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SASO presents a British, Russian, French concert

Punch Howarth Crown Imperial March by William Walton is a typical British processional/ceremonial march in the mode of Elgar whose Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 was performed at the January SASO concert. Walton was one of Britain’s better 20th Century composers and composed Crown Imperial for the coronation of King George VI in May 1937 and was…

SASO wishes a happy holiday with a musical menu

Punch Howarth All of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra family wishes all our readers a joyful holiday season. At a time when most are planning menus for the celebrations, the following might be helpful. Divided into eight areas are the following: A. Drinks or Cacophonous Bartok Dry Tartini – Cor Inglese Clarinet – Solturn –…

SASO sneak preview of 2016-2017 season

Punch Howarth Selections by great well-known composers will highlight the 2016-2017 season of the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Linus Lerner. Works by Beethoven, Nielsen, Elgar, Rachmaninov, Schumann and Dvorak will thrill both audiences and orchestra members. In addition, conductor Lerner has added a few esoteric and not as well-known works to challenge the…

Classical music a brief analysis

Punch Howarth A brief explanation of Classical is a necessary opening as there are music forms other than Classical; Pop music that changes with culture modifications, Jazz that stresses invention and individual expression, Folk music relating to culture groups are but a few among others. Some vocabularies relating to Classical are serious, old, complex, highbrow,…

SASO, Past, Present and Future

Punch Howarth The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra season ended on May 7 and 8 with one of their most ambitious programs that included Brahms, Samuel Barber and Berlioz. Each of these works has intrinsic difficulties that gave the orchestra no small challenge. Also with these concerts this writer of SASO articles retired as principal timpanist…

April concerts by the Southern Arizona Symphony

Punch Howarth In thinking about writing this article describing the April concert by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, my first thought was that it will be esoteric—but no; is it too abstract—and again no; what it is, is a surprisingly unique concert. Director Linus Lerner has selected works for strings and soloist, a Chinese string…

SASO final two programs preview in April and May

Punch Howarth This article is a preview of the final two concert programs of the current season by the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra conducted by Linus Lerner. The first of these concerts to be performed in early April following an invitational performance by SASO in mid-February at the Gramado International Music Festival in Brazil, South…

SASO plays Rachmaninoff’s “Resurrection” second piano concert

Punch Howarth SaddleBrooke’s Sheryll McManus will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (m), that this writer labels his “resurrection,” with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra with Linus Lerner returning to the podium. The reason for my descriptive label is that following a disastrous failure at the premier of his First Symphony, Rachmaninoff experienced…

SASO performs Rachmaninoff and Dvorak at next concert

Sheryll McManus, the soloist for the very popular Rachmaninoff Second Piano Concerto , affectionately known as “Rocky 2.” Photo by Guy Atchley

Punch Howarth Before looking ahead to next year’s opening concert, the Southern Arizona Symphony family wishes everyone a Joyous Holiday Season and a Healthy 2016 New Year. Morton Gould’s raucous and stimulating American Salute opens the concert. This work is a series of variations on When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again, an American military folk song.…