BY KATIE STEWART
Tucson Symphony Orchestra conductor George Hanson will open his 19th and final season Sept. 26-28 with a program featuring three American classics.
Performances will be Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. and Sept. 28 at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Music Hall, 260 S. Church Ave.
The concerts will open with Leonard Bernstein’s “Three Dance Episodes” from the 1944 musical “On the Town.”
Bernstein is among Hanson’s favorite composers, and became Hanson’s friend and mentor after they met at Indiana University.
“His remarkable personality, which I remember so well, is reflected in every note he put on paper,” Hanson said.
Hanson will reunite with another friend, acclaimed pianist Alain Lefèvre, for George Gershwin’s “Piano Concerto in F.”
Lefèvre has been saluted by the international press for his “phenomenal technique” and as a pianist who “breaks the mold.”
After hearing Lefèvre, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s David Patrick Stearns raved: “I’ve heard perhaps the single greatest performance of Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F.”
The program will conclude with Aaron Copland’s “Symphony No. 3,” considered by many to be the essential American symphony. It features his well known and much loved “Fanfare for the Common Man.”
Tickets cost $28 to $84 and are available online at tucsonsymphony.org, by phone at 882-8585 or at the TSO Box Office, 2175 N. Sixth Ave. New box office hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.