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Kronos Quartet makes 21st century classical music

The Kronos Quartet is famous for electrifying classical music. Literally. Their use of sound augmentation, pre-recorded tapes, and guest musicians while adapting music by Jimi Hendrix, Thelonious Monk and a world-wide cadre of composers creates classical music that is both cool and modern. ... Read more»

TSO takes on Mozart, Beethoven

Tucson Symphony digs deep, hits high note

Coming back from a near-death experience last year, the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, led by George Hanson, gave a life-affirming performance of Beethoven's "Eroica" symphony.... Read more»

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Mozart Concerto will give conductor a double workout

It's not exactly TV's Undercover Boss, but Hanson, starting his fifteenth year as conductor and musical director with the TSO, is renewing kinship with his musicians after budget cuts.... Read more»

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music opens 63rd season quietly

Czech group brings Euro-cool to classical music premiere

The Czech Nonet displayed superb musicianship and control when they performed the first concert of the season for the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music on Wednesday. The performance featured the premiere of UA composer Daniel Asia's latest work.... Read more»1

Tucson composer premieres latest work

UA's Daniel Asia offers new Nonet for classical repertoire

One of the longest running chamber ensembles in the world, the Czech Nonet, will perform the latest work by Tucson composer Daniel Asia on Wednesday.... Read more»

Poland pays homage to its 'Elvis' - Chopin

Frederic Chopin never painted a mural, never sang jazz, rapped or even wrote an opera. But organizers of this year's celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of his birth are using all of those elements to bring to life Poland's greatest composer.... Read more»

'David Dunn: Thresholds and Fragile States'

MOCA Sounds/Defining Music ends season Thursday

The MOCA Sounds/ Defining Music season will end Thursday with a lecture and performance by composer and sound artist David Dunn. ... Read more»

Classical music, with a Syrian twist

Conductor Missak Baghboudarian is leading the effort to bring classical music to Syria, and even if he has to throw in some Arabic sounds to engage his audience, it looks as though he’s succeeding.... Read more»

Weekend preview: Good things come in threes

Perhaps you are the sort for whom a hike in this heat sounds like a fate worse than death. If so, here are three options for each weekend day to keep you cool.... Read more»

2nd Saturdays Downtown

Second chance for downtown Saturdays

The launch of 2nd Saturdays Downtown is Saturday from 5-10 p.m., and features live music at several venues, an outdoor stage, and out on the thoroughfare. Does this new event have the formula for resurrecting a downtown tradition?... Read more»

Under the influence: Gabriel Sullivan

Gabriel Sullivan is one of the hardest-working musicians in Tucson. If you have seen local live music in the last year or so, chances are good you have seen Sullivan onstage. Now, he prepares to debut his composition for string quartet at Chamberlab I.... Read more»

Weekend preview: Called by the Muses

Spring is in full force, and despite all the blooming and birth around you, perhaps you feel a bit uninspired. Never fear. These ten weekend events are at least as likely to locate your inner muse as your GPS is.... Read more»4

Pulitzer Prizes

Pulitzer winners include ex-Citizen photog, online news site ProPublica

The 2010 Pulitzer Prize winners in journalism categories and arts and letters were announced today.The most surprising recipient was Sheri Fink, a writer for nonprofit online news site and Sentinel wire service, who won the Pulitzer for investigative reporting for her series of articles about a hospital in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. ... Read more»

Tucson arts groups advised to increase private funding

Michael W. Kaiser, president of The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts told Tucson arts leaders Monday that groups that all arts nonprofits, and particularly ethnically diverse groups, need to increase private funding.... Read more»

Music profile

Musician Mark Growden finds his bearings

On the heels of his newest and finest release to date, "Saint Judas," musician Mark Growden arrived in Tucson to practice new songs with a Tucson ensemble, and to play a pair of shows at The Screening Room this weekend. They are simply not to be missed, by longtime fans or uninitiated music buffs.... Read more»

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