Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan 15-Feb 1 - Tucson, Arizona

The Third Annual Tucson Desert Song Festival (TDSF), Jan. 15–Feb. 1, 2015, will bring together Tucson’s leading arts groups and internationally celebrated guest artists to explore the exquisite sorrow and defiant laughter of life and love, with Tamara Mumford and Anthony Dean Griffey featured in the rarely performed chamber orchestration of Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, Susan Graham singing the neglected Berlioz masterpiece La Mort d’Ophélie, and Katie Van Kooten, Heidi Grant Murphy and Angela Brower presenting the final trio from Der Rosenkavalier. All this, as well as the New York Festival of Song and Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on Tour, Corinne Winters singing her first Tatiana in Arizona Opera’s Eugene Onegin, plus Carmina Burana and Poulenc’s Gloria!

Such leading vocalists as mezzo-sopranos Susan Graham, Tamara Mumford, and Angela Brower, sopranos Heidi Grant Murphy and Corrine Winters, and tenor Anthony Dean Griffey will perform with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, UApresents, Arizona Opera, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson Guitar Society and more.

The festival includes bookend concerts by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra of Poulenc’s Gloria and the final trio from Der Roenskavalier and Don Juan by Richard Strauss, and ending with the lustrous voice of Tamara Mumford and the virtuosic singing of Anthony Dean Griffey in Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg), preceded by Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony

Highly acclaimed mezzo-soprano Susan Graham will give a recital of Berlioz, Schubert, Cole Porter and other composers under the auspices of UApresents, and in its festival debut Arizona Opera will perform Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin with guest stars Corinne Winters and David Adam Moore.

Rising young vocalists from the prestigious Ravinia Steans Music Institute on Tour will gather for a concert presented by the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music with soprano Simone Osborne and world-renowned pianist and Tucson Desert Song Festival’s Artistic Consultant, Kevin Murphy.

In a festival exclusive, the Tucson Guitar Society will bring together guitarist David Leisner and tenor Rufus Müller to perform the works of Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert, David Leisner’s own works and Manuel de Falla.

TDSF guest artists will join with the University of Arizona School of Music to conduct master classes. Faculty and students will provide a series of lectures and recitals. All of these events are open to the public.  

For the third year, the festival will include a songwriting competition for students in grades K–12. Students are invited to submit original songs with melody and lyrics. A panel of UA School of Music educators will judge the submissions, and finalists will be invited to perform their compositions in a showcase recital at the UA School of Music on January 17, 2015. (The application deadline is November 24, 2014; materials may be found under the Education tab at TucsonDesertSongFestival.org.) Cash prizes are given to the top winners.

Also for the third year, TDSF is continuing its Adult Education Outreach program with a series of Preview Concerts that will be performed during November and December 2014. (*See dates below).

This year’s Preview Concerts will include University of Arizona School of Music graduate students, soprano Jenina Gallaway and baritone Seth Kershisnik, will present a varied program of songs and duets by Schubert, Strauss, Duparc, Poulenc, Duke, and Chausson as well as new trends in art song with Comic settings by Tom Cipullo, a haunting lullaby by Leo Edwards and poignant spirituals set by Moses Hogan.   The concerts are open and free to the public.

Tickets to festival performances are available through the individual participating organizations. More information about the 2015 festival is available at TucsonDesertSongFestival.org, and at 1-888-546-3305.

The mission of the Tucson Desert Song Festival is to elevate Tucson to a world-class destination for classical voice and music lovers by presenting three weeks of performances and events celebrating classical voice at its highest level. In collaboration with Tucson’s professional performing arts organizations, its annual offerings bring together local artistry of the highest quality with the world’s most promising vocal talent. Both synergetic and unique, the festival has merited recognition on a national level.


