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January 2018

Marana High School Choir: “Marana does Bernstein!” A student symposium and performance with George Hanson, TDSF Director

January 16 @ 10:30 am
Marana High School Auditorium, 12000 W Emigh Rd,
Tucson, AZ 85743 United States
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Free

George Hanson, TDSF Festival Director and former assistant to Leonard Bernstein, will talk with students about his experiences with the great Maestro.  Hanson will visit classes, conduct groups and provide input for the Choir’s performance of Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms under MHS Director of Choirs Sarah Ross. This event is free and open to the public.

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MASTER CLASS: Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, and Christopher Cano, piano

January 16 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Free

Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera Renowned mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano and pianist Christopher Cano coach gifted young singers through the intricacies of operatic arias and art song, working on technique and musical interpretation.

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OPENING EVENT: Leonard Bernstein’s Two Worlds: From Broadway to Opera

January 16 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Free

Presented in partnership with UA Fred Fox School of Music Kristin Dauphinais, host Leonard Bernstein blurred the lines between the classical genre and the contemporary world of musical theater and jazz. In this opening event, we will explore his synergistic compositional style and highlight classical singers from the Fred Fox School of Music and broadway-bound performers from the School of Theatre.

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Narrating Our Values – Kaddish

January 17 @ 11:00 am
Jewish History Museum, 564 S Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Session Three in a five-part series exploring the Jewish values represented in the museum's exhibitions. This panel will explore Kaddish, Jewish traditions of mourning and rememberence. This panel purposefully scheduled to take place in the days prior to the TSO production of Leonard Berstein's "Kaddish". Panelists Rabbi Yehunda Ceitlin Dr. Lew Hamburger George Hanson Amy Lederman

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Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano, and Christopher Cano, piano, in Recital

January 17 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$10 – $20

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera Jennifer Johnson Cano is a naturally gifted singer noted for her commanding stage presence and profound artistry with a warm, velvety timbre that has garnered critical acclaim. Ms. Cano joined The Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at The Metropolitan Opera after winning the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2008, and made her Met debut during the 2009-2010 season. As First Prize winner of the 2009 Young Concert Artist International Auditions, she…

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Diane Schuur Quartet Featuring Ernie Watts with the Bill Charlap Trio – “Somewhere”, The Songs of Leonard Bernstein: Tucson Jazz Festival

January 18 @ 7:30 pm
Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W Congress St
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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$35 – $90

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with Tucson Jazz Festival Bill Charlap Diane Schuur Quartet Featuring Ernie Watts/Bill Charlap Trio. One of the world's premiere jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed with many leading artists of our time, ranging from Phil Woods and Tony Bennett to Gerry Mulligan and Wynton Marsalis. He is known for his interpretations of American popular songs and has recorded albums featuring the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin. Time magazine wrote, "Bill Charlap…

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KADDISH SYMPHONY: Tucson Symphony Orchestra*

January 19 @ 7:30 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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$15 – $86

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra Kelley Nassief Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 Bernstein: Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish” TSO PREMIERE José Luis Gomez, conductor Kelley Nassief, soprano Jamie Bernstein, narrator Tucson Symphony Chorus* - Bruce Chamberlain, director Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus* - Julian Ackerley, director The Tucson Symphony and Tucson Desert Song Festival will observe the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in 2018 with the TSO Premiere of his Symphony No.…

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ON THE WATERFRONT: Tucson International Jewish Film Festival*

January 20 @ 7:30 pm
Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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$9

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Tucson International Jewish Film Festival Jamie introduces the film “On the Waterfront,” and discusses why it was her father’s favorite film score and how he approached the film composition process. After the showing, she will conduct a conversation with the audience.

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KADDISH SYMPHONY: Tucson Symphony Orchestra*

January 21 @ 2:00 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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$15 – $86

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra Kelley Nassief Beethoven: Overture to Fidelio Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No. 10 Bernstein: Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish” TSO PREMIERE José Luis Gomez, conductor Kelley Nassief, soprano Jamie Bernstein, narrator Tucson Symphony Chorus* - Bruce Chamberlain, director Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus* - Julian Ackerley, director The Tucson Symphony and Tucson Desert Song Festival will observe the 100th anniversary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth in 2018 with the TSO Premiere of his Symphony No.…

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Symposium: Leonard Bernstein’s Impact on American Music*

January 22 @ 4:30 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Room 146, 1017 N Olive Rd,
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Presented in partnership with Professor Dan Asia and UA Fred Fox School of Music Jamie Bernstein, TDSF Artist in Residence Daniel Asia, Professor of Music and Chair of the Composition Department; Matthew Mugmon, Assistant Professor of Music, and Gil Ribak, Assistant Professor at the Center for Judaic Studies Jamie Bernstein leads a discussion of her father’s influence and impact on American composers and musicians with composition students of Professor Dan Asia. Open to the public.

