SASO dances to the finish line, the conductor of the Civic Orchestra finishes his race | Arts and theater


Two local orchestras wrap up their 2021-22 season this weekend.

SASO dance of joy

The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra dances to the finish line of its 2021-22 season which was all about movement and dance.

This weekend, under the direction of guest conductor Eric Lederhandler, the volunteer ensemble will perform “Dancing for Joy,” a concert grounded in dance-inspired works by Dvořák and Moritz Moszkowski.

The Belgian conductor opens the concert with Dvořák’s fiery “Festival March” and “Slavic Dances”, two works that are sure to make the audience stomp, before Italian guest pianist Pasquale Iannone performs Moszkowski’s Piano Concerto No. 2.

The concert marks the Tucson debut for Lederhandler, who studied at the Brussels Conservatory and has since conducted internationally, including with the Cairo Symphony Orchestra, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Limburg Symphony Orchestra in Holland and the Sewanee Orchestra in the United States. He was recently appointed Music Director of the Jiangsu Symphony Orchestra in China and regularly teaches conducting master classes at the Sichuan Conservatory.

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Iannone comes here with a summary of victories in international competitions and appearances with orchestras in Italy, the United States, South Korea, South Africa and Germany. His recordings include music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff and Brahms.

SASO will perform the concert twice – at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30 at the DesertView Performing Arts Center in SaddelBrooke, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte on the northwest side.

Tickets to SaddleBrooke are $30 — free for students 17 and under — via; it’s $25 for the St. Andrew’s concert via

COT Welcomes Teen Artists to Conductor’s Finale

The volunteer Civic Orchestra of Tucson extracts classic works from television, film, opera and Broadway in its season-ending “Lights, Camera, Action” concerts on Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1.

The orchestra will give two concerts – both free – which will feature the winners of the 2022 Young Artists Competition.

17-year-old first pianist Jisue Choi performs the first movement of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto on Saturday, April 30. That concert will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Green Valley Presbyterian Church, 2800 S. Camino del Sol.

On Sunday May 1, 16-year-old cellist Molly Urbon-Bonine, a second-year high school student, will perform Fauré’s “Elégie”, an independent work that the composer never had time to fully flesh out. This concert will be held Sunday at 7 p.m. at the DeMeester Outdoor Pavilion in Reid Park at 900 S. Randolph Way at East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road.

At both concerts, the orchestra, under outgoing conductor Charles Bontrager, will perform music from movies, Broadway and opera. This will be Bontrager’s last time behind the podium before he retires and Keun Oh takes over as Music Director Designate.

Admission to concerts is free. Details:

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at [email protected] On Twitter @Starburch


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