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  1. Tucson Desert Song Festival 2021 Press Release

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    Tucson Desert Song Festival
    For Immediate Release:
    June 30, 2020

    Jamie Barton, Corinne Winters, Erin Wall, Artist-in-Residence Bryan Hymel and a World Premiere by Composer Jake Heggie headline the Ninth Annual Tucson Desert Song Festival: “Songs of Love.”

    The Tucson Desert Song Festival brings an extraordinary lineup of renowned vocal stars and the premiere of a TDSF commissioned work by one of the world’s most important opera composers for the ninth annual winter festival, January 15 to February 12, 2021, in beautiful, warm, sunny Tucson. The festival’s theme, “Songs of Love,” will celebrate and explore the relationship between music and our most profound emotion.

    “The ability of the human voice through music to connect us to our feelings is perhaps the most compelling aspect of our art form,” said Festival Coordinator George Hanson. “Music connects us to each other. This is a powerful and important message, especially today.”

    “The vision from the founding of our festival was to bring the world’s greatest vocal talent to Tucson, creating a cultural destination rivaling great venues like the Santa Fe Opera. We have made great strides toward that goal,” said late festival founder Jack Forsythe, whom we lost earlier this year to cancer.

    TDSF Board President and Festival Sponsor Jeannette Segel said, “Jack has left a remarkable, unique legacy in creating TDSF. Part of our mission now is to honor his contribution to the cultural life of Tucson. The 2021 festival is dedicated to his memory.

    The 2021 festival will feature the world premiere of a song cycle by Jake Heggie, considered by many to be the most important opera composer of his generation. Heggie’s works have been produced on the most celebrated stages of the world. His opera Dead Man Walking will be performed at the Metropolitan Opera, opening just weeks after his appearances in Tucson. Mr. Heggie will accompany renowned mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton in a recital on February 4 in a program that includes his new song cycle.

    “Commissioning a work from a composer like Jake Heggie makes an enduring contribution to the art song repertoire, and draws international attention to TDSF and Tucson as a cultural center and destination,” said Festival Coordinator George Hanson. “With thanks to Wesley Green, sponsor of the commissioning project, we expect to make a newly commissioned work part of our festival on an ongoing basis.”

    Among the festival’s highlights:

    • Known for her “white-hot intensity and consummate control” (BBC), soprano Corinne Winters returns to Tucson for a recital and a series of performances in concert with True Concord Voices and Orchestra entitled “The Trailblazers,” focusing on the works and lives of women composers. A new work by Jocelyn Hagen commemorating the centenary of U.S. women’s suffrage takes center stage.
    • Soprano Erin Wall takes the stage with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and conductor José Luis Gomez in two iconic works for voice and orchestra: Samuel Barber’s “Knoxville: Summer 1915” and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Ms. Wall has appeared in leading roles with the world’s first rank of opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Staatsoper, La Scala and Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has performed with the Vienna Philharmonic and Chicago Symphony Orchestras.
    • TDSF Artist-in-Residence Bryan Hymel is a tenor known for both his vocal power and musical subtlety. A favorite at London’s Royal Opera and other major houses around the world, Mr. Hymel’s powerful vocal presence can be felt up close and personal when he appears in a recital presented by Arizona Opera as the closing event of 2021’s festival.

    What

    Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates Songs of Love

    When

    January 15 to February 12, 2020
    See below for full schedule, or visit TucsonSongFest.org.

    Where

    Concerts take place in multiple venues around Tucson:

    • Tucson Music Hall
    • Crowder Hall, University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
    • Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
    • Centennial Hall, University of Arizona Campus
    • Pima Community College Center for the Arts
    • Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium
    • Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    • St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, Green Valley
    • Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley

    Cost/Admission

    Each TDSF partner assigns prices to its events.
    Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.
    Visit TucsonSongFest.org for more information.

    FOR COMPLETE CALENDAR OF EVENTS VISIT:

    https://tucsondesertsongfestival.org/events/

    Contacts
    Emily Hansen, TDSF Public Relations
    eqhansen@alumni.princeton.edu

    George Hanson, Festival Coordinator
    ghanson@tucsonsongfest.org

    Related Websites
    TucsonSongFest.org

  2. Tucson Desert Songfest Newsletter

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    Is there a uniquely American musical “voice?” This year TDSF will explore the question.

