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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!

Tucson Desert Song Festival Celebrates the American Voice

January 15 to February 6, 2020

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Concerts take place in different venues around Tucson:

Each TDSF partner assigns prices to its event.
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Emily Hansen, TDSF Public Relations

George Hanson, Festival Coordinator

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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:

Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.




Wednesday, January 15

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

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

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


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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

“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)

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

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

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

“Made in America”
7:30 p.m. (PCC Center for the Arts)

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

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

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

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

Thursday, February 6
Renée Fleming in concert
7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall)

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