R.I.P Alan Rickman

R.I.P Alan Rickman

  Culturally, this has been an awful week of loss for Britain, and for a world connected by our love of entertainers who — if the gods smile — become indelible popular artists. First David Bowie, dead at 69. Now comes news of the great actor Alan Rickman, who was also 69. His seductive feline […]

McManus performs Rachmaninov with SASO

McManus performs Rachmaninov with SASO

By SoAzNewsX Sheryll McManus will perform the lush  with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra on Jan. 31, Feb. 5 and Feb. 6. This is considered the most popular piano concerto ever written, according to a news release from the SASO. Enduring themes from this music can be heard in the soundtracks of numerous films, in […]

Emil Franzi on Music: The ten great Russian symphonists

Emil Franzi on Music: The ten great Russian symphonists

By Emil Franzi “Sergei Taniev is not at home” was the sign in front of the professor/composer’s home. It probably has something to do with the fact that he is Russia’s most neglected great composer. Pupil of Tchaikovsky, teacher of Rachmaninov and Scriabin among others, he was rather oblivious to fame and fortune. He wrote […]

R.I.P. music legend David Bowie

R.I.P. music legend David Bowie

Britain’s Prime Minister has led the tributes to David Bowie who died after losing an 18-month battle with cancer. The news was confirmed by his son on his official social media account. “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” it said. David Cameron said he was […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Franz Schubert Symphony #9

Emil Franzi on Music: Franz Schubert Symphony #9

By Emil Franzi FRANZ SCHUBERT Symphony #9 From the TSO Concerts of Jan 12-13 2014. — The “Great” C Major Symphony of Franz Schubert was given that name less as a compliment then as a differentiation. It was preceded by the Symphony #6, also in C, a shorter work also considered less profound. Schubert had […]

Emil Franzi: Maurice Ravel – Le tombeau de Couperin

Emil Franzi: Maurice Ravel – Le tombeau de Couperin

By Emil Franzi Beginning this issue, Emil Franzi starts a new column devoted to great music. It begins with notes published by the TSO in past concert programs and will be supplanted by new material. – Ed. — (From the 2013-14 TSO Concert series) MAURICE RAVEL – Le tombeau de Couperin Prelude, Forlane, Menuet, Rigaudon […]

New Year’s Eve in Tucson with a Chicago Jazz Flair

New Year’s Eve in Tucson with a Chicago Jazz Flair

By SoAzNewsX Vocalist and master trumpeter Rick Braun again brings renowned jazz musicians to Tucson for an unmatched New Year’s Eve celebration held at JW Marriott Starr Pass. With a theme of Blue Chicago and touches of the Windy City throughout the evening, this event will feature saxophonists Mindi Abair and Euge Groove, special guest […]

The Sons of the Pioneers to perform at Casino Del Sol Resort

The Sons of the Pioneers to perform at Casino Del Sol Resort

By SoAzNewsX Old Tucson and Casino Del Sol Resort are pleased to announce a dinner show performance by the legendary Sons of the Pioneers on Saturday evening, January 30, 2016. Tap your toes to the sounds of these iconic Western musicians and enjoy a delicious meal. Sons of the Pioneers Dinner Show tickets make the […]

TSO celebrates the season with Handel’s Messiah

TSO celebrates the season with Handel’s Messiah

By SoAzNewsX The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and TSO Chorus will perform George Frideric Handel’s Messiah including the joyful Hallelujah Chorus on Saturday, December 12 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, December 13 at 2:00 pm at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson. Peter Bay will conduct the orchestra, chorus and four soloists in […]

New musical, ‘Snapshots,’ coming to Arizona Theatre Company

New musical, ‘Snapshots,’ coming to Arizona Theatre Company

Southern Arizona News-Examiner Arizona Theatre Company brings the witty and romantic “Snapshots,” a new musical comedy by Stephen Schwartz, composer of such smash Broadway hits as “Wicked” and “Godspell,” to the Temple of Music and Art from Nov. 28 through Dec. 19. I. Michael and Beth Kasser are Arizona Theatre Company’s 2015-16 Season Sponsors. Shirley […]