A free concert (donations accepted of course) in midtown at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal church on June 22.
I’ve heard this orchestra before and they are wonderful. Sounds like a enriching event for a hot June afternoon.
More info at www.tucsonrepertoryorchestra.org.
Infomation about conductor Toru Tagawa:
Toru, from Hiroshima, Japan, started playing the violin at age 6, and joined the Kurashiki Junior Philharmonic Orchestra at age 10. He received his Violin Performance degrees from the University of Tulsa (BM) and the Florida State University (MM), and a Music Education degree (MME) from the University of Arizona. His main Violin teachers include, Steven Moeckel, Gary Kosloski, Elliot Chapo, Derry Deane, and Mikio Ejima.
Toru has performed with the National Repertory (CO), Tallahassee (FL), Shreveport (LA), Arkansas (AR), Vancouver (Canada), Hiroshima (Japan), AIMS (Austria), Tucson, Tucson Pops, and Arizona Opera Orchestras among others. He was a member of the Sturgis String Quartet as an Arts Partner with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for three years where he performed chamber music recitals and educational outreach performances.
He is also active as a conductor. Toru was one of the conductors for the Interlochen Repertory Orchestra in 2007, and in 2011 Toru founded the Tucson Repertory Orchestra and he is the conductor of the orchestra. He has participated in conducting workshops at Juilliard, and Queens College among others. His conducting teachers include Thomas Cockrell, Charles Bontrager, Jung-Ho Pak, Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, Sandra Dackow, Adrian Gnam, and Robert Gutter.