It’s a busy weekend for classical music in Tucson as three groups open their 2017-18 seasons.

True Concord Voices and Orchestra “Music of the Royals: The British Are Coming!”

  • Featuring an homage to the late Princess Diana 20 years after her death and her son, Prince William.
  • The music: The program includes John Rutter’s “This is the Day,” commissioned for Prince William’s wedding; and John Tavener’s sobering “Song for Athene,” performed at Princess Diana’s funeral after she was killed in a car accident in Paris. Also: Britten’s famous choral piece “Hymn to Saint Cecilia” and works by the Beatles.
  • When and where: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 3738 N. Old Sabino Canyon Road; 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at downtown’s Scottish Rite Temple, 160 S. Scott Ave.; 7
  • p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Francis in the Valley Episcopal Church, 600 La Cañada in Green Valley; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams St.
  • Tickets: $25, $40 for premium seats through
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Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra

  • Featuring guest violinist Chloé Trevor.
  • The music: Trevor makes her second appearance with the orchestra — she soloed in May 2015 — and is doing double duty: soloing on Khachaturian’s Violin Concerto and Vivaldi’s “Summer” from “The Four Seasons.” Also: Enescu’s Romanian Rhapsody No. 1; Dvorák’s “Slavonic Dances” Nos. 5–8.
  • When and where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at DesertView Performing Arts Center, 39900 S. Clubhouse Drive, SaddleBrooke; and 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del Norte in Oro Valley.
  • Tickets: For SaddleBrooke, $24 in advance at, $25 at the door. $23 for St. Andrew’s at or at the door; students 17 and younger can reserve free tickets for the St. Andrew’s performance.

Arizona Friends of Chamber Music: Now Music

Featuring violinist Benjamin Beilman and pianist Anna Polonsky.

  • The music: A little Beethoven (Violin Sonata No. 1 in D) paired with a bit by Brahms (Violin Sonata No. 3 in D) would be reason enough to see this concert. Add in Saint-Saëns; Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor and the piano-violin duet of Kaija Anneli Saariaho’s “Tocar” and you have a recital that lives up to Arizona Friends’ new name for its Piano and Friends series.
  • When and where: 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, at Leo Rich Theater, 260 S. Church Ave.
  • Tickets: $30 adults, $10 students at the door or in advance at

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