A Look Inside Our Recording Sessions with Jocelyn Hagen!
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2w ago
We’re thrilled to share a glimpse into our recording sessions of Jocelyn Hagen’s groundbreaking multimedia symphonies, Here I Am and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. Here I Am, commissioned by True Concord to celebrate the anniversary of U.S. Women’s Suffrage, is a powerful work that celebrates female empowerment through the words of 42 notable women throughout history. The piece, which True Concord commissioned and premiered in 2023, features the stunning vocals of acclaimed soprano Susanna Phillips alongside the talented Tucson Girls Cho ..read more
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Thank You for an Incredible 20th Anniversary Season!
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
1M ago
As we close the curtain on a truly remarkable 20th Anniversary season, we at True Concord want to express our deepest gratitude for your unwavering support. Your passion for music is what fuels our mission, and your presence in the audience makes every performance truly special. As we enter into our third decade, we’re beyond excited to share our 2024-25 season with you. Especially one that celebrates the rich tapestry of Tucson in celebration of its 250th anniversary! Season Tickets are Available Now! By subscribing, you’ll enjoy: Guaranteed ..read more
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True Concord Announces Our Season 2024-25
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
1M ago
Our 21st Season Highlights include: Mozart’s RequiemStephen Paulus’s GRAMMY-winning Prayers and RemembrancesFirst-Ever Collaboration with Phoenix Chorale A New Choral Ballet on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Ryan Speedo Green, GRAMMY-winning bass-baritone in solo performance of new Carnegie Hall program Coming off our gala 20th Anniversary season, True Concord has never been more proud to be a part of the vibrant cultural fabric of Tucson. We celebrate the 250th anniversary of Tucson’s founding in 1775 with a season of concerts that connect our music to the city we know and love. You’ll enjoy ..read more
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2022-23 STEPHEN PAULUS EMERGING COMPOSERS COMPETITION PREMIERE
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2M ago
This October 13-15, the first shows of True Concord’s 20th Anniversary 23-24 Season, we are proud to present the World Premiere of the winning work resulting from our annual Stephen Paulus Emerging Composers Competition and our Inaugural Poetry Competition! This year, the Composition Competition ran alongside True Concord’s first-ever Poetry Competition, held in partnership with the UA Poetry Center. The winning artists are: composer Nicholas Ryan Kelly, who will set the winning poem, A World that Shimmers by Janet Ruth, to music. A World That Shimmers by Janet Ruth Even today this Earth ..read more
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LOVE20 – True Concord’s 20th Anniversary Season
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2M ago
We are so excited to announce our upcoming season, LOVE20! It’s hard to believe that this is our 20th Anniversary, and we can’t wait to continue creating experiences that move, enrich and inspire with you. These past 20 years could not be possible without all of our treasured patrons. Thank you! Eric Holtan, Founding Music Director of True Concord Voices & Orchestra, today announced the 2023-24 True Concord lineup–LOVE20–at a season reveal event celebrating the Grammy- and Emmy-Honored True Concord’s generous Board Members and donors. Holtan said, “As I began to put the 2 ..read more
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Where do you have a Vocal Recital?
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2M ago
You may have done a double-take when you noticed the venues for two of True Concord’s Close-Up Vocal Recitals this season: the Century Room at Hotel Congress (contralto Emily Marvosh, Feb. 28) and the courtyard of Hacienda del Sol Resort (baritone Edward Vogel, March 27). No concert hall? Your first reaction may have been to echo Shakespeare: “O brave new world, that has such people in’t.” Or maybe Dorothy Parker: “What fresh hell is this?” But there’s really nothing innovative or peculiar about transferring vocal recitals out of the concert hall. Indeed, performing songs or chamber mus ..read more
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Meet Co-Composers-in-Residence
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2M ago
Meet Co-Composers-in-Residence, Jocelyn Hagen & Timothy C. Takach by James Reel “Every time we think about what this project might lead to,” he says, “we get giddy and excited.” By “we” he’s including his wife, fellow composer Jocelyn Hagen. And the project is their new joint engagement as True Concord’s composers in residence. Both Minnesota-based composers are familiar to True Concord’s audience. Just last September and October, True Concord performed Takach’s 65-minute Helios, with elaborate video projections designed by Deborah Johnson. In November 2019 the ensemble gave the Arizona ..read more
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Pictures and an Exhibition
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2M ago
TRUE CONCORD’S HERE I AM PORTRAIT EXHIBIT KICKS OFF 10 “FIRSTS” AT HOTEL CONGRESS! So many “Firsts” kicked off in the beautiful lobby of Hotel Congress last night with 50 guests and 150 curious HoCo fans in attendance enjoying a drink, a nosh, some live music and the images that inspired so much of True Concord’s latest commission – Jocelyn Hagen’s HERE I AM.  Eric Holtan, the Founding Music Director of Tucson’s only professional chamber choir and orchestra—the Emmy- and Grammy-honored True Concord Voices & Orchestra—asked Hagen for a new ..read more
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Congratulating Jake Runestad on his Emmy win!
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2M ago
At their annual ceremony Saturday, October 1, 2022, the Rocky Mountain Southwest Regional Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Jake Runestad one of two prizes in the category of Musical Composition/Arrangement for his True Concord commission and world premiere, Earth Symphony (“Choral”) with libretto by poet Todd Boss. Founding Music Director Eric Holtan noted that, “All of us at True Concord felt we had a very special new work at the Earth Symphony premiere in late February 2022. Each performance was greeted with standing ovations and I con ..read more
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TRUE CONCORD’S FIRST COMPOSERS-IN-RESIDENCE
True Concord Voices & Orchestra Blog
by Madison Owen
2M ago
Jocelyn Hagen and Timothy C. Takach Jointly Engaged by Tucson’s Grammy-nominated ensemble The Hagen/Takach Composers Residency is made possible in part by a gift from Barbara and John McLean. Furthering Founding Music Director Eric Holtan’s commitment to new music, True Concord proudly announces its first Composers-in-Residence, noting that the organization has engaged two highly-sought composers of national prominence, Jocelyn Hagen and Timothy C. Takach. Stars in the American choral world, Hagen and Takach are a rare married couple who are singers, instrumen ..read more
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