Tucson’s twin concerts in the park get underway this weekend.
The volunteer Arizona Symphonic Winds, led by László Veres, kicks things off on Saturday with its Music in the Park series with “Potpourri of Music.” The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Udall Park’s László Veres Amphitheater, 7200 E. Tanque Verde. Admission is free; donations are accepted.
The group performs Saturdays through Oct. 5. Highlights include a performance with Tucson Symphony Orchestra flutist Alexander Lipay on Sept. 28 and the return of popular Tucson soprano Elena Todd to close out the season on Oct. 5. Details: azsymwinds.org
The Tucson Pops Orchestra, also under the baton of Veres, gets a late start to its Music Under the Stars series. The first concert is Sept. 22 with violinist Christian Howes joining the professional ensemble for Scott Routenberg’s Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra.
Veres said the group, most of them moonlighting from the TSO and the University of Arizona, will perform just two concerts this fall. Traditionally, the fall series included at least three concerts, but it had to be trimmed this year because the orchestra could not come up with the money to pay its musicians, Veres said.
Trumpet player Jim Wilson and violinists George Blum and Rose Todaro join the Tucson Pops Orchestra on Sept. 29 for the second concert.
The Pops perform at 7 p.m. Sundays at Reid Park’s DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center, South Country Club Road and East 22nd Street. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Details: tucsonpops.org