Schedule of Events

The second annual Tucson Desert Song Festival showcases the French flair for tenderness and wit. Our featured stars from America’s leading opera houses and recital venues will perform works by Debussy, Ravel, Berlioz, Poulenc and others. The lectures, master classes and recitals, hosted by the UA School of Music and our guest performers, bring a depth and breadth to the festival for those of all ages, yearning to learn more about the composers and the pieces performed, and to increase one’s enjoyment and appreciation of the music.

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For more information about specific performances read the descriptions below the calendar.



January 30 January 31 February 1 February 2
UA School of Music Tucson Chamber Artists Arizona Friends of Chamber Music Arizona Opera  
Intimate and Fascinating Thing Called Song Mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor Ravinia Steans Music Institute on Tour La Bohème
A Discovery Talk by Paula Fan Fox Theater TCC Leo Rich Theater TCC Music Hall
UA Crowder Hall 7:30 p.m. 3 p.m. 2 p.m.
7:30 p.m. Tickets Tickets
Free and open to the public   Arizona Opera 
Concurrent Cultural Event
    La Bohème  
    TCC Music Hall  
    7:30 p.m.  
  Concurrent Cultural Event
February 6 February 7 February 8 February 9
Tucson Guitar Society UApresents Tucson Symphony Orchestra Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Soprano Michelle Areyzaga and guitarist René Izquierdo Bahia Orchestra Project Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano  Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano
UA Holsclaw Hall UA Centennial Hall Catalina Foothills HS Catalina Foothills HS
7 p.m. 8 p.m. 8 p.m. 2 p.m.
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  Concurrent Cultural Event    
      UA School of Music
      An Evening of French Mélodie
      UA Holsclaw Hall
      7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public


February 13 February 14 February 15 February 16
UApresents Tucson Symphony Orchestra Tucson Symphony Orchestra Tucson Symphony Orchestra
Recital by soprano Christine Goerke The Damnation of Faust Songs Without Words The Damnation of Faust
UA Crowder Hall TCC Music Hall Tucson Symphony Center 2175 North 6th Avenue TCC Music Hall
7:30 p.m. 8 p.m. 2 p.m. 2 p.m.
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Unraveling Art Song   Ballet Tucson Ballet Tucson
Pre-concert lecture by Matt Mugmon   Carmen & Daphnis and Chloe Carmen & Daphnis and Chloe 
UA Music Buidling   Temple of Music and Art Temple of Music and Art
Room 146   7 p.m. 1 & 5 p.m.
6:45 p.m.   Tickets  Tickets
Free and open to the public      



Special Event: 

Tuesday, February 4—Recital of finalists’ songs from the K-12 Songwriting Competition. UA Holsclaw Hall, 7 p.m. Free and Open to the Public


Master Classes

Free and Open to the Public


January 31 February 1 February 4 February 5
Pianist Kevin Murphy Soprano Kelley O’Conner Guitarist Rene Izquierdo Guitarist Rene Izquierdo
Leo Rich Theatre UA School of Music Room 162 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. Slonaker House Slonaker House
February 13 February 14 February 15  
Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano Soprano Christine Goerke Tenor William Burden and bass Jordan Bisch  
UA Holsclaw Hall UA Crowder Hall UA Crowder Hall  
3:30 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.






Description of Performances

January 30, 2014

From the pop-tinged stylings of today’s American songwriters to the subtle yearnings of the world famous composers of Lieder and mélodie, song is all about how you feel.  One of America’s foremost accompanists and a Tucson favorite, pianist Paula Fan will explore the collaboration of poet and composer, singer and instrumentalist, to bring to life this most visceral yet intimate form of communication in a performance called, “Intimate and Fascinating Thing Called Song“.  This presentation, part lecture, part performances by three outstanding voice students from UA School of Music, soprano Yunnie Park, mezzo Stephanie Brink, and baritone Seth Kershisnik, will be followed by a Q&A session.   There will be a meet and greet reception in the lobby of Holsclaw Hall following.

This event is co-sponsored by the Confluencenter and the School of Music
Free and open to the public.


