Music in the Southwest Part 2: The Tucson Symphony Orchestra

October 3, 2014 9:41 PM

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There have been occasions when the American basketball Dream Team has been beaten by a team from a little itty-bitty country because that latter team plays real team ball, and the most famous guys just can't make it happen together. Sometimes this happens in the music world as well. And when it does it is pretty amazing. Now to be sure, music is not a competitive art, all those silly competitions notwithstanding. It is supposed to be, or at least aims at, transcendence.

Something amazing happened in Tucson over the last weekend, when the Tucson Symphony Orchestra played an all-American program of music by Bernstein, Gershwin, and Copland to open its new season. Sorry for mixing my metaphors, but the orchestra, and its music director and conductor George Hanson and ...

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