Many of us in Tucson await the start of performing arts season the way that sports fans eagerly anticipate the first football game of their alma mater. We may not paint our faces and tailgate when we go to the opera, but in our hearts, we’re cheering and leading a wave through the music hall (especially after a Puccini aria!).
As you read this issue, you’ll note that there are more than 100 performing arts groups in Southern Arizona, offering an astounding range of music and dance concerts, plays, operas and multimedia events in 2019-2020. Please take the time to check our groups list (beginning on page 28; more information is available at tucsonlifestyle.com/performingarts), read our preview of season highlights (starting on page 22), and follow along in Datebook each issue so you don’t miss out!
Our cover story this month (page 15) is Eric Holtan, who does double — maybe even triple — duty in the arts community. The founder of True Concord Voices & Orchestra, his vision of a group that would regularly perform choral/instrumental masterpieces Go Time! such as Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, has greatly expanded the cultural offerings in Tucson.
Of course, there are other sorts of arts in town, including numerous restaurants where culinary and visual forms of creativity converge. We asked Sarah Burton to visit six locales where you can dine on everything from classic Italian dishes, to Southwestinspired entrées, to old-fashioned comfort food. When you’re partaking of the edibles, peruse the paintings, ceramics, photographs and other works that you can purchase and take home. Read about the places we chose beginning on page 60.
And while you’re out and about this month, don’t ignore the messages that your feet may be sending you. Kimberly Schmitz talked to several professionals in podiatry about when you should seek help for your heels. Let your fingers do the walking to page 64 for the story.