Thanks to these wonderful musicians who have left their musical mark on the Tucson Symphony. We wish you luck in your future endeavors!
Michael Sherline, tuba, retired after 30 years with the TSO. Asked about his plans for the future, Mike responded, "travel, play with Tucson Pops, play chamber music, work on becoming a cranky old man." Describing his career highlight with the TSO: "In the late 80's, the TSO played for the Opera and we performed Lohengrin. Also, Mahler's 6th Symphony. I feel very good about the future of the orchestra because of all the wonderful musicians; playing with them has been the highlight of my time with the TSO."
Principal Trumpet Edward Reid, who joined the TSO in 1987, also retired at the end of the 2009-2010 season. He will be continuing as Professor of Trumpet at the University of Arizona School of Music, a post he has held since 1994. He hopes to "continue performing outside of Arizona; a trip to Australia, two trips to China, and another to Morelia, Mexico are planned in the next 9 months. Promote international outreach through UA graduate students offering residencies throughout Mexico. Become a 4.0 tennis player." When asked about his TSO career highlights, he responded, "Wow.... that's hard to answer. There are five answers that come to mind:
1. Performing the Shostakovich Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Strings with Emanuel Ax as piano soloist
2. Performing with LA recording studio greats Malcolm McNab and Rick Baptist in the TSO (different concerts)
3. Supporting and defending a fellow musician when he was being unfairly condemned for poor playing
4. Having the opportunity to perform with dozens of my students in the section.
5. Performing with many wonderful colleagues throughout the years in an array of diverse situations."
William Balentine, oboe, who has been a member of the TSO since 1981, will also be retiring at the end of the 2009-10 season. He will remain in Tucson, overseeing his piccolo factory and continuing to work as a highly in demand woodwind repairman.
Lindabeth Binkley, Principal Oboe since 1998, has left the TSO to join the faculty of Central Michigan University, her alma mater. Audiences can still hear her perform at St. Andrew's Bach Society concerts, where she will also be continuing as Music Director of the summer concert series in Tucson.