Although this is only the event’s second year, the founders of the Tucson Desert Song Festival like to point out that our city has had a long history with classical music.
The University of Arizona has been offering courses in classical music since the late 1800s, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra can lay claim to being the oldest performing arts organization in Arizona.
This heritage helped to shape the Desert Song Festival’s mission of presenting the world’s best classical singers to Southwest audiences. Jennifer Johnson Cano is an acclaimed mezzo soprano who has sung with the Metropolitan Opera since 2009.
Jennifer Johnson Cano makes her debut with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra performing Berlioz’s Nuits d'été (Summer Nights), and Ravel’s Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 9 at 2 p.m. at Catalina Foothills High School.