaw. Presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra More Information & Tickets

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“America Sings!” with Morris Robinson, bass, and True Concord

Saturday, January 25, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E Sunrise Dr,
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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Aaron Copland and Stephen Foster have been called “fathers of the American sound” in classical music. Copland’s Old American Songs, timeless songs by Stephen Foster, and spirituals performed by African American bass Morris Robinson demonstrate how these brilliant artists gave a sound to a nation, and explore how individuals have influenced this nation through song. Presented by True Concord More Information & Tickets

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“Windows into Song” with Federica Lombardi, soprano

Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Soprano Federica Lombardi, who made her Metropolitan Opera debut this past January, joins conductor José Luis Gomez and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a program called Windows into Song, offering sacred music by Gioachino Rossini, Church Windows by Ottorino Respighi, and the world premiere of Vokas Animo by Tucsonan Robert Lopez-Hanshaw. Presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra More Information & Tickets

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“America Sings!” with Morris Robinson, bass, and True Concord

Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Aaron Copland and Stephen Foster have been called “fathers of the American sound” in classical music. Copland’s Old American Songs, timeless songs by Stephen Foster, and spirituals performed by African American bass Morris Robinson demonstrate how these brilliant artists gave a sound to a nation, and explore how individuals have influenced this nation through song. Presented by True Concord More Information & Tickets

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“Festival of Hymns” Featuring Kevin Hildebrand with LCRS Choir and instrumentalists

Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ 3:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, 555 S La Canada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85614 United States
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Featuring Kevin Hildebrand, organist and composer, with LCRS Choir and instrumentalists. Presented by Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior   More Information & Tickets

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“Coming to America: Songs of American Immigrants” Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute Singers

Monday, January 27, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute will make a repeat appearance in Tucson. Selected singers from this renowned program, and America’s oldest music festival, will delight with and evening of song under the direction of Kevin Murphy. Presented by the Fred Fox School of Music More Information & Tickets

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“Song of America: Beyond Liberty” Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Lara Downes, piano

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Centennial Hall, 1020 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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“Song of America: Beyond Liberty” illuminates and questions the role of core American values such as freedom and brotherhood, and it engages how these values have shaped the course of American culture. By pairing music, poetry, rhetoric, and history, the beloved American baritone Thomas Hampson introduces us to his unique examination of Americana. This evening-length work explores the influential people, poetry, and events that helped create and define “the land of the free.” Presented by UA Presents More Information &…

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“Killer ‘B’s: American Song from Amy Beach to the Beach Boys” New York Festival of Song

Thursday, January 30, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Crowder Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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For the Tucson Desert Song Festival, the New York Festival of Song crew returns with multiple vocalists, pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, and a program called Killer ‘B’s—dynamite art songs by American composers whose names begin with B. The lineup includes Irving Berlin, Amy Beach, Harry Burleigh, Marc Blitzstein, William Bolcom, Eubie Blake, Jason Robert Brown, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, and, yes, the Beach Boys. Presented by Arizona Friends of Chamber Music More Information & Tickets

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Recital: Matthew Polenzani, tenor, and Christopher Cano, piano

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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The American lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani, renowned for his romantic, honeyed tone, is widely recognized as one of the great tenors of our time. He has been honored with the Richard Tucker Award, the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Artist Award and most recently the 2017 Opera News Award. He joins pianist Christopher Cano, Head of Arizona Opera's Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio for this special recital. More Information & Tickets

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“Made in America:” with Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright

Friday, January 31, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ 85709 United States
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Ballet Tucson joins the festival with their winter concert. The program presents George Balanchine's Serenade, the premiere of Chieko Imada's Unsquare, and the premiere of Mark Schneider's Recollections. The last work will feature turn of the century American popular songs  performed live by Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright. Presented by Ballet Tucson More Information & Tickets

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February 2020

“Made in America:” with Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ 85709 United States
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Ballet Tucson joins the festival with their winter concert. The program presents George Balanchine's Serenade, the premiere of Chieko Imada's Unsquare, and the premiere of Mark Schneider's Recollections. The last work will feature turn of the century American popular songs  performed live by Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright. Presented by Ballet Tucson More Information & Tickets

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“La Bohéme” with Ellie Dehn as Mimi and Mario Chang as Rodolfo

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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To be an aspiring artist in 1830s Paris was to be poor—but happy. When Mimì enters the poet Rodolfo’s apartment in search of a flame to light her candle, the pair ignites a romance that burns brilliantly through the ages. The passion and struggle of Rodolfo and his fellow bohemians come to life in Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, one of opera’s most popular and engaging stories. La Bohème will thrill you with its sweeping melodies and its dramatic love story. Presented…

