Monday, November 08, 2010

Tucson: SASO Features Guest Conductor, Dvorak Cello Concerto


From: Donna Kreutz []
Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 1:01 PM
Subject: SASO Features Guest Conductor, Dvorak Cello Concerto



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FOR DVORAK Cello concertO, SCHUMANN symphony

Performances Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m.


TUCSON, AZ – Tao Fan, who holds the rank of National First Class Conductor in the People’s Republic of China, will guest conduct the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring Dvorak’s powerful Violoncello Concerto in B minor and Schumann’s Symphony No. 1 in B-flat Major “Spring” in the 200th anniversary year of his birth.

 The concerts will be presented Saturday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Saddlebrooke and again Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in northwest Tucson. The program also includes Tibetan Tita Dance by Ao Chang-Qun. There will be a reception hosted by The Chinese Cultural Center at the Sunday performance.

 Tao Fan graduated at the top of his class in 1995 and was appointed Resident Conductor of the National Film and Radio Philharmonic in Beijing. Since then he has conducted leading orchestras in China and around the world. In 2000, Fan was a prizewinner in the 2nd International Sibelius Conducting Competition in Finland. In 2006, China’s Ministry of Culture chose Fan to conduct an orchestra drawn from the 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the opening of ASEAN’s conference in Cambodia.

 Soloist for the Dvorak concerto will be Belgian-born Thomas Landschoot. He began studying cello at age six with his father. His solo career began after taking a top prize an international cello competition in 1995 in Bucharest, Romania. An avid chamber musician, he is praised for his expressive and poetic music making. Landschoot is a founding member of the Chamber Ensemble Bloomington in Japan, the Tama Trio in Europe and Trio de Soleil in the United States.

 He taught at the University of Michigan before joining the faculty at the Herberger College School of Music at Arizona State University in 2001. Since 2008 he also serves on the faculty of Shieh Chien University in Taipei. He is artistic director of the Sonoran Chamber Music Festival and president of the Arizona Cello Society. He plays both a rare 1830 Giovanni Batista Pressenda and the 1709 Boccherini Stradivarius on loan from the Chimei foundation.

 SASO’s Music Director Linus Lerner will rehearse the orchestra in preparation for these guest artists.

 This season SASO is presenting present two concerts in a single weekend – the first on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. at the Desert View Performing Arts Center at 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive in SaddleBrooke and the second on Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, SW Sanctuary, 7575 N. Paseo Del Norte in Tucson.

For the SaddleBrooke concert, order tickets online at http://tickets/ or call 825-2818. Individual tickets for SaddleBrooke are $21 in advance or $23 at the door. For the St. Andrews concert, order online at or call 323-7166. Individual tickets are $20, on sale in advance or at the door.

 The balance of the SASO season includes these special events and concerts:

 Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. – SASO’s Fifth Annual Gala, held at Saddlebrooke, features fine dining, musical entertainment, live and silent auctions.

 Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. – The program includes Ravel’s Bolero and Concerto for Piano in G Major with guest artist Jesus Maria Figueroa, plus Grainger’s Colonial Song and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber.

 Mar. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Mar. 13 at 3 p.m. – A special collaborative celebration of the 300th anniversary of Padre Kino’s death featuring SASO, the Catalinas Community Chorus and Tucson Masterwork Chorale with soprano Christi Amonson and mezzo-soprano Angela Diel. The program includes Mozart’s Coronation Mass, plus choral and orchestral works.The first performance will be at St. Augustine Cathedral downtown. The second location has yet to be determined.

 April 2 at 7:30 p.m. and April 3 at 3 p.m. – This concert features the winner of the second annual SASO Youth Concerto Competition, plus Verdi’s La Forza del Destino Overture and Puccini’s Suor Angelica with soprano Ana Paula Brunkow, mezzo-soprano Kerry Grubel and the Southern Arizona Opera Company.

 May 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 22 at 3 p.m. – The season finale includes Chabrier’s Espana, Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Concerto for Two Guitars with soloists Eduardo Costa and Gabriel Navia.

 For more information about Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra visit or call 323-7166.


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