Southern Arizona Symphony begins survey of five Tucson composers

Posted on: October 5, 2012

In Thursday’s (10/4) Arizona Daily Star (Tucson), Cathalena E. Burch writes, “The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra launches its season-long focus on Tucson composers this weekend with Jay Vosk’s 2003 work ‘Running the Rim.’ In each of its five concerts this season, the volunteer orchestra will perform a work by a Tucson composer that will be recorded for the orchestra’s first CD. Artistic Director and Conductor Linus Lerner said the CD will be released next summer. It also will include other works by Tucson composers that the orchestra will perform in the 2013-14 season, Lerner said. Longtime SASO supporter Dorothy Vanek is sponsoring the concert, which will include a work SASO violist and composer Richard White wrote in her honor called ‘Celebration.’ In notes to the orchestra, Vosk described ‘Running the Rim’ as a bit jazzy, with nods to Leonard Bernstein. The piece recounts the native New Yorker’s first visit to the Grand Canyon. … The concert, which the orchestra will perform Saturday night in SaddleBrooke and Sunday in Oro Valley, also includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5, Emperor Concerto, featuring guest pianist James Dick. … The concert ends with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, which makes references to Beethoven.”

Posted October 5, 2012