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Tucson's Yume Japanese Gardens hopes for COVID recovery with spring events

The Yume Japenese Gardens is starting their spring events soon and have opened more of its spaces to the public. Founder Patricia Derrider said that she's excited but expects financial support to be "more difficult" to come by since the start of the pandemic. ... Read more»

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Meditating on music & meaning: Kronos Quartet brings 'A Thousand Thoughts' to Tucson stage

The Kronos Quartet returns to Tucson this Thursday with a multimedia meditation on music and meaning. "A Thousand Thoughts" is a 'live documentary,' merging Sam River's film of the same name about Kronos and their multifaceted projects with live performance by the ensemble. ... Read more»

Beethoven & books: Tucson Symphony and Pima Library to host discussions

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will host a series of free discussions at three Pima County public libraries this fall, in efforts to reach out to a broader audience of Tucsonans.... Read more»

Tucson Symphony celebrates with holiday performances of Handel's 'Messiah"

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform George Frideric Handel's pulse-pounding masterpiece "Messiah," including the joyful Hallelujah Chorus, this weekend.... Read more»

Newly restored Virgin Mary statue returns to San Xavier Mission

After nearly four months of cleaning and restoration, the statue has been returned to its home.... Read more»

$400k donation will endow trumpet chair for Tucson Symphony

A recent contribution from the Connie Hillman Family Foundation will be used to endow a principal trumpet chair in the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, as well as a "Partner with a Player" program to grow the group's underwriting of performers' salaries.... Read more»

Weekend music

The thrill remains the same: Honor BB King and go listen to live music

Like most music lovers, I'm listening to some sweet old B.B. King cuts on Friday. But, recalling the magic of the three times I was lucky enough to see him play, here are a few recommendations for Tucson spots to catch the fleeting magic that is live music this week, including blues, chamber music, and Latin fusion.... Read more»

Composer Robert Rich floats into Tucson

Avant-garde classical composer Robert Rich is one of America's proverbial buried treasures. His work — completely outside the pop music realm and often challenging — ensures that the 51-year-old's immense canon is largely overlooked, except for the most curious fans of modern classical music, as well as the outer fringes of IDM listeners.... Read more»

Opera Distillery brews up new take on Mozart classic

This should not work. Red-and-white checkered tablecloths. Pizza, popcorn and beer served by staff shuttling in and out during the performance. Opera. Opera? Yes, grand opera in a most unusual setting. Where is the solemnity? The dignity? The reserve that accompanies the typical opera experience? The bizarre sets and extreme costumes?... Read more»

Classical music flowers at Desert Song Festival

The third annual event features collaboration by local groups with national guest artists in a celebration of opera & art song, including concerts by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Opera, UA Presents, Tucson Chamber Artists, Arizona Friends of Chamber Music, Tucson Guitar Society and the UA School of Music.... Read more»

ChamberLab concert celebrates series anniversary

ChamberLab — Tucson's alt-classical DIY chamber music project — will celebrate the first anniversary of its quarterly concert series Saturday night with a performance at Cafe Detsa.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Big asteroid will give us a close call

In honor of Heart Health Month, we talked with Gordon Ewy, M.D., director of the University of Arizona's Sarver Heart Center. Also, Herschel Kreloff and Alisha Nichols of the Civic Orchestra of Tucson, and Mark Sykes, head of Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Not too late to protect yourself from cold & flu

Washington contributor Terry Bracy reports on the very full agenda for the new Congress. Then, financial planner Shelly Fishman has the Tuesday Money Maker Report, and nutrition reporter Jack Challem on cold and flu protection. Plus, Tucson Weekly Arts Editor Margaret Regan.... Read more»

Soothing sounds for sheltered pets

The Pima Animal Care Center has collected $10,000 in donations to install a sound system to play relaxing classical music for the stray and unwanted animals awaiting adoption in the Pima County kennel.... Read more»

Indigo Girls seek harmony with Tucson Symphony

The Indigo Girls have been singing together since high school. Along the way, they’ve sold more than 12 million records, including 14 studio albums, three live albums and three greatest hits compilations. The folk duo will join with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra for a performance Saturday.... Read more»

Chamber Music Plus

Show explores composer John Cage’s life and silences

Chamber Plus Southwest this weekend celebrates the centennial of Cage’s birth with “John Cage @ the Cabaret,” an original work by Harry Clark that focuses on the life of the avant garde composer and the impact of 4'33''. ... Read more»

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