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DIRECTOR’S NOTES: Festival Summary 2019
What a wonderful journey it has been! On February 6, we completed the 24th and final event of the 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival.
Our Latin theme served us well—it was flexible enough to allow for a variety of music and artists, but focused enough to draw attention from the Star and other important publications.
BY THE NUMBERS
• 24 events over 21 days;
• 5 Sold out events, with many others near capacity;
• 4 master classes with 4 true masters of their craft;
• 2 new partners: the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, and AZOpera League of Tucson;
• 10 articles in the Arizona Daily Star– more and with placement better than any major
Tucson arts organization has had in years!
• Bobby McFerrin—especially the moment when our Artist in Residence Arturo Chacón- Cruz’s gorgeous tenor voice rang through the audience singalong and stopped the show;
• Reception at the Mexican Consulate—a true moment celebrating the cultural bridges being built by TDSF;
• Arturo’s residency, with inspirational visits to Tucson schools;
• Premier of Scenes from Llantos 1492, the first-ever Flamenco Opera;
• Ballet Tucson and Tucson Guitar Society collaboration Viva Piazzolla!—a great example of the synergy our festival generates!
• TDSF’s website now has a fully Spanish side, making our festival a leader among arts organizations.
• A new, focused category for supporting TDSF: Jim and Fran Allen stepped up to support TDSF’s relationship with Ballet Tucson for the next three years, helping us to create a new category of sponsorship: The TDSF Partnership Sponsors. We hope to expand this category for future festivals;
• The TDSF Wes Green Composer Project, with works from Richard Danielpour (2020) and Jake Heggie (2021);
• Expanding outreach into the community—the Artist in Residence program visiting schools, and Julia Pernet’s new production “Platero y Yo” for youngsters, debuting February 6 at Pueblo High School and booking now into the future;
• 2020 will feature American voices and music, and some exciting stars! Dates are expected to be January 15 through February 6.
Special thanks to Emily Hansen, for her remarkable work on one of the finest marketing and PR plans ever; Andrea Crane, for pulling together the Consulate reception while juggling checks and finances; Susan Aceto for her work on the Preview Concerts and education; Julia Pernet for her leadership and work on cutting-edge projects; and Kathy Acosta Zovala for an incredible job keeping things running.
We also thank newer donors Dietmar and Elizabeth Gonzales Gann for a leadership gift for the 2019 Latin festival; Jill and Herschel Rosensweig for their Artist in Residence sponsorship; Wesley Green and Jim and Fran Allen for forward-looking gifts.
To all board members, we thank you for your support and devotion to TDSF. The Festival exists thanks to your vision and generosity.
A special thanks to Dorothy Vanek for her long term support of TDSF!
And lastly, a special thanks to Jeannette Segel for her generous support and tireless work for TDSF.
I am proud and grateful to have the opportunity to be associated with this outstanding organization. Stay tuned for exciting details for 2020!
George Hanson Festival Director