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Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra

February 8 @ 12:31 am

Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra

Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra
April 2, Sunday, 7:00 p.m.
Holsclaw Hall, $Free
Info: tucsonguitarsociety.org

In 2004, Jeff McKee, president of the Tucson Guitar Society, started an ensemble consisting of six to eight members, of varying experience and skill, who enjoyed playing together. Requirements to join were simple: membership in the Guitar Society and the ability to read music. In 2009, Ian Stuart, the new chairman of the Guitar Society, made Gabriel Navia the orchestra’s first conductor and artistic director. The ensemble, now called the Tucson Guitar Society Orchestra (TGSO), added a few members, began rehearsing a more challenging repertoire, and played its first performance at Holsclaw Hall in December 2010. The guest soprano soloist was Valquiria Pomme who sang the aria “Cantilena” from Villa-Lobos’ “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5.” When Gabriel Navia returned to Brazil in the summer of 2013, José Luis Puerta, an original member of the orchestra and a doctoral candidate at the University of Arizona, was asked to take over as conductor and artistic director. The TGSO performed its winter concert under his baton, with soloists Juan Merello, theorbo, and Kaitlyn Miller, violin, at Grace St. Paul’s Church in December 2013. The orchestra’s first performance outside of Tucson was at the Guitar Foundation of America (GFA) regional conference at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona, in March of 2014. They also participated in the Arizona Ensemble Festival at Glendale Community College as part of an 85-player guitar ensemble! In October 2014, ten representatives of the TGSO performed Shingo Fujii’s Concierto de Los Angeles, with Bill Kanengiser as a soloist, as part of an all-Arizona Guitar Orchestra which toured Tucson, Tempe, and Flagstaff.


February 8, 2023
12:31 am
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N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719
N Olive Rd, Tucson, AZ 85719