Emil Franzi on Music: Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Emil Franzi on Music: Rachmaninoff – Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

By Emil Franzi Notes from the TSO 1\1015-16 season, first concert in September. RACHMANINOFF – SYMPHONIC DANCES, op.45 Rachmaninoff was not a prolific composer. His total published works only reached 45 opus numbers for his 69 years. They roughly come from three periods. The first lasted until 1897 with the disastrous premier of his first […]

Patagonia opera house funding underway

Patagonia opera house funding underway

From the Bulletin If all goes according to plan, Patagonia will be the home of a new performing arts center by next year. Fundraising for the new Benderly Opera House, which will be located on the grounds of the Santa Cruz Foundation for the Performing Arts on Naugle Avenue, kicks off this week, said SCFPA […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Elgar – In the south

Emil Franzi on Music: Elgar – In the south

By Emil Franzi From the 2015-16 Season There’s much more to Elgar than POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE. Like Kipling, he is far more nuanced than many common stereotypes convey. His two symphonies stand at the pinnacle of those from the early 20th Century. His concert overture ALASSIO or IN THE SOUTH is actually a politely named […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Historic Mahler recordings and performances

Emil Franzi on Music: Historic Mahler recordings and performances

By Emil Franzi Tucson Symphony Conductor Laureate George Hanson just gave us a world class performance of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde last month. He was able to do so because during his tenure as Music Director of the TSO he also helped birth the Tucson Desert Song Festival which includes numerous local music […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Beethoven Symphony #8

Emil Franzi on Music: Beethoven Symphony #8

By Emil Franzi From the January, 2015 TSO performance shared with Itzhak Perlman’s performance of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, George Hanson Conductor. BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY #8 Beethoven’s shortest symphony is not his least complex, far from it. Its relative brevity partly results from its lack of an actual slow movement, something rare in all symphonic literature. […]

Tucson Symphony Orchestra gets $1 million endowment

Tucson Symphony Orchestra gets $1 million endowment

By SoAzNewsX The Diamond Foundation has committed to endowing the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster chair for a total of $1 million. This is the second endowed chair in the Orchestra’s 87 year history. The first was the Principal Trumpet Chair endowed by the Connie Hillman Family Foundation. Helaine Diamond Levy, the Executive Director of Diamond […]

To Bead True Blue & The Tucson Bead Show

To Bead True Blue & The Tucson Bead Show

By SoAzNewsX For nine days, January 31st through February 8th, there are two shows that present the best in Tucson –To Bead True Blue & The Tucson Bead Show. Together, they feature 1775 booths and workshops –with legendary artistic beadmakers, rarely-exhibited lampwork glass bead masterpieces, and selections of high-quality, handmade merchandise. Attendees come from around the world to buy […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Beethoven Symphony #4

Emil Franzi on Music: Beethoven Symphony #4

By Emil Franzi TSO notes from the 2013-14 season: BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY #4 “A slim Norse Maiden between Two Greek Gods” is one translation of Robert Schumann’s description of Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony. You might infer that it is a lesser work, following the Revolutionary “Eroica” and preceding the dramatic Fifth. Not hardly. The Fourth is an […]

AZ Opera’s Ryan Taylor to lead Minnesota Opera

AZ Opera’s Ryan Taylor to lead Minnesota Opera

By SoAzNewsX Arizona Opera Board Chairman Robert Tancer has announced that Ryan Taylor has accepted the position of Minnesota Opera’s General Director, according to a news release from Arizona Opera. Minnesota Opera is one of the top opera companies in the country, and the organization where Ryan began his career in opera as a Resident […]

Emil Franzi on Music: Dvořák Slavonic Dances. Op. 46/3, Op. 72/1/2/7/8

Emil Franzi on Music: Dvořák Slavonic Dances. Op. 46/3,  Op. 72/1/2/7/8

By Emil Franzi Dvořák – Slavonic Dances. Op. 46/3, Op. 72/1/2/7/8 The Slavonic Dances, Opus 46, were Antonín Dvořák’s breakout works. At 37, he was barely known, publishing often by sponsorship, and living as a church organist. He won several composition contests and one judge was Johannes Brahms who referred his MORAVIAN DUETS to his […]