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“Made in America:” with Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright

Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ 85709 United States
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Ballet Tucson joins the festival with their winter concert. The program presents George Balanchine's Serenade, the premiere of Chieko Imada's Unsquare, and the premiere of Mark Schneider's Recollections. The last work will feature turn of the century American popular songs  performed live by Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright. Presented by Ballet Tucson More Information & Tickets

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“Made in America:” with Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright

Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm
Pima Community College Center for the Arts, 2202 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ 85709 United States
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Ballet Tucson joins the festival with their winter concert. The program presents George Balanchine's Serenade, the premiere of Chieko Imada's Unsquare, and the premiere of Mark Schneider's Recollections. The last work will feature turn of the century American popular songs  performed live by Katherine Byrnes and Rob Wright. Presented by Ballet Tucson More Information & Tickets

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“La Bohéme” with Julie Adams as Mimi and Yongzhao Yu as Rodolfo

Sunday, February 2, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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To be an aspiring artist in 1830s Paris was to be poor—but happy. When Mimì enters the poet Rodolfo’s apartment in search of a flame to light her candle, the pair ignites a romance that burns brilliantly through the ages. The passion and struggle of Rodolfo and his fellow bohemians come to life in Puccini’s timeless masterpiece, one of opera’s most popular and engaging stories. La Bohème will thrill you with its sweeping melodies and its dramatic love story. Presented…

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Renée Fleming, soprano, in concert

Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Superstar soprano Renée Fleming, whose accomplishments range from headlining the Metropolitan Opera Gala to winning a Tony for her performance in a Broadway revival of Carousel–and who has sung The Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl and Danny Boy at John McCain’s memorial service–joins the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for a jubilant festival finale. Presented by Tucson Symphony Orchestra More Information & Tickets

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God Dress America! An Evening of Drag and Bizarre Historical Fashion Trends with Tempest Dejour

Thursday, February 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Temple of Music and Arts, 330 S Scott Ave
Tucson, 85701 United States
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Presented by Arizona Theater Company More Information & Tickets

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God Dress America! An Evening of Drag and Bizarre Historical Fashion Trends with Tempest Dejour

Friday, February 7, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
Temple of Music and Arts, 330 S Scott Ave
Tucson, 85701 United States
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On Stage with Liz Callaway

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Get ready for a taste of Cabaret, a slice of Broadway, the gusto of George Gershwin, and the elegance of Steven Sondheim. You will be swept away by the songbird that is Liz Callaway. A long-time friend and guest artist for UA Dance, Callaway will once more perform with the UA Dance Ensemble in selected numbers during the second half of a show that will include Michael Williams’ Bon Appetite and the very profound and final work that David Berkey…

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On Stage with Liz Callaway

Friday, February 14, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Get ready for a taste of Cabaret, a slice of Broadway, the gusto of George Gershwin, and the elegance of Steven Sondheim. You will be swept away by the songbird that is Liz Callaway. A long-time friend and guest artist for UA Dance, Callaway will once more perform with the UA Dance Ensemble in selected numbers during the second half of a show that will include Michael Williams’ Bon Appetite and the very profound and final work that David Berkey…

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On Stage with Liz Callaway

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Get ready for a taste of Cabaret, a slice of Broadway, the gusto of George Gershwin, and the elegance of Steven Sondheim. You will be swept away by the songbird that is Liz Callaway. A long-time friend and guest artist for UA Dance, Callaway will once more perform with the UA Dance Ensemble in selected numbers during the second half of a show that will include Michael Williams’ Bon Appetite and the very profound and final work that David Berkey…

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On Stage with Liz Callaway

Saturday, February 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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On Stage with Liz Callaway

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 1:30 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Get ready for a taste of Cabaret, a slice of Broadway, the gusto of George Gershwin, and the elegance of Steven Sondheim. You will be swept away by the songbird that is Liz Callaway. A long-time friend and guest artist for UA Dance, Callaway will once more perform with the UA Dance Ensemble in selected numbers during the second half of a show that will include Michael Williams’ Bon Appetite and the very profound and final work that David Berkey…

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On Stage with Liz Callaway

Sunday, February 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Get ready for a taste of Cabaret, a slice of Broadway, the gusto of George Gershwin, and the elegance of Steven Sondheim. You will be swept away by the songbird that is Liz Callaway. A long-time friend and guest artist for UA Dance, Callaway will once more perform with the UA Dance Ensemble in selected numbers during the second half of a show that will include Michael Williams’ Bon Appetite and the very profound and final work that David Berkey…

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