Soloists for the 2012-2013 Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra season, include seven professional guest artists. All soloists are traditional instrumentalists/voices, and include pianist-soprano-violist-mezzo soprano-female vocal quartet-flutist-violinist, and a skilled amateur Youth Concerto Competition winner to be selected in March. Every concert will feature at least one soloist. In addition, Orhan Saliel from Turkey will be guest conductor for the second program on Nov. 17  and Nov. 18.

 Oct. 6 and Oct. 7 ushers in the new season and the opening concert will feature James Dick playing a Beethoven piano concerto. Mezzo soprano Kristin Dauphinais is the first of two popular return artists and will solo in Manuel de Falla’s El Amor Brujo on Nov. 17 and Nov. 18.

Christi Amonson soprano, is also returning on Feb. 23 and Feb. 24 and will be featured in two works: “If Life Were As It Seems”, a new work by Richard White and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. The White opus also calls for a female quartet who will be announced later. Hong-Mei Xiao will perform Hindemith’s  Viola Concerto, Der Schwanendreher.

 James Strauss will perform two works for solo flute in “Tattoo Notes James Strauss” by Roger Davis and Howard Hanson’s Serenade on  the April 6 & 7 concerts. The Youth Concerto Competition winner will also be featured. The season’s final program on May 18 and 19 will feature the Saint-Saens Violin Concerto No. 3 in B minor performed by Francisca Mendoza.

Future articles will present the complete concert programs. Concerts are performed on Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. at SaddleBrooke, and in Oro Valley on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m.

At SaddleBrooke, concerts are presented at Desert View Performing Arts Auditorium and in Oro Valley at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. Season tickets are now available for both sites. For tickets, orchestra, and performing membership information, go to;

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