New orchestra to debut in Arizona

Posted on: July 12, 2012

In Thursday’s (7/12) Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), Cathalena E. Burch writes, “It started simply enough, with a group of musicians getting together once a month to perform their favorite symphonic works. With each session—they refer to them as ‘readings’—the group and the excitement grew. ‘Each session, we read two or three pieces—one overture, at least one symphony,’ says violinist Toru Tagawa, who co-founded the upstart Tucson Repertory Orchestra in June 2011. … There is now a list of 100 musicians, professional and nonprofessional alike, who are anxious for the chance to dig into classical masterworks that have become the orchestra’s passion. About 50 of them will get together on Saturday as Tagawa conducts the orchestra in its inaugural concert. The group will perform Mozart’s G minor Symphony No. 40 and one of Edward Elgar’s most popular string works. ‘This is really exciting for us to be able to do this concert finally,’ says Tagawa, who started the orchestra with flutist Linda Doughty Kneifel after the pair subbed in a Tucson Symphony Orchestra concert. … Tagawa says Saturday’s concert will be the first of many to come. He hopes to do two or three concerts a year, scheduled when the TSO and Tucson’s few non-professional orchestras are out of season, such as summertime.”

Posted July 12, 2012