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August 2018 Press Release

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New Partnerships with the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson and Arizona Opera League
Artist in Residence:  Arturo Chacón-Cruz

The Tucson Desert Song Festival has engaged world-renowned Mexican tenor Arturo Chacón-Cruz to serve as Artist in Residence for the seventh annual Tucson Desert Song Festival.

Chacón-Cruz, protégé of Plácido Domingo, is regarded as the leading Mexican operatic tenor of his generation.  Born and raised in Sonora, Arturo performs regularly at the world’s most important opera houses, including San Francisco, Vienna, Paris and Hamburg.

During his residency in Tucson, Mr. Chacón-Cruz will visit schools, speak with music students and have a visible and inspiring presence in the community.

Mr. Chacón-Cruz will present a solo recital with works ranging from opera to Mexican song to tango:  Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00 p.m., Holsclaw Hall, U.A. Fred Fox School of Music.

The recital will be presented by the Tucson Desert Song Festival and the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, in partnership with the Arizona Opera League of Tucson and Arizona Opera.

“Arturo possesses a powerful voice and an engaging personality; he is the ideal artist for our first collaboration with TDSF,” said Tucson League President Ingrid Miller.

“Arizona Opera is very pleased that the Tucson League is joining forces with TDSF as part of our ongoing relationship with the Festival,” said Joe Specter, President and General Director of Arizona Opera.  “Arturo is an incredibly fine tenor of international caliber, with a special affinity for the Italian repertoire. I am sure that Tucson audiences will enjoy this recital.”

“The Consulate of Mexico in Tucson is honored to be partnering for the first time with TDSF and expand its collaboration in cultural activities with the Arizona Opera League of Tucson and Arizona Opera. Arturo Chacón-Cruz is one of the world’s greatest talents in the opera field,” said Enrique Alfonso Gómez Montiel, Deputy Consul for Mexico in Tucson.

Tickets: https://tickets.azopera.org/single/SelectSeating.aspx?p=9929

Arturo’s Biography: http://arturochaconcruz.com/about-arturo/biography/

New Concerts added for the 2019 Festival

Corinne Winters, considered a “rock star” in the rarified world of operatic sopranos, joins True Concord Voices and Orchestra for performances of Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, with TDSF partner guitarist Adam del Monte.

Ms. Winters has graced the stages of Covent Garden, the English National Opera, Washington National Opera and many others.  This season she joins conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestras for performances of Verdi’s Requiem in Wroclaw, London, Pisa, Lucerne, Vienna, Budapest, Munich, Luxembourg and Amsterdam.

“We are thrilled to bring Corinne Winters to Tucson with TDSF,” said Eric Holtan, Music Director and Conductor of True Concord Voices and Orchestra.  “She is truly among the finest sopranos on the world stage today.”

Ms. Winters’ performances with True Concord:

Friday, January 18, 7:00 p.m., Saint Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church;

Saturday, January 19, 7:30 p.m., Catalina Foothills High School;

Sunday, January 20, 3:00 p.m., Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

True Concord will also present Ms. Winters in a solo recital:

Tuesday, January 22, 7 p.m. Holsclaw Hall, U.A. Fred Fox School of Music

The program will include Les Nuits d’été by Hector Berlioz, and popular opera arias.

For future ticket availability, go to: http://www.trueconcord.org

Corinne’s biography:  http://corinnewinters.com/bio/

Events added for the 2019 Festival

TDSF continues to broaden festival offerings for 2019:

Wednesday, January 16, 5:00 p.m., Holsclaw Hall, U.A. Fred Fox School of Music:

“Canciones Españolas:  The Flavor of Spanish Art Song”

Hosted by Kristin Dauphinais, this Festival opening event is an opportunity to hear several wonderful young singers and enhance your understanding of the Spanish approach to art song.

Wednesday, January 23, 12:00 p.m., Holsclaw Hall, U.A. Fred Fox School of Music:

“New Directions in Song”

Fred Fox School of Music vocal students, along with host Kristin Dauphinais, will present a look at what’s happening in today’s world of song, and examine Latin influences.

Monday, January 28, 7:00 p.m., Tucson Jewish Community Center:

Panel Discussion: “What is Latin Style?”

Festival Director George Hanson will lead a discussion with a distinguished panel of guests including TSO Music Director Jose Luis Gomez, composer Dan Asia and Israeli guitarist and composer Adam del Monte.  Tango, Zarzuela and the Jewish “Ladino” experience will be part of the conversation.  Performances of various Latin songs will round out this event.

The Tucson Desert Song Festival is a collaborative venture, partnering with Tucson’s finest performing arts organizations to bring great singing and great singers to Tucson.  It takes place annually in January and February.  For more information, visit TucsonSongFest.org or contact:

Emily Hansen, TDSF Public Relations: emilyh@copenhagenliving.com

George Hanson, Festival Director: GHanson@TucsonSongFest.org or 520-906-0925.

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