Best Classical Music Performance
Tucson Symphony Orchestra
As so often happens, many of our readers selected the Tucson Symphony for classical-music honors, but couldn't agree on a single performance (or didn't even try to choose one). So let's praise the October 2002 concerts with percussionist Evelyn Glennie, in which the Scottish guest soloist combined athleticism and poetry in the superb, acrobatic recent Percussion Concerto of Joseph Schwantner. On the same concert, conductor George Hanson and the orchestra tamed the lions that are Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol and Fernandez' Batuque, and offered relief from all the bang-clang with Wagner's unusually peaceful Siegfried Idyll.