    It’s difficult to imagine any musical culture more diverse than ours. Latin rhythms mixed with Caribbean styles which originated in Africa led to what we now call “Jazz,” a label that encompasses almost an infinite number of sub-genres. Europeans brought their own styles, and America became a true musical melting pot.

    On the classical side, composers like Aaron Copland set out to define a true American “voice”: using simple harmonies to represent the straightforwardness of frontier Americans, and melodies with big jumps to symbolize the breadth of America’s geography, Copland created a sound that is instantly recognizable. Gershwin and Bernstein broke down barriers between classical and popular music-barriers which the Europeans still struggle with today.

    This year marks the first in TDSF’s series of composer commissions. American composer Richard Danielpour has written a stunning set of songs based on ancient Persian texts, to be sung by Israeli soprano Hila Plitmann. This is the sort of diverse project that truly represents the American musical voice.

    TDSF’s 2020 roster of artists is the most stellar in our history. With American icons like Renée Fleming and Thomas Hampson, and rising stars like Italian soprano Federica Lombardi, Tucson will be the cultural destination for lovers of great singing. I hope to see you there!

    George Hanson

  3. Press Release

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    Tucson Desert Song Festival

    For Immediate Release:
    Friday, June 14, 2019

    Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Matthew Polenzani, Ian Bostridge, and Morris Robinson headline Tucson Desert Song Festival 2020
    Celebration of the American Voice!

    What
    Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates the American Voice

    When
    January 15 to February 6, 2020

    See below for full schedule, or visit TucsonSongFest.org

    Where

    Concerts take place in different venues around Tucson:

    • Tucson Music Hall
    • Crowder Hall, University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
    • Holsclaw Hall, University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
    • Centennial Hall, University of Arizona Campus
    • Pima Community College Center for the Arts
    • Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium
    • Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
    • St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, Green Valley
    • Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley

    Cost/Admission
    Each TDSF partner assigns prices to its event.
    Visit tucsondesertsongfestival.org for more information.

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

    George Hanson, Festival Coordinator
    ghanson@tucsonsongfest.org

    Related Websites
    TucsonSongFest.org

    The eighth annual Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan. 16-Feb. 6, 2020, celebrates the American voice with a gathering of world-renowned classical singers exploring the colors, rhythms and melodies of America’s rich and complex musical character. Richard Danielpour will be the festival’s Artist-in-Residence.

    Ten of Tucson’s leading performing arts organizations explore America in music with such leading vocal artists as Renée Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Ian Bostridge and Matthew Polenzani, Morris Robinson, and Reginald Mobley.

    Says Festival Coordinator George Hanson, “TDSF is thrilled to bring to Tucson its biggest lineup of major vocal stars in the history of the Festival. TDSF’s international reputation has been growing, both in reach and in profile; this makes it possible for us to attract the world’s biggest names in the world’s vocal arts scene.”

    Regarding the 2020 festival’s theme, Hanson says, “America’s singers and composers bring a special perspective to their art— a particular blend of influences from the world’s diverse cultures. This year’s Festival celebrates that special American ‘voice,’ an American perspective that brings together many voices. American composer Richard Danielpour incorporates ancient Persian poetry in a set of songs of life, death and love; American baritone Thomas Hampson brings a program of American vocal music spanning much of the country’s history; other artists bring their own take on America’s diverse, yet unique, musical voice.”

    Among the festival’s highlights:

    • Richard Danielpour, one of America’s most important composers, is the first to be commissioned through the Wesley Green TDSF Composer Project. Danielpour has written a set of songs based on ancient Persian texts: Songs of Love and Loss (Five Songs on Poems of Rumi) for his friend, renowned Israeli soprano Hila Plitmann. This concert will be part of Danielpour’s Artist-in-Residence engagement, along with a composing seminar and outreach activities.
    • 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.
    • Arizona Opera presents American lyric tenor Matthew Polenzani, renowned for his romantic, honeyed tone, and widely recognized as one of the great tenors of our time. He joins pianist Christopher Cano, head of Arizona Opera’s Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio, for a special recital.
    • For UA Presents, beloved baritone Thomas Hampson performs the American Songbook and explores the influential people and monumental events that helped create and define “the land of the free.” Illuminating and questioning the role of core American values such as freedom and brotherhood, Song of America: Beyond Liberty takes the audience through centuries of songs and includes personal anecdotes and historical monologues along with readings of American poetry.
    • Aaron Copland’s Old American Songs, timeless songs by Stephen Foster, and spirituals performed by African American bass Morris Robinson demonstrate how brilliant artists gave a sound to a nation, and explore how individuals have influenced this nation through song, in concert with True Concord Voices & Orchestra.
    • Renowned British tenor and 15-time Grammy nominee Ian Bostridge is joined by his guitar colleague from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Xuefei Yang, in a recital presented by the Tucson Guitar Society. Each will also teach a master class at the Fred Fox School of Music.
    • The Arizona Early Music Society embarks on a musical voyage to the Americas, featuring star countertenor Reginald Mobley with the San Francisco-based string ensemble Agave Baroque.
    • 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.
    • Four singers from the New York Festival of Song bring to the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music a concert called Killer “B”s–American Song from Amy Beach to the Beach Boys. The hopes, joys and struggles of 20th-century Americans, from the working class to the patrician blue bloods, are told entirely by composers whose last names begin with B, including Berlin, Bernstein, Blitzstein, Bolcom, Barber, Beach and, yes, the Beach Boys.

    Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.

     

    SCHEDULE & PROGRAM:

     

    Wednesday, January 15

    Opening Lecture:“Art Song in America”
    Presented by Professor Kristin Dauphinais
    7:00 p.m. (Holsclaw Hall), Free event
    https://music.arizona.edu/

    Friday, January 17
    “Composer’s Concert: Richard Danielpour’s Songs of Love and Loss”
    7:00 p.m. (Holsclaw Hall)
    https://music.arizona.edu/

    Sunday, January 19
    Agave Baroque and Reginald Mobley, countertenor: “American Originals”
    3:00 p.m. (Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church)
    https://azearlymusic.org/

     

    Wednesday, January 22
    Lecture: “New Directions in Song”
    Hosted by Professor Kristin Dauphinais
    12:00-1:00 p.m. (Holsclaw Hall), Free event
    https://music.arizona.edu/

    Ian Bostridge, tenor, and Xuefei Yang, guitar, in recital
    7:00 p.m. (Holsclaw Hall)
    http://tucsonguitarsociety.org/

    Thursday, January 23
    Masterclass, voice: Ian Bostridge
    10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Holsclaw Hall), Free event

    Masterclass, guitar: Xuefei Yang
    10 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Crowder Hall), Free event

    Friday, January 24
    “America Sings!”
    Featuring Morris Robinson, bass
    7:00 p.m. (St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, Green Valley)
    https://www.trueconcord.org/

    “Windows into Song”
    Featuring Federica Lombardi, soprano
    7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    http://www.tucsonsymphony.org/

    Saturday, January 25
    “America Sings!”
    Featuring Morris Robinson, bass
    7:30 p.m. (Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium)
    https://www.trueconcord.org/

    Sunday, January 26
    “Windows into Song”
    Featuring Federica Lombardi, soprano
    2:00 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    http://www.tucsonsymphony.org/

     “America Sings!”
    Featuring Morris Robinson, bass
    3:00 p.m. (Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church)
    https://www.trueconcord.org/

    “Festival of Hymns”
    Featuring Kevin Hildebrand, organist and composer, with LCRS Choir and instrumentalists.
    3:00 p.m. (Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley; Free will)
    https://risen-savior.com/

    Tuesday, January 28
    “Song of America: Beyond Liberty”
    Featuring Thomas Hampson, baritone, and Lara Downes, piano
    7:30 p.m. (Centennial Hall)
    http://uapresents.org/

    Thursday, January 30
    Killer B’s” – New York Festival of Song in concert
    7:30 p.m. (Crowder Hall)
    https://arizonachambermusic.org/

    Friday, January 31
    Matthew Polenzani in recital
    7:00 p.m. (Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music)
    https://www.azopera.org/

    “Made in America”
    7:30 p.m. (PCC Center for the Arts)
    https://www.ballettucson.org/

    Saturday, February 1
    “Made in America”
    2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (PCC Center for the Arts)
    https://www.ballettucson.org/

    La Bohème”
    Featuring Ellie Dehn, soprano, as Mimi and Mario Chang, tenor, as Rodolfo
    7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    https://www.azopera.org/

    Sunday, February 2
    “Made in America”
    1:00 p.m. (PCC Center for the Arts)
    https://www.ballettucson.org/

    “La Bohème”
    Featuring Julie Adams, soprano, as Mimi and Yongzhao Yu, tenor, as Rodolfo
    2:00 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    https://www.azopera.org/