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Symposium: Leonard Bernstein’s Jewish Heritage*

January 22 @ 7:00 pm
Tucson Jewish Community Center, 3800 E River Rd
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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$5

Get Tickets Or call 520-299-3000 Presented in partnership with the Tucson International Jewish Film Festival and Tucson Jewish Community Center Jamie Bernstein, TDSF Artist in Residence, participates in a panel discussion surrounding Leonard Bernstein’s complex relationship with his Jewish faith and heritage. Other panel members are University of Arizona Faculty members: Daniel Asia, Professor of Music and Chair of the Composition Department; Matthew Mugmon, Assistant Professor of Music, and Gil Ribak, Assistant Professor at the Center for Judaic Studies George…

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CHITA RIVERA: UA Presents

January 23 @ 7:30 pm
Centennial Hall, 1020 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$20 – $65

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with UA Presents Chita Rivera Chita Rivera is more than a musical theatre star. She's a force of nature.” – Associated Press Come celebrate the one and only CHITA RIVERA in a unique solo concert event! The incomparable Tony Award winner will recreate signature moments from her legendary career including numbers from West Side Story; Sweet Charity; Chicago; Kiss of the Spider Woman; Bye, Bye, Birdie, The Rink and The Visit. In addition to a…

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New Directions in Art Song – Bernstein’s vocal influence

January 25 @ 12:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Free

Presented in partnership with UA Fred Fox School of Music Mezzo soprano and professor Kristin Dauphinais leads a discussion of Leonard Bernstein’s influence on American art song; students of the Fred Fox School of Music will perform.

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MASS: True Concord Voices and Orchestra

January 26 @ 7:30 pm
Centennial Hall, 1020 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$20 – $75

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with True Concord Voices & Orchestra Jubilant Sykes Leonard Bernstein: MASS Jubilant Sykes, Celebrant Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus – Julian Ackerley, director UA Dance Ensemble Perhaps no vocalist of our time possesses a more exquisitely versatile instrument than the Grammy nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes. Mr. Sykes brings a new dimension to the traditional career of the classically trained vocalist by drawing on gospel and jazz influences to deliver performances in differing musical genre that often…

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Pentimenti – Voltaire’s Candide: Arizona Early Music Society

January 27 @ 3:00 pm
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$25

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with Arizona Early Music Society Saturday, January 27, 2018, 3:00 pm Sunday January 28, 2018, 3:00 pm Kathryn Mueller, soprano Aaron Sheehan, tenor Twice imprisoned, widely traveled, and acquainted with the leading scientific and philosophical minds of his day, Voltaire led as storied a life as the hero of his most popular work, Candide. This program, titled “Voltaire’s Candide,” recounts the story of Voltaire’s life with readings from Candide and dramatic vocal and instrumental works…

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CANDIDE: Arizona Opera

January 27 @ 7:30 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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$25 – $120

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera Leonard Bernstein: CANDIDE Joseph Colaneri, conductor Christopher Mattaliano, director Miles Mykkanen, Candide Curt Olds, Pangloss Katrina Galka, Cunegonde Katherine Cook, The Old Lady Fast-paced, funny, and philosophical, Arizona Opera joins nationwide celebrations of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary with the company premiere of Candide. Based on the story by Voltaire, when the young man, Candide, sets off to explore the world after the loss of his fiancée, he and his companions are beset…

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CANDIDE: Arizona Opera

January 28 @ 2:00 pm
Tucson Music Hall, 260 S Church Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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$25 – $120

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera Leonard Bernstein: CANDIDE Joseph Colaneri, conductor Christopher Mattaliano, director Miles Mykkanen, Candide Curt Olds, Pangloss Katrina Galka, Cunegonde Katherine Cook, The Old Lady Fast-paced, funny, and philosophical, Arizona Opera joins nationwide celebrations of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary with the company premiere of Candide. Based on the story by Voltaire, when the young man, Candide, sets off to explore the world after the loss of his fiancée, he and his companions are beset…

