The Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra breaks new ground in this, its 30th anniversary season, with its international debut in China, a premiere and more.

After opening concerts Oct. 4 and 11, the season's second concert features a premiere by composer Alan Schultz, who served as SASO music director for 15 years, and Orff's "Carmina Burana" with multiple choruses. This program is presented Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Catalina Foothills High School, and at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 22 at 3 p.m.

Following the orchestra's China tour in late December and early January, the next concert is Feb. 14 and 21 featuring Tucson Symphony Orchestra cellist Zoran Stilin performing the Elgar "Concerto for Cello, Op. 85 in E minor." The program also includes Gounod's "Funeral March of a Marionette," Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite No. 1" and Ginestera's "Estancia Ballet Suite."

For the April 11 and 18 concerts, SASO joins with soprano Christi Amonson and the Southern Arizona Opera Company to present Franz Lehar's operetta "The Merry Widow."

The 30th anniversary SASO season concludes June 6 and 13 with Sibelius' "Symphony No. 2," plus Barber's "Adagio for Strings." Pierre Herbineaux will be featured in the unusual "Concerto for Harmonica and Chamber Orchestra" by Vosk.

The final three concerts will be presented first at SaddleBrooke and the following week at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. For more detailed information call 323-7166 or visit or call 323-7166.

Season tickets for concerts in SaddleBrooke are $75, with individual tickets at $20. They can be purchased in advance at MountainView Country Club at SaddleBrooke. Call 825-5318 or visit Tickets also will be on sale at the door for $22.

Five-concert Tucson season tickets are also $75, with individual tickets at $20. They may be purchased in advance online at or by calling 323-7166. Tickets also will be sold at the door for $20. Children 17 and under are admitted free.

A special guest conductor for SASO Sunday

There will be a special guest conductor for one piece at the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra's 30th season-opening performance this Sunday, Oct. 4.

Kenneth Kim, a resident of The Preserve at SaddleBrooke, takes the baton for "The Thunder and Lightning Polka" by Strauss.

Kenneth bid on the opportunity to conduct at last spring's SASO Gala.

The performance begins at 3 p.m. Sunday at the DesertView Performing Arts Center at SaddleBrooke.

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