2023-2024 Season

2023-2024 Season

The Civic Orchestra of Tucson
Welcomes you to our 48th Season of Presenting Free Concerts

Keun Oh, Music Director

We look forward to presenting a varied program of great music to celebrate our 48th season. Thank you for supporting the orchestra by attending our concerts and making much-appreciated donations. We look forward to seeing you at our free concerts and also at our Benefit concert in February that supports our Young Artists’ Competition.

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SYMPHONIC POTPOURRI
Free Concerts in October


Saturday, October 21, 2023 ~ 3:00 pm
Sahuarita District Auditorium
350 W Sahuarita Rd, Sahuarita
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Sunday, October 22, 2023 ~ 3:00 pm
Catalina Foothills High School
4300 E Sunrise Dr, Tucson
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Edward Grieg ~ Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Wolfgang A. Mozart ~ Violin Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 1
with Ayla Moreno, 2023 Young Artists’ Competition Winner
Aaron Copland ~ Evening Waltz and Hoedown from Rodeo
Johannes Brahms ~ Symphony #2


SYMPHONIC POTPOURRI
Free Concert

Sunday, November 19, 2023 ~ 4:00 pm
Canyon Del Oro Riverfront Park
551 Lambert Lane, Oro Valley

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Johannes Brahms ~ Symphony #2, Mvt. 4
Edward Grieg ~ Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Aaron Copland ~ Evening Waltz and Hoedown from Rodeo
Gabriel Fauré ~ Pavane
Pops Selections


BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH

Free Concert in December

Sunday, December 3, 2022 ~ 3:00 pm 
El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort
10000 N Oracle Rd, Tucson
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Ludwig van Beethoven ~ Egmont Overture
Gioachino Rossini ~ Thieving Magpie Overture
Gabriel Fauré ~ Pavane
George Frideric Handel
~ Harp Concerto
with Denielle Eliason, COT Principal Harpist
Holiday Favorites

Concert sponsored by El Conquistador, a Hilton Resort


SCÈNES DE BALLET
Benefit Event

Saturday, February 17, 2024 ~ 3:00 pm
Pima Community College Center for the Arts, West Campus
2202 W Anklam Rd, Tucson

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Gustav Holst ~ Mars from “The Planets”
Wolfgang A. Mozart ~ Piano Concerto No. 20, Mvt. 1
with Hannah Kim, 2023 Young Artists’ Competition Winner
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ~ Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ~ Excerpts from Swan Lake
Aaron Copland ~ Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

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ROMANTIC JOURNEY
Free Concerts in March

Sunday, March 17, 2024 ~ 3:30 pm
Crowder Hall, UA Fred Fox School of Music
1017 N Olive Road, Tucson
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Saturday, March 23, 2024 ~ 3:00 pm
Canyon Del Oro High School
25 W Calle Concordia, Oro Valley
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Dancers from Ballet Continental in Green Valley will perform at both concerts.

Program for the March 17 Concert at Crowder Hall ~

Felix Mendelssohn ~ Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)
Gabriel Fauré ~ Pavane (with dancers)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
~ Excerpts from Swan Lake
Wolfgang A. Mozart ~ Flute Concerto No. 1 in G, Mvt. 1
with Fran Moskovitz, COT Principal Flute
Emmanuel Séjourné ~ Concerto No. 1 for Marimba and Strings, Mvt. 3
with Marcus Hawkins, COT Percussionist
~ Intermission ~

Young Artists’ Competition Awards Presentation
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
~ Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky ~ Excerpts from Swan Lake

Program for the March 23 Concert at CDO High School ~

This special Inclusive and Sensory-Friendly Concert is
in partnership with the Autism Society of Southern Arizona.
Audience members are welcome to sample the rhythm instruments
in front of the stage before the concert.
The program will be performed without intermission.

Introduction to the Orchestra
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
~ Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Gabriel Fauré
~ Pavane (with dancers)
Felix Mendelssohn
~ Hebrides Overture (Fingal’s Cave)
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
~ Excerpts from Swan Lake

This concert is sponsored in part by the Autism Society of Southern Arizona


HEROINES AND HEROES
Free Concerts in May


Saturday, May 4, 2024 ~ 3:00 pm
Valley Presbyterian Church
2800 S Camino Del Sol, Green Valley
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Sunday, May 5, 2024 ~ 7:00 pm
DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center
Reid Park, 900 S Randolph Way, Tucson
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arr. Calvin Custer ~ A Tribute to Henry Mancini
John Powell, arr. Sean O’Loughlin ~ How to Train Your Dragon
Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, arr. Bob Krogstad ~ Music from FROZEN


Performances by 2024 Young Artists’ Competition Winners (May 4 concert only)

Felix Mendelssohn ~ Violin Concerto in E minor, Mvt. 1
Riley Blute, 2024 Young Artists’ Competition 1st Place Winner, Sr. Strings Division, piano accompaniment by Kathryn Barrera

Bedřich Smetana ~ Piano Trio in G minor, Mvt. 1
Horizon Trio: Hannah Lui (piano), Joshua Thai (violin), Mei-Mei Turner (cello)
2024 Young Artists’ Competition Ensemble Division Winner


John Williams, arr. Jerry Brubaker ~ Harry Potter Symphonic Suite

Duke Ellington~ Highlights from “Sophisticated Lady” (May 5 Concert only)

Hans Zimmer and Klaus Badelt ~ Pirates of the Caribbean (May 5 Concert only)

 Ludwig Van Beethoven ~ Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 4

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Our 2023–2024 season is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts


and also by the City of Tucson, Marshall Foundation, and Camber Accounting.