Tucson Symphony’s first 2022 concert: Felix Mendelssohn and Fela Sowande

Posted on: January 3, 2022

“Arizona Friends of Chamber Music and Tucson Symphony Orchestra are jumping into 2022 with concerts this weekend,” writes Cathalena Burch in Saturday’s (1/1) Arizona Daily Star. “Arizona Friends is hosting … clarinetist Narek Arutyunian in a Piano and Friends recital with pianist Steven Beck on … Jan. 9…. The pair will perform Bernstein’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Von Weber’s Grand Duo Concertant for Clarinet and Piano, Brahms’s Sonata in E-flat Major for Clarinet and Piano and Schoenfeld’s Sonatina for Klezmer Clarinet and Piano…. Tucson Symphony Orchestra Music Director José Luis Gomez will lead a chamber-sized version of the orchestra in three performances of Mendelssohn’s … Symphony No. 1 and Sinfonia No. 1, both composed when Mendelssohn was a teen. Gomez sandwiches the two with Nigerian composer Fela Sowande’s African Suite, [which] borrows from Sowande’s native Nigerian folk tunes and Western classical. The orchestra will perform the concert … Jan. 8 and Jan. 9…. Both Arizona Friends and the TSO have COVID protocols that require ticketholders to present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within 72 hours of the concert.”