    Thursday, February 6
    Renée Fleming in concert
    7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    http://www.tucsonsymphony.org/

  4. REVIEW: Ana Maria Martinez Recital

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    We had an incredible Broadway Word Review article written. Below is an excerpt, and you can read the entire article at the bottom:

    On February 5, 2019, The Tucson Desert Song Festival and the University of Arizona (UA) presented a recital of Spanish language art songs by soprano Ana María Martínez and pianist Craig Terry in Crowder Hall. The songs, from Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and Puerto Rico were appropriate to the Puerto Rican soprano and to the Tucson public, which comes from various Spanish-speaking areas. Crowder is the larger of the halls at UA and its size was appropriate to the public commanded by Martínez. She opened with Joaquin Rodrígo’s Four Love Madrigals: ¿Con qué la Lavaré? (With What Should I Wash?), Vos me metásteis (You Killed Me), ¿De dónde venís, Amore? (Where Do You Come from, Love?), and De los álamos vengo, madre (I Come from the Poplar Trees, Mother).

    She wore a bright red tucked silk fitted gown that showed her slim figure and proved that singers don’t have to be plump to have dramatic voices. Accompanied by virtuoso collaborative pianist Craig Terry, she sang first of pain and sad love affairs with drama in her tones. The last two songs are happier, however, and in them she told of the joys of newly found love with perfectly placed coloratura and phrases that ended in glorious pianissimi as virtuoso collaborative pianist Craig Terry played well-articulated intricate lines underneath her dulcet tones.

     

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  5. Arturo Chacón Cruz Visits Manzo Elementary

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    World renowned opera tenor Arturo Chacón Cruz visited Manzo Elementary. He received a student led tour of the school and he also held a short concert in an effort to expose kids to the arts.

    Arturo Chacón Cruz, tenor de ópera de renombre mundial, hizo una visita a la escuela primaria Manzo Elementary. Recibió una gira guiada por los estudiantes de la escuela y también realizó un breve concierto en un esfuerzo por exponer a los niños a las artes.

  6. August 2018 Press Release

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    TUCSON DESERT SONG FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AND ADDED EVENTS/ARTISTS FOR 2019

    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.

  7. 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival Press Release

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    Ana María Martínez, Bobby McFerrin and Kristin Chenoweth headline a stellar
    Tucson Desert Song Festival 2019 Latin Celebration!

    What

    2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival: Latin

    When

    January 15 to February 5, 2019

    See below for full schedule, or visit TucsonSongFest.org

    Where

    Concerts take place in different venues around Tucson:
    Tucson Music Hall
    Leo Rich Theater
    Fox Tucson Theatre
    Pima Community College Center for the Arts
    Crowder Hall, Fred Fox School of Music
    Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music
    Catalina Foothills High School Theatre
    Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

    Cost/Admission

    Each TDSF partner assigns prices to its event.
    Visit tucsondesertsongfestival.org for more information.

    Contacts

    George Hanson, Festival Director
    ghanson@tucsonsongfest.org

    Latin American and Spanish music saturate the 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan. 15-Feb. 5, with nine local organizations welcoming such major guest artists as Grammy Award-winning Ana María Martínez, Jessica Rivera and Bobby McFerrin, and Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth. Programming stretches from the Spanish Baroque through romantic opera and classical song to tango, jazz and Broadway.

    “The Latin theme is such a natural for Tucson,” said Festival Director George Hanson. “Our festival uses broad themes to tie together a wide variety of performing groups and repertoire. You will hear vocal stars of the opera stage, as well as Broadway and jazz— Latin singers, Latin composers, and the chance to learn what really makes up the many facets of Latin style.”

    Ebullient Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth launches the festival in a special, one-night performance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The True Concord choir and chamber players will dominate the festival’s first weekend, with three performances of Latin American choral music. For high contrast, the Tucson Jazz Festival will feature a special concert by innovative vocalist Bobby McFerrin (whose father, incidentally, was an operatic baritone, the first African American man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera).