January 31, 2014

Collaborating with mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor, the choral and orchestral forces of Eric Holtan’s Tucson Chamber Artists present their 10th-anniversary signature event, featuring three chansons by Debussy, Ravel’s Shéhérazade, and Duruflé’s Requiem. The single performance will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theater. Tickets

February 1, 2014

The Arizona Friends of Chamber Music‘s Piano & Friends series presents The Ravinia Steans Music Institute on Tour, featuring soprano Nadine Sierra, tenor David Margulis, baritone Nathaniel Olson, and pianist Kevin Murphy. The single performance will be at 3 p.m. at the Tucson Convention Center’s Leo Rich Theater. Tickets

February 1-2, 2014: Concurrent Cultural Activity

Arizona Opera presents Puccini’s La Bohème with Danielle Pastin and Jason Slayden (Feb. 1) and Corinne Winters and Zach Borichevsky (Feb. 2); Joel Revzen conducts. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. Tickets

February 4, 2014

Finalists in the K–12 Songwriting Competition will perform their original pieces in a public recital at 7 p.m. in the UA music building’s Holsclaw Hall. They will be adjudicated by a panel of educators and prizes will be awarded the top two winners in each category: K–5, 6–8, and 9–12. Free and open to the public.

February 6, 2014 

Soprano Michelle Areyzaga and guitarist René Izquierdo team up for a special recital of love songs presented by the Tucson Guitar Society at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in the University of Arizona’s Holsclaw Recital Hall. Tickets

February 7, 2014: Concurrent Cultural Activity

Courtesy of UApresents, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet is featured with conductor Ricardo Castro and the Bahia Orchestra Project in a concert including Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and music of Revueltas, Villa-Lobos and Márquez. The single performance will be at 8 p.m. at the UA’s Centennial Hall. Tickets

February 8-9, 2014

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and conductor George Hanson welcome mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano for Les Nuits d’été by Berlioz and Ravel’s Three Poems of Stéphane Mallarmé. Chamber-orchestra works by Berlioz and Ravel complete the programs at  Catalina Foothills High School on Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and  on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets

February 9, 2014

In An Evening of French Mélodie, the stars of tomorrow, students at the UA School of Music, will perform a varied program of music by favorite French composers at 7 p.m. in the UA music building’s Holsclaw Hall. Many of these performers have won awards in the art song genre and have trained at such international artsong venues as the Vancouver Song Festival and Songfest.  Free and open to the public.

February 13, 2014

UApresents features soprano Christine Goerke and pianist Kathleen Kelly in a recital including Poulenc’sLa Courte Paille, Gluck’s  Divinités du Styx, and selections from Berg, Gershwin, Carter, and Sondheim. It takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the UA’s Crowder Hall.  Tickets

February 13, 2014

Unraveling Art Song, a pre-concert lecture by UA School of Music musicologist Matt Mugmon,

What are art songs, and how should you listen to them? How do they differ from other kinds of vocal music, such as operas, oratorios, and popular songs? How do composers, poets, singers, pianists, and audiences interact to define the art song experience? This overview of the captivating genre of art song – a genre with roots more than a thousand years old – will introduce you to Christine Goerke’s program and will place a special emphasis on how to appreciate the songs both as works of art and as reflections of their historical contexts. UA School of Music Building, Room 146.  Free and open to the public.

February 14 & 16, 2014

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is at full force with conductor George Hanson for a concert performance of The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz. Soloists are Jennifer Johnson Cano, William Burden and Jordan Bisch, with the Tucson Symphony Chorus also participating. Performances are at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 and 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Tucson Convention Center Music Hall. Tickets

February 15, 2014

In a festival exclusive, KUAZ classical music director James Reel and pianist Winston Choi collaborate on a performance and conversation revolving around songs without words—vocal music transformed into piano solos by the likes of Liszt and Mendelssohn—at 2 p.m. on the stage of the Tucson Symphony Center. Tickets

February 15-16, 2014

The second annual Tucson Desert Song Festival concludes with a Ballet Tucson production of Carmen and Daphnis and ChloeCarmen will be enhanced with live music and vocals by guest soloist, mezzo-soprano Janara Kellerman who will perform three famous arias. Also performed will be the premiere of Danses à la Française. Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and at 1 and 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Temple of Music and Art. Tickets

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