Our scurvy crew of readers, fighting among themselves, couldn't settle on which Tucson Symphony performance this season was best, so here's a suggestion: the May concerts under guest conductor Guillermo Figueroa. No offense to music director George Hanson, but the TSO players are always at their peak when they're trying to impress a visiting maestro, and Figueroa--formerly a member of the superb Orpheus Chamber Orchestra--knew how to draw mostly expert work from the orchestra in a program of Berlioz, Shostakovich and Rachmaninov. Not that we'd ever advocate mutiny, but when Hanson ultimately decides to abandon ship, Figueroa might be a fine captain at this helm.
2. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, www.philharmonia.org
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