    The following weekend, the Arizona Early Music Society hosts soprano Nell Snaidas, who got her start in Spanish zarzuelas but now concentrates on Italian and Spanish Baroque music. She will collaborate with Chatham Baroque on an afternoon of early Spanish music. Mid-week, the Fred Fox School of Music presents scenes from Llantos 1492, the world’s first flamenco opera by composer and guitarist Adam del Monte. This concert version features five singers; Roberto Perlas Gomez, Bernardo Bermudez, Clara Rodriguez, Jose Cortes, Shana Blake Hill, and a piano reduction of the score with  Mercedes Juan Musotto (piano) and Adam del Monte (guitar).

    The extended, performance-packed third weekend includes soprano Jessica Rivera, cellist Antonio Lysy and friends (including tango dancers) in Lysy’s multimedia show, Te Amo, Argentina, courtesy of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. The concert includes classical vocal and instrumental works, and tangos by such Argentine masters as Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel. Piazzolla is also the focus of a three-performance collaboration between Ballet Tucson and the Tucson Guitar Society titled Viva Piazzolla!

    Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved La Traviata is an opera written by an Italian and set in France, but its Latino contribution to the festival in an Arizona Opera production is its two up-and-coming lead singers, Vanessa Vasquez and Daniel Montenegro as the lovers Violetta and Alfredo. Daniel Sutin also joins the cast as Alfredo’s stern yet compassionate father.

    The festival closes with a UA Presents solo recital by one of today’s foremost sopranos, Ana María Martínez. The Puerto Rican singer dominates international opera houses in all the major Verdi and Puccini roles, but she has also widely performed and recorded Spanish music on her own and with Plácido Domingo.

    Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.

    SCHEDULE & PROGRAM:

    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Fox Tucson Theatre) 
    Tucson Jazz Festival: All-Women Double Bill: Magos Herrera and her Quartet, and Jane Bunnett and Maqueque.
    http://tucsonjazzfestival.org

    Thursday, January 17, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    Tucson Symphony Orchestra: Kristin Chenoweth in concert
    http://tucsonsymphony.org

    Friday, January 18, 2019
    7:00 p.m. (St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, Green Valley)
    True Concord: Choral Music of Latin America
    http://www.trueconcord.org

    Saturday, January 19, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Catalina Foothills High School)
    True Concord: Choral Music of Latin America
    http://www.trueconcord.org

    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    3:00 p.m. (Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church)
    True Concord: Choral Music of Latin America
    http://www.trueconcord.org

    Sunday, January 20, 2019
    TBD (Fox Tucson Theatre)
    Tucson Jazz Festival: Bobby McFerrin in concert
    http://tucsonjazzfestival.org

    Sunday, January 27, 2019
    3:00 p.m. (Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church)
    Arizona Early Music Society: Nell Snaidas and Chatham Baroque: Repertorio Español
    http://www.azearlymusic.org
    https://www.nellsnaidas.com/about/

    Monday, January 28, 2019
    7:00 p.m. (Location TBD)
    Panel Discussion:  What is Latin Style?
    With Jose Luis Gomez and George Hanson

    Tuesday, January 29, 2019
    7:00 p.m. (Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music)
    Fred Fox School of Music: Steans Institute Singers
    http://music.arizona.edu/news-events/events/

    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Crowder Hall, Fred Fox School of Music)
    Fred Fox School of Music: Llantos 1492
    http://music.arizona.edu/news-events/events/

    Thursday, January 31, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Leo Rich Theatre)
    Arizona Friends of Chamber Music: Te Amo, Argentina
    https://arizonachambermusic.org

    Friday, February 1, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Pima Community College Center for the Arts)
    Ballet Tucson and Tucson Guitar Society: Viva Piazzolla!
    http://ballettucson.org
    http://tucsonguitarsociety.org

    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    2:00 p.m. (Pima Community College Center for the Arts)
    Ballet Tucson and Tucson Guitar Society: Viva Piazzolla!
    http://ballettucson.org
    http://tucsonguitarsociety.org

    Saturday, February 2, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    Arizona Opera: La Traviata
    https://www.azopera.org

    Sunday, February 3, 2019
    1:00 p.m. (Pima Community College Center for the Arts)
    Ballet Tucson and Tucson Guitar Society: Viva Piazzolla!
    http://ballettucson.org
    http://tucsonguitarsociety.org

    Sunday, February 3, 2019
    2:00 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)
    Arizona Opera: La Traviata
    https://www.azopera.org

    Tuesday, February 5, 2019
    7:30 p.m. (Crowder Hall, Fred Fox School of Music)
    UA Presents: Ana Maria Martínez in concert
    http://uapresents.org/ana-maria-martinez