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MASS: True Concord Voices & Orchestra

January 28 @ 3:00 pm
Centennial Hall, 1020 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$20 – $75

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with True Concord Voices & Orchestra Jubilant Sykes Leonard Bernstein: MASS Jubilant Sykes, Celebrant Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus – Julian Ackerley, director UA Dance Ensemble Perhaps no vocalist of our time possesses a more exquisitely versatile instrument than the Grammy nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes. Mr. Sykes brings a new dimension to the traditional career of the classically trained vocalist by drawing on gospel and jazz influences to deliver performances in differing musical genre that often…

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Pentimenti – Voltaire’s Candide: Arizona Early Music Society

January 28 @ 3:00 pm
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E Adams St
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$25

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with Arizona Early Music Society Saturday, January 27, 2018, 3:00 pm Sunday January 28, 2018, 3:00 pm Kathryn Mueller, soprano Aaron Sheehan, tenor Twice imprisoned, widely traveled, and acquainted with the leading scientific and philosophical minds of his day, Voltaire led as storied a life as the hero of his most popular work, Candide. This program, titled “Voltaire’s Candide,” recounts the story of Voltaire’s life with readings from Candide and dramatic vocal and instrumental works…

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Bernstein and Friends: Steans Institute Singers, with Kevin Murphy, Piano

January 29 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Presented in partnership with Ravinia's Steans Institute and UA Fred Fox School of Music The young singers of The Steans Institute at Ravinia are among the most talented future stars of the American opera and vocal scene. Here they take the stage to celebrate the songs of Leonard Bernstein, and the interplay - musical and personal - among his fellow composers and friends like Aaron Copland. Program BERNSTEIN Psalm 148 Two Love Songs from Mass I Go On from Songfest…

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Lisette Oropesa, with Michael Borowitz, Piano

January 30 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$10 – $20

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera Lisette Oropesa, soprano Michael Borowitz, piano Internationally renowned soprano Lisette Oropesa, and pianist Michael Borowitz, join the 2018 Tucson Desert Song Festival for a vocal recital in celebration of Bernstein's 100th birthday. Featured on the program will include songs by Bernstein, Mozart, Bizet, Saint-Saëns, and Bernstein contemporary, Samuel Barber. This eclectic and elegant showcase is not to be missed!

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MASTER CLASS: Lisette Oropesa, with Michael Borowitz, Piano

January 31 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Crowder Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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Presented in partnership with Arizona Opera Internationally renowned soprano Lisette Oropesa shares her musical insights with gifted young singers in a working session of performance and coaching.

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Bernstein Bash: Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and New York Festival of Song

January 31 @ 7:30 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Crowder Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$10 – $30

Get Tickets Presented in partnership with Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and New York Festival of Song 7:00pm wine and appetizer party, 7:30pm concert Leonard Bernstein: Arias and Barcarolles New York Festival of Song Steven Blier, Michael Barrett The hundredth anniversary of the birth of American musical polymath Leonard Bernstein is upon us, and, in collaboration with the Tucson Desert Song Festival, we proudly present emissaries from the New York Festival of Song, a center of exceptional, intimate vocalism, in…

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February 2018

Kelly Markgraf, bass-baritone Masterclass CANCELED

February 2 @ 2:00 pm
Tucson Symphony Orchestra, 2175 N 6th Ave,
Tucson, AZ 85705 United States
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Presented in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Bass-baritone Kelly Markgraf explores the vocal repertoire with talented young singers in a working session of performance and coaching.

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“Bernstein and Ballet” Featuring the music of WEST SIDE STORY: Ballet Tucson

February 2 @ 7:30 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$40 – $45

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Ballet Tucson Program: "A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein" (world premiere) A celebration in song and dance honoring Bernstein's 100th birthday featuring selections from Mass, On the Waterfront, West Side Story and more. Chieko Imada and Mary Beth Cabana have teamed up to create original choreography that weaves together Mr. Bernstein's music in a contemporary and unique fashion. Guest vocal artists Cadie Jordan and David Margulis (alumni of the prestigious Ravinia's Steans Music Institute) will…

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Tahiti for Two: Tucson Symphony Orchestra

February 2 @ 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N Paseo Del Norte
Tucson, AZ 85704 United States
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$22 – $55

