February/March 2017

February 9-12, Toru will be a conducting fellow with Allentown Symphony, PA, Music Director Diane Wittry. http://www.millersymphonyhall.org/symphony/about/conducting-fellows/

February 17-18, Toru is conducting AMEA All-Region Orchestra, West Region at Corona del Sol High School.  Rossini: Barber of Seville Overture, Bernstein/Mason: West Side Story, Marquez: Danzon No.2.

March 4, Toru will be a celebrity chef at Men Who Cook Fundraiser for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra. http://sierravistasymphony.org/

March 17-21, Toru is taking the Canyon del Oro High School Orchestra to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City on March 20, 2017.  Tickets available at https://www.carnegiehall.org/Calendar/2017/3/20/0900/AM/Symphonic-Series-for-Bands-and-Orchestras/

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Upcoming Concerts

January 7, 2017 1:30pm and 3pm.  Tucson Repertory Orchestra, Family Concert and Music of the Masters X. Pima Community College Center for the Arts. 2202 W. Anklam Rd.  tucsonrepertoryorchestra.org


January 13, 2017 @7pm.  Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra, Buena Performing Arts Center.


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Open Rehearsals, July 11 and Aug 15

Monday, July 11, 7pm-9pm, Dvorak Symphony No. 9, Rossini, La Scala di Seta, Dvorak, Serenade fir Strings, Open Rehearsal, Grace St Paul Church, 2331 E Adams

Monday, August 15, 7pm-9pm, Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5, Kyungsun Choi, Piano,  Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, Shiho Takeda, Piano, Open Rehearsal, Grace St. Paul’s Church, 2331 E Adams

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Toru performs Beethoven’s Triple

Music of the Masters IX and Family Concert will be on June 4th, 2016

Family Concert @1:30pm (30 min. Concert).  (1pm – Instrumental Petting Zoo)TRO Family Concert Flyer 2016

Music of the Masters IX @3pm (2 Hour Concert)  Music of Masters IX_BW

Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 2331 E. Adams Street.

Featuring, Zoran Stilin, Cello, Shiho Takeda, Piano, Toru Tagawa, Violin, Kyosuke Nakata, Guest Conductor, and Angelese Pepper, Organ.

Admissions by Donation.


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Toru’s Upcoming Concert

April 16th, 7pm, Guest Conducting the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra

Buena Performing Arts Center, 5225 Buena School Drive, Sierra Vista, AZ

Music to be performed

Akutagawa: Music for Symphony Orchestra

Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Lauren Roth, Violin

Beethoven: Symphony No.7

Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra April Concert I


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Toru Tagawa, Conductor 田川徹、指揮者


Conductor.  Toru is the Music Director and Conductor of the the Tucson Repertory Orchestra since 2011. His conducting teachers include Thomas Cockrell, Charles Bontrager, Jung-Ho Pak, Maurice Peress, Donald Portnoy, Sandra Dackow, Adrian Gnam, and Robert Gutter.    Toru has conducted the Interlochen Repertory Orchestra, the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra, the Canyon del Oro High School Orchestra, Wieck Chamber Orchestra.  He has participated in conducting workshops at the Juilliard School of Music, and Queens College, and is a member of the Conductors Guild. He was one of the finalists in the American Prize 2014.

Toru, from Hiroshima, Japan, started playing the violin at age 6, and joined the Kurashiki Junior Philharmonic Orchestra at age 9. He received his Violin Performance degrees from the University of Tulsa (BM) and the Florida State University (MM), and a Music Education degree (MME) from the University of Arizona. His main Violin teachers include Steven Moeckel, Gary Kosloski, Elliot Chapo, Derry Deane, and Mikio Ejima. 

As a violinist, he performed with the National Repertory (CO), Tallahassee (FL), Shreveport (LA), Arkansas (AR), Vancouver (Canada), Hiroshima (Japan), AIMS (Austria), Tucson, Tucson Pops, and Arizona Opera Orchestras among others. He was a member of the Sturgis String Quartet as an Arts Partner with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for three years where he performed chamber music recitals and educational outreach performances.




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