Ravinia Steans Music Institute
Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute is the Ravinia Festival’s summer conservatory, bringing together each summer talented young musicians from around the world to make music together under the supervision of an internationally renowned faculty. Through its three programs—jazz, piano and strings, and singers—young artists at Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute attend master classes given by musical luminaries, have daily coaching with the institute’s faculty, and present recitals offered as part of the Ravinia Festival’s summer programming. Many of the institute’s alumni have gone on to achieve notable successes in solo performance, opera, jazz, and chamber music. Lean more here.
Arizona Early Music Society
Each year, The Arizona Early Music Society welcomes to Tucson the best instrumental and vocal ensembles from around the world, performing on period instruments and employing historical performance practice, bringing to fresh life a musical heritage that is both old and new. The term “early music” refers to both a repertory (European music written before about 1800, including Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical music) and an approach to performance (“historically-informed performance” including the use of period instruments). Early music practitioners seek to discover and perform music from times past, to explore a repertory of music that is otherwise little known. From Gregorian chant to the music of Bach and Mozart, the repertory spans a millennium, from roughly 800 to 1800. Learn more at azearlymusic.org.
Since 1971, its inaugural year, Arizona Opera has produced more than 170 fully staged operas and concerts. The company’s artistic history is rich with a blend of opera’s traditional repertoire featuring Baroque, bel canto and verismo works, turn-of-the-century masterpieces, operettas, and American operas. Arizona Opera has also presented Wagner’s complete Ring Cycle twice, a feat that has been accomplished in North America by only four other companies. The Arizona Opera Orchestra, established in 2000, consists of members of orchestras from Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson, as well as faculty from local universities; the chorus consists of Phoenix and Tucson community members and students from local universities. In addition to producing five grand operas each year in Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and numerous outreach events for children and adults. Learn more at azopera.org.
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
One mission of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music is to present the world’s great chamber music, performed by the world’s finest chamber musicians in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Through its two concert series, its acclaimed Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, a dynamic program to commission new works, its extensive outreach to schools, and its affordable ticket prices, the AFCM aims to bring the joy of this great music to as wide an audience as possible. Learn more at arizonachambermusic.org.
Ballet Tucson is a professional company of versatile and beautifully trained artists. Over the years, many of its members have danced professionally with companies of national stature such as American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Ballet West, Alvin Ailey, Boston Ballet and Dance Theatre of Harlem, to name just a few.
Each season, the company entertains the Tucson community with historic classics as well as innovative contemporary works, offering something for everyone’s taste. In addition, an exceptional children’s company of more than 100 performs alongside Ballet Tucson’s professionals in family-oriented productions such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Ballet Tucson’s popularity continues to grow, enabling the company to claim its place as the premier professional dance company in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Explore Ballet Tucson’s website here.
Tucson Guitar Society
The Tucson Guitar Society (TGS) is a small but very active group that brings an array of the most outstanding guitarists in the world to Tucson as part of its International Performers Series. The Society produces six to seven concerts a year, highlighted by its guitar festival held every November, a collaboration with the University of Arizona School of Music’s Bolton Guitar Program. With its focus on promoting the appreciation of guitar in the community, the Tucson Guitar Society also engages its artists to teach master classes that are open to the public at no fee. TGS maintains its roots as an intimate group of guitar aficionados through its monthly “open mic” nights, which allow any interested player to share his or her repertoire. TGS also has an all-guitar orchestra, which gives two free performances a year for the community at large. More recently, the group has been active in securing funding for special opportunities for talented youngsters in Tucson. In 2013, TGS sent 14-year-old Grace Sheppard to the Guitar Foundation of America Competition, where she took first place in her division. Learn more at tucsonguitarsociety.org.
University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music
The UA Fred Fox School of Music, now more than 100 years old, has more than 500 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a wide variety of degree programs. The School of Music is one of five units within the College of Fine Arts, allowing all students to develop interdisciplinary projects involving music, art, media arts, theater arts and dance. Many of its graduate and advanced undergraduate students have successfully auditioned for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the Arizona Opera Company, and other community ensembles. Many graduates have gone on to careers as K-12 educators, professors, administrators, recording artists, opera singers, chamber and orchestral musicians, composers, arrangers, and music industry professionals. Learn more about the University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music at music.arizona.edu.
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1929. Since then, the TSO has grown from a volunteer community orchestra to a fully professional orchestra serving Southern Arizona. In the last 20 years, growth has been apparent through the innovative programming, children’s concerts, community concerts throughout Southern Arizona, expansion of repertoire and ever-increasing artistic achievement.
The TSO offers more than 375 education and community partnership presentations annually, which reach tens of thousands of children and adults throughout Southern Arizona. The Tucson Symphony Orchestra provides the most in-depth music education programs for children in all of Arizona. These include in-school sessions by TSO musicians, concert performances and comprehensive curriculum, as well as the annual Young Artists Competition and Young Composers Project.
The mission of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra is to share beautiful, professionally performed music with as wide an audience as possible. It does so each season through a series of nine Classic concerts; four MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra concerts; five TSO Pops! concerts; Classic, MasterWorks and TSO Pops! specials; ensemble performances; Moveable Musical Feasts; and award-winning educational programs. Learn more at tucsonsymphony.org.
True Concord Voices & Orchestra
True Concord Voices & Orchestra, formerly the Tucson Chamber Artists, is a versatile ensemble of vocal and instrumental musicians dedicated to enriching lives through the transformational power of classical music. As Southern Arizona’s premier professional chamber choir and orchestra, True Concord includes singers who represent the first rank of choral artists in Arizona and from around the country, and its instrumentalists have trained in some of the finest music schools in the world. True Concord accomplishes its mission primarily through the performance of masterworks and the diverse music of America.
Now entering its second decade, True Concord has become a rising star in the American cultural scene. In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded funding for its American Masterpieces project, featuring works by some of the great American composers of the 20th century. In 2010, the choir was one of three professional choirs, including Chanticleer and the Incheon City Chorale from South Korea, invited to perform at the Western Conference of the American Choral Directors’ Association. That same year the journal of Chorus America, The Voice, published a feature article on the group for its successes in light of the economic downturn.
In 2011, True Concord joined forces with Tucson Symphony Orchestra and UApresents for a special concert: Remembrance and Renewal: A Concert to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001. The program featured Mozart’s Requiem and the premiere of a new oratorio by acclaimed composer Stephen Paulus commissioned by True Concord and Mrs. Dorothy Vanek. The group will release a recording of the oratorio and other recent, previously unrecorded works by Paulus soon. For more information on True Concord, click here.
UA Presents is a department of the University of Arizona, and the campus host for international performing arts. The mission of UA Presents is to educate, enlighten and inspire by bringing performing arts and artists together with the diverse communities of Southern Arizona. In 1926, the University of Arizona began to develop a series of performances open to students and the public, evolving over time to the organization it is today. For more information, visit the UA Presents website.