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Tohono O'odham Cultural Center and MuseumThe TSO will be performing for the Tohono O'odham Nation on May 1, 2010.  The symphony's day-long residency in Sells will include a TSO String Quartet recital for the Nation's elders at the Archie Hendricks Senior Skilled Nursing Facility, a TSO Wind Quintet "Just for Kids" concert for children too young to attend the evening concert, and an evening performance featuring the entire TSO.

On the program for the evening concert will be TSO Concertmaster Aaron Boyd, performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 5, as well as Dvorák's Symphony No. 6 and the overture to Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro."

The TSO's appearance is made possible through a partnership between the orchestra and the Tohono O'odham Nation Cultural Center and Museum, along with support from the Tohono O’odham Senior Services Department, the Sells Recreation Center (Tohono O’odham Nation Education Department), the Archie Hendricks Senior Skilled Nursing Facility and the Indian Oasis-Baboquivari Unified School District.  Please read the TSO press release for more information.

UPDATE: The orchestra had a wonderful time performing for the Tohono O'odham community.  We were touched by their hospitality, and hope to have the honor of performing for them again in the near future.  Please see the Arizona Daily Star article for more about the TSO's trip to Sells.

 
Happy trails PDF Print E-mail

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.

 

 

 

 
Welcome new musicians! PDF Print E-mail

During the 2009-10 season, we welcomed several new musicians to the TSO family.  They are Aaron Boyd (concertmaster), Xiao-Dan Zheng (principal cello), Theodore Buchholz (section cello), and Joshua Bledsoe (acting principal trombone for the 2009-10 season).  Please see their bios under "Musicians" to learn more about each of them.

 
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