The COVID-19 pandemic sure threw a wrench in our holiday concert rituals.
No Tucson Symphony Orchestra performance of Handel’s “Messiah” — which True Concord Voices & Orchestra picked up to fill the void. No holiday pops shows. No day-after-Thanksgiving family friendly cine-concert.
But before you start getting all bah humbuggy, here’s a bit of good news: TSO Brass Quintet is dusting off their horns and playing us a little holiday cheer in the nick of time.
The ensemble — trumpet players Hayato Tanaka and Betsy Bright Morgan; horn player Victor Valenzuela; trombonist Michael Becker; and tuba player David Morgan — is playing some old and new holiday favorites at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. The concert, part of the orchestra’s reimagined 2020-21 virtual season, will be streamed at tucsonsymphony.org.
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Cathalena has covered music for the Star for more than 20 years. She's a graduate of Arizona State University has worked at Sedona Red Rock News, Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, New York; and USA Today.