Orchestra Development & Growth

Throughout his tenure since 1996 with the orchestra, the TSO under Hanson has taken both quantum leaps and evolutionary strides in the quality of its sound. When he arrived, the group was promising but fairly uneven and somewhat rough-hewn, with little appreciation of the finer points of dynamic shading. Every hire was a good one, every retention earned by the players. If the TSO of his arrival was a 1960s-era Oldsmobile, the orchestra of today is a Lamborghini. Tucson Citizen

Intoxicating!……Most impressive how, in the atmospheric, acoustically excellent Wuppertal Stadthalle, this performance of “opera-in’concert” put the audience under it’s spell……Choruses, soloists and orchestra were in perfect harmony, offering engaged singing and music making……George Hanson conducted the engaged musicians with unusual elan, evoking a complete understanding for the extraordinary and unusual demands of the forward-looking work, including the abrupt transitions. He gives the instrumentalists, particularly the winds, the room and flexibility to show their musicality. The public was enthralled. Opernnetz
Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, Berlioz “The Damnation of Faust”

How fortunate for Wuppertal’s concert life that George Hanson was hired as Music Director. From a mediocre “city band,” within a year he has created a high quality orchestra with an international repertoire…….An electrifying rendering of Mahler’s Fifth Symphony……A fabulous evening, which set new standards and will not soon be forgotten. The reaction of the audience matched the performance. The enthusiasm of the capacity audience could hardly find an end. Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung
Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, Mahler “Symphony No 5”

Hanson has gone past a mere grasp of the complex score and found his own voice within the work…….Movement after movement, Hanson fleshed out both the score’s broad architecture and its most minute flourishes, keeping the orchestra on target and in perfect balance through its most atmospheric and bombastic moments. One was wowed by the orchestