Conductor Hanson signs extension with Tucson Symphony

Posted on: October 31, 2011

A Saturday (10/29) report on the KOLD CBS News Channel 13 (Tucson, Arizona) website states, “George Hanson has signed a contract extension that will keep him as conductor and music director with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra through June 2015, Tucson Symphony Society Board of Trustees President Barbara R. Levy said Saturday night. Hanson has informed the Board of Trustees that his newly renewed contract will be his last with the TSO. He will conclude his 20-year tenure in the 2015-2016 season. ‘On behalf of the Board, we are immensely grateful to George for the exciting growth of our orchestra and the many memorable performances he has brought to our community,’ Levy said in a statement. ‘He has become an icon for the Tucson Symphony.’ … Hanson is the 14th music director and conductor in the 83-year history of the TSO and the conductor with the longest tenure. Hanson is the primary conductor and artistic director of the Classic, TSO Pops! and MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra Series. He began his sixteenth season with the TSO by conducting [pianist] Fabio Bidini’s performance of Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini and the Symphonie Fantastique by Berlioz Oct. 14 and 16 at the Tucson Music Hall.”

Posted October 31, 2011