Mozart, to begin TSO's ’11
Contributed photo, Aaron Boyd is concertmaster for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, which presents the MasterWorks program “Marvelous Mozart” Jan. 7-9 in three area performances.

Two popular works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as well as the Tucson premiere of a musical composition with a local tie-in are featured in January during “Marvelous Mozart,” the MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra Series program presented by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

TSO Music Director and Conductor George Hanson is conducting performances of “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and the “Symphony No. 40 in G minor” at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive. Hanson also will conduct an informative chat prior to the concert, at 7 p.m.

“Mozart’s ‘Eine kleine Nachtmusik’ and ‘Symphony No. 40,’ the Great G minor, are two of Mozart’s most beloved works,” noted Hanson. “They are both in the classical Top 40.”

Opening the concerts is performance of the musical composition “long ago, this radiant day” by TSO’s composer-in-residence, Dan Coleman.

Originally titled “Serenade No. 13 for strings in G major,” “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” was not published until 1827, long after Mozart’s death. Mozart’s “40th Symphony” was composed in about six weeks in the summer of 1788 along with his 39th and 41st symphonies. For many years, scholars believed the composer may have never heard his final three symphonies performed. Mozart, however, had revised the original version of Symphony No. 40 to include two clarinet parts, and so it seems highly likely that he did so after the piece was performed in the spring of 1791.

“long ago, this radiant day” is one of Coleman’s most widely performed works, but it has never been played in Tucson, his hometown. The New York Times called the piece “a sweetly melancholy work in an accessible style” after a 2001 performance in Lincoln Center.

MasterWorks single tickets, priced $30-$40, are available at the TSO Box Office, 2175 N. Sixth Ave.; by phone at 882-8585; and online at

The MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra Series receives media support from The Explorer and Classical KUAT-FM.

SAACA’s MasterWorks Mozart at St. Andrew’s

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will kick off the new year and its 2011 MasterWorks Chamber Orchestra Series program “Marvelous Mozart” on Friday, Jan. 7, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo del Norte.

Presented by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, this special performance features two popular works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and “Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.” Both pieces represent a major work of inventiveness that only Mozart could fashion, a release said.

Guests can hear the Tucson premiere of “long ago, this radiant day,” an air for chamber orchestra written by Dan Coleman, TSO composer-in-residence.

The 8 p.m. concert is preceded by an informative chat at 7 by George Hanson, TSO music director and conductor.

Audiences can expect an evening of beautifully played music, as each piece in the MasterWorks series was carefully chosen for the instrumental clarity offered by the concerts’ intimate performance space — a unique element produced by a mid-sized venue, SAACA said.

“The lovely, predominantly wood enclosure at St. Andrew’s provides excellent acoustics, which musicians have claimed to be the best in Tucson,” said SAACA Executive Director Kate Marquez.

Tickets start at $33, with discounts available on package purchases. They can be ordered online at or by calling 797-3959, ext. 2.

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