Directors Notes

Ailyn Pérez Postpones All Her Tucson Events

Posted Jan 03, 2022

Soprano Ailyn Pérez has postponed all her appearances during the Tucson Desert Song Festival over concerns about travel and performance during the Covid-19 surge. Her recital, scheduled for Jan. 9, and educational outreach efforts are being delayed to dates …

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Tucson Desert Song Festival 2022 Press Release

Posted Oct 22, 2021

October 22, 2021


Tucson Desert Song Festival Announces 10th Anniversary Season

Susan Graham, Ailyn Pérez, Sasha Cooke, Susanna Phillips, Nicole Cabell, Vanessa Vasquez, Diane Reeves and Ann …

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Opening concerts reviewed

Posted Jan 23, 2022

Here is Cathalena Burch’s enthusiastic review of the first two concerts in this year’s festival, including a welcome for our latest commission, Jennifer Higdon’s Summer Music.

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True Concord’s January concerts postponed

Posted Jan 07, 2022

In light of the recent surge in COVID-19 omicron variant cases around the country and in consideration of the fact that many of our artists travel from outside Arizona, True Concord’s board has made the difficult decision to postpone its January 28-30, 2022 …

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Grammy Nomination for Jamie Barton and Jake Heggie

Posted Dec 02, 2021

One of the true highlights of the covid-afflicted 2021 Tucson Desert Song Festival was the premiere of Jake Heggie’s song cycle What I Miss the Most, commissioned especially for the festival, and performed by soprano Jamie Barton and the …

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Tucson Desert Song Festival 2021 Press Release

Posted Jun 29, 2020

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 …

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2021 Festival Postcard

Posted May 24, 2020


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Tucson Desert Songfest Newsletter

Posted Nov 21, 2019

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 …

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Press Release

Posted Jun 14, 2019

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!

Tucson Desert Song Festival …

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Tenor Arturo Chacon Cruz with Fruchthendler’s kindergartners

Posted Feb 08, 2019

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