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2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival: Latin

Ana María Martínez, Bobby McFerrin and Kristin Chenoweth headline a stellar Tucson Desert Song Festival 2019 Latin Celebration!


For Immediate Release: Friday, June 8, 2018

What: 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival: Latin

When: January 15 to February 5, 2019

See below for full schedule, or visit

Where: Concerts take place in different venues around Tucson:

Tucson Music Hall

Leo Rich Theater

Fox Tucson Theatre

Pima Community College Center for the Arts

Crowder Hall, Fred Fox School of Music

Holsclaw Hall, Fred Fox School of Music

Catalina Foothills High School Theatre

Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Cost/Admission: Each TDSF partner assigns prices to its event. Visit for more information.

Contacts: George Hanson, Festival Director,

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Latin American and Spanish music saturate the 2019 Tucson Desert Song Festival, Jan. 15 - Feb. 5, with nine local organizations welcoming such major guest artists as Grammy Award-winning Ana María Martínez, Jessica Rivera and Bobby McFerrin, and Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth. Programming stretches from the Spanish Baroque through romantic opera and classical song to tango, jazz and Broadway.

“The Latin theme is such a natural for Tucson,” said Festival Director George Hanson. “Our festival uses broad themes to tie together a wide variety of performing groups and repertoire. You will hear vocal stars of the opera stage, as well as Broadway and jazz— Latin singers, Latin composers, and the chance to learn what really makes up the many facets of Latin style.”

Ebullient Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth launches the festival in a special, one-night performance with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. The True Concord choir and chamber players will dominate the festival’s first weekend, with three performances of Latin American choral music. For high contrast, the Tucson Jazz Festival will feature a special concert by innovative vocalist Bobby McFerrin (whose father, incidentally, was an operatic baritone, the first African American man to sing at the Metropolitan Opera).


The following weekend, the Arizona Early Music Society hosts soprano Nell Snaidas, who got her start in Spanish zarzuelas but now concentrates on Italian and Spanish Baroque music. She will collaborate with Chatham Baroque on an afternoon of early Spanish music. Mid-week, the Fred Fox School of Music presents scenes from Llantos 1492, the world's first flamenco opera by composer and guitarist Adam del Monte. This concert version features five singers; Roberto Perlas Gomez, Bernardo Bermudez, Clara Rodriguez, Jose Cortes, Shana Blake Hill, and a piano reduction of the score with Mercedes Juan Musotto (piano) and Adam del Monte (guitar).

The extended, performance-packed third weekend includes soprano Jessica Rivera, cellist Antonio Lysy and friends (including tango dancers) in Lysy’s multimedia show, Te Amo, Argentina, courtesy of the Arizona Friends of Chamber Music. The concert includes classical vocal and instrumental works, and tangos by such Argentine masters as Astor Piazzolla and Carlos Gardel. Piazzolla is also the focus of a three-performance collaboration between Ballet Tucson and the Tucson Guitar Society titled Viva Piazzolla!

Giuseppe Verdi’s beloved La Traviata is an opera written by an Italian and set in France, but its Latino contribution to the festival in an Arizona Opera production is its two up-and-coming lead singers, Vanessa Vasquez and Daniel Montenegro as the lovers Violetta and Alfredo. Daniel Sutin also joins the cast as Alfredo’s stern yet compassionate father.

The festival closes with a UA Presents solo recital by one of today’s foremost sopranos, Ana María Martínez. The Puerto Rican singer dominates international opera houses in all the major Verdi and Puccini roles, but she has also widely performed and recorded Spanish music on her own and with Plácido Domingo.

Tickets are available from the individual presenting organizations.


Thursday, January 17, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall) Tucson Symphony Orchestra: Kristin Chenoweth in recital

Friday, January 18, 2019 7:00 p.m. (St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, Green Valley) True Concord: Choral Music of Latin America

Saturday, January 19, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Catalina Foothills High School) True Concord: Choral Music of Latin America

Sunday, January 20, 2019 3:00 p.m. (Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church) True Concord: Choral Music of Latin America

Sunday, January 20, 2019 TBD (Fox Tucson Theatre) Tucson Jazz Festival: Bobby McFerrin in recital

Sunday, January 27, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church) Arizona Early Music Society: Nell Snaidas and Chatham Baroque: Repertorio Español,,

Monday, January 28, 2019 7:00 p.m. (Location TBD) Panel Discussion: What is Latin Style? With Jose Luis Gomez and George Hanson

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Crowder Hall, University of Arizona Main Campus) Fred Fox School of Music: Llantos 1492 

Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Leo Rich Theatre) Arizona Friends of Chamber Music: Te Amo, Argentina

Friday, February 1, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Pima Community College Center for the Arts) Ballet Tucson and Tucson Guitar Society: Viva Piazzolla!,

Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:00 p.m. (Pima Community College Center for the Arts) Ballet Tucson and Tucson Guitar Society: Viva Piazzolla!,

Saturday, February 2, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall) Arizona Opera: La Traviata

Sunday, February 3, 2019 1:00 p.m. (Pima Community College Center for the Arts) Ballet Tucson and Tucson Guitar Society: Viva Piazzolla!

Sunday, February 3, 2019 2:00 p.m. (Tucson Music Hall) Arizona Opera: La Traviata

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 7:30 p.m. (Crowder Hall, Fred Fox School of Music) UA Presents: Ana Maria Martínez in recital