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Sasha Cooke Kelly Markgraf Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot TSO PREMIERE Bernstein: Three Episodes from On the Town Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti TSO PREMIERE José Luis Gomez, conductor Sasha Cooke, mezzo soprano Kelly Markgraf, bass baritone University of Arizona Vocal Jazz Trio A program of musical theater opens with Shostakovich’s orchestration of a song from a Russian musical based on the tune, “Tea for Two” and continues with Bernstein dances from On the…

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“Bernstein and Ballet” Featuring the music of WEST SIDE STORY: Ballet Tucson

February 3 @ 2:00 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$40 – $45

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Ballet Tucson Program: "A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein" (world premiere) A celebration in song and dance honoring Bernstein's 100th birthday featuring selections from Mass, On the Waterfront, West Side Story and more. Chieko Imada and Mary Beth Cabana have teamed up to create original choreography that weaves together Mr. Bernstein's music in a contemporary and unique fashion. Guest vocal artists Cadie Jordan and David Margulis (alumni of the prestigious Ravinia's Steans Music Institute) will…

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Young Composers Showcase and Competition

February 3 @ 2:30 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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In what has become one of the most popular and dynamic events of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, young composers (grades K-12) take the stage to perform vocal works they themselves composed. Festival Director George Hanson interviews each composer for brief insights into their inspiration.

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Philippe Sly, bass-baritone, and John Charles Britton, guitar: Tucson Guitar Society

February 3 @ 7:00 pm
Fred Fox School of Music, Holsclaw Hall, 1017 N Olive Rd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$20 – $25

Buy Tickets   Presented in partnership with Tucson Guitar Society John Charles Britton John Charles Britton, a native of Fort Worth, TX, is a classical guitarist and vocal accompanist of the highest caliber. He studied with world-renowned guitarist Sérgio Assad at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he received a Professional Studies Diploma in the spring of 2013 as well as a master’s degree in the spring of 2012. John also holds an undergraduate degree from the Peabody Conservatory,…

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Tahiti For Two: Tucson Symphony Orchestra

February 3 @ 7:30 pm
Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E Sunrise Dr,
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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$22 – $55

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Sasha Cooke Kelly Markgraf Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot TSO PREMIERE Bernstein: Three Episodes from On the Town Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti TSO PREMIERE José Luis Gomez, conductor Sasha Cooke, mezzo soprano Kelly Markgraf, bass baritone University of Arizona Vocal Jazz Trio A program of musical theater opens with Shostakovich’s orchestration of a song from a Russian musical based on the tune, “Tea for Two” and continues with Bernstein dances from On the…

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“Bernstein and Ballet” Featuring the music of WEST SIDE STORY: Ballet Tucson

February 3 @ 7:30 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$40 – $45

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Ballet Tucson Program: "A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein" (world premiere) A celebration in song and dance honoring Bernstein's 100th birthday featuring selections from Mass, On the Waterfront, West Side Story and more. Chieko Imada and Mary Beth Cabana have teamed up to create original choreography that weaves together Mr. Bernstein's music in a contemporary and unique fashion. Guest vocal artists Cadie Jordan and David Margulis (alumni of the prestigious Ravinia's Steans Music Institute) will…

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“Bernstein and Ballet” Featuring the music of WEST SIDE STORY: Ballet Tucson

February 4 @ 1:00 pm
Stevie Eller Dance Theater, 1713 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719 United States
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$40 – $45

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Ballet Tucson Program: "A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein" (world premiere) A celebration in song and dance honoring Bernstein's 100th birthday featuring selections from Mass, On the Waterfront, West Side Story and more. Chieko Imada and Mary Beth Cabana have teamed up to create original choreography that weaves together Mr. Bernstein's music in a contemporary and unique fashion. Guest vocal artists Cadie Jordan and David Margulis (alumni of the prestigious Ravinia's Steans Music Institute) will…

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Tahiti For Two: Tucson Symphony Orchestra

February 4 @ 2:00 pm
Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E Sunrise Dr,
Tucson, AZ 85718 United States
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$22 – $55

Buy Tickets Presented in partnership with Tucson Symphony Orchestra. Sasha Cooke Kelly Markgraf Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot TSO PREMIERE Bernstein: Three Episodes from On the Town Bernstein: Trouble in Tahiti TSO PREMIERE José Luis Gomez, conductor Sasha Cooke, mezzo soprano Kelly Markgraf, bass baritone University of Arizona Vocal Jazz Trio A program of musical theater opens with Shostakovich’s orchestration of a song from a Russian musical based on the tune, “Tea for Two” and continues with Bernstein dances from On the…

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