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Tucson composers’ works to debut in orchestra season


The 2012-2013 Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra season will feature five local composers, including two world premieres by Tucson artists, “Running the Rim” by Jay Vosk, which opens the series in October, and “Landscapes” by Peter Fine, which will conclude the series in May.

The Vosk premiere will be performed Oct. 6 and 7. Vosk, a former New Yorker who has made Tucson his home since 1980, taught a Jewish music course at the University of Arizona for several years. “Running the Rim,” which is inspired by the Grand Canyon, reflects “a lot of the energy of being a New Yorker coming to Tucson,” Vosk told he AJP. The piece also pays homage to Leonard Bernstein, a great influence on him as a child, says Vosk, who was recently commissioned to write a piece for the National Symphony Orchestra.

SASO’s venues for the 2012-2013 season are DesertView Performing Arts Center in Saddlebrooke, which will host the Oct. 6 concert at 7 p.m., and St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, where the Oct. 7 concert will be held at 3 p.m. Those concerts also will feature Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, known as the Emperor Concerto, with soloist James Dick, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor.

For more information, including the complete season schedule, go to or call 308-6226.