News and Reviews
Here you’ll find links to all the latest reviews and news about the Tucson Desert Song Festival, as well as comments by our TDSF friends.
Christine Goerke, who will perform in recital for UApresents on Feb. 13, 2014, received an ecstatic ovation for her “powerfully sung and wrenching portrayal of the hard-bitten Dyer’s Wife” in Richard Strauss’ Die Frau ohne Schatten at the Metropolitan Opera in early November, 2013. You can find the New York Times review here.
Jennifer Johnson Cano enchanted music lovers September 25, 2013 at the UA School of Music’s Crowder Hall with a recital of art songs. Her melodic and facile mezzo-soprano combined with artful expression treated the audience to an evening of delightful storytelling that brought to life the songs of composers such at Schubert, Poulenc, Korngold, Britten and Rachmaninov. Her husband, Christopher Cano, a graduate of the University of Arizona School of Music, accompanied her on piano.
The two artists provided a seamless performance they will next perform at Carnegie Hall in October. The songs’ stories as told by Ms. Cano ranged from King David, to lost love, to a joyous return to Paris from the dismal countryside, and the Goethe story of the death of a child riding horseback with his father in a spooky forest at the hands of an elf king, very à propos for the upcoming Halloween season.
The event was co-sponsored by the UA School of Music and the Tucson Desert Song Festival. Ms. Cano will be performing during the 2014 Tucson Desert Song Festival with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in The Damnation of Faust along with William Burden and Jordan Bisch. This performance is not to be missed! The whole upcoming season of the Tucson Desert Song Festival will be a music-lover’s delight, so please join us in February for this unique addition to performing arts in Tucson that is drawing audience from across the country. — Robert Fritz