Opening Concert and Lecture 
Crowder Hall
Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
Kristin Dauphinais, Associate Professor of Music, UA School of Music, assisted by UA voice students. 
Song:  From Salon to Stage, the Journey of a Genre
Open and free to the public.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Tucson Music Hall
Friday, January 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. 
George Hanson, conductor
Katie Van Kooten, soprano 

Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
Angela Brower, mezzo-soprano
TSO Chorus, Bruce Chamberlain, director
Poulenc: Gloria. 
Strauss: Don Juan; 
final trio from Der Rosenkavalier
Tickets:  tucsonsymphony.org

Finalist Showcase Recital
TDSF Songwriting Competition 
University of Arizona Holsclaw Hall
Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. 
Information:  tucsondesertsongfestival.org/education/

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music 
Leo Rich Theatre
Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 3 p.m.
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on Tour
Simone Osborne, soprano
Kevin Murphy, pianist
Catherine Martin, mezzo-soprano
Michael Brandenburg, tenor
Tickets:  arizonachambermusic.org

UA School of Music
Holsclaw Hall
January 21, Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.
New Directions in Song
Hosted by Associate Professor of Music, Kristin Dauphinais, the program will feature works of contemporary art song with new trends and new discoveries, performed by UA vocal students.  Open and free to the public.

Tucson Guitar Society
Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7 p.m. 
University of Arizona Holsclaw Hall
David Leisner, guitarist
Rufus Müller, tenor
Works of Benjamin Britten, Franz Schubert, David Leisner and Manuel de Falla
Tickets:  tucsonguitarsociety.org

Tucson Chamber Artists
  • Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7:00p.m.
Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley, AZ
  • Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:30p.m.
Catalina Foothills High School
  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 3:00p.m.
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 

Eric Holtan, conductor
Hugh Russell, baritone
Hye Jung Lee, soprano
Edwin Vega, tenor
Orff: Carmina Burana
Tickets:  tucsonchamberartists.org

Arizona Opera Hosts the New York Festival of Song
Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00p.m.
Leo Rich Theatre
Corinne Winters, soprano
Steven Blier, pianist
Canción Amorosa: Songs of Spain
Tickets:  azopera.org

University of Arizona Crowder Hall
Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. 
Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano
Malcolm Martineau, pianist

Berlioz: La Mort d’Ophélie; Schubert: Heiss mich nicht Redden, Op. 62, No. 2; Poulenc: Fiançailles pour rire; 
Cole Porter: The Physician (from Nymph Errant)
; Vernon Duke: Ages Ago
; other works to be announced.
Tickets:  uapresents.org

A pre-concert talk will be given at 6:30 p.m. by Dr. Matt Mugmon, musicologist in the UA School of Music, and will cover information about works on the evening’s program. The talk will be held in Room 146, School of Music building.

Arizona Opera
Tucson Music Hall
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m.
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
Steven White, conductor
Tara Faircloth, stage director
David Adam Moore - Eugene Onegin
Corinne Winters  - Tatiana
Zach Borichevsky - Lenski
Beth Lytwynec - Olga
Nicholas Masters - Prince Gremin
Robynne Redmon - Madame Larina
Susan Shafer - Filipievna
Andrew Penning - Monsieur Triquet
Calvin Griffin – Zaretski
Tickets:  azopera.org

Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Catalina Foothills High School
Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 8 p.m. & Sunday, February 1, 2015 at 2 p.m. 
George Hanson, conductor
Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano
Anthony Dean Griffey, tenor
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, “Haffner”; 
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde (arr. Schoenberg) 
Tickets:  tucsonsymphony.org      
*Adult Outreach Preview Concert Dates:
  • Academy Village
Tuesday, November 11, 11:30am—12:30p.m.
  • Private home in Saddlebrooke Community
Wednesday, December 3, 7:00pm—8:00p.m.
  • St. Philips in the Foothills
Sunday, December 7, 2:00p.m. – 3:00p.m.


Steven Blier
Zach Borichevsky
Angela Brower
Susan Graham
Anthony Dean Griffey
Hye Jung Lee
David Leisner
Malcolm Martineau
David Adam Moore
Rufus Müller
Tamara Mumford
Kevin Murphy
Simone Osborne
Hugh Russell
Katie Van Kooten
Edwin Vega 
Corinne Winters
 *Additional artists may be announced at a later date and are subject to change.

Participating Organizations

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music • Arizona Opera • New York Festival of Song • Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute on Tour •Tucson Symphony Orchestra • Tucson Chamber Artists • Tucson Guitar Society • UApresents • UA School of Music

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