“The Tucson Symphony Orchestra will perform the American premiere of a new work by one of Mexico’s most prominent composers,” writes Cathalena Burch in Wednesday’s (1/23) Arizona Daily Star (Tucson). “This weekend’s performances, featuring Venezuela-born trumpeter Pacho Flores, will be only the second time Arturo Márquez’s ‘Autumn Concerto’ for trumpet and orchestra will be performed…. The piece … was co-commissioned by a consortium of orchestras, including … Japan’s Hyogo PAC Orchestra, Spain’s Oviedo Filarmonía and the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, which performed the work in September…. ‘Being able to be in this consortium gives Tucson the opportunity to have the U.S. premiere, which is very exciting,’ said TSO music director José Luis Gomez…. Flores … has had new works composed for him by a number of contemporary composers. But … recruiting a Mexican composer of Márquez’s stature … fulfills the trumpeter’s twin missions of creating … ‘more and more the trumpet concertos, especially with Latin composers.’ … Flores [and] Gomez … are products of the prestigious El Sistema music program in their native Venezuela…. Gomez said the orchestra’s role in the Márquez commission consortium is the first of many … planned future commissioning projects.”

Posted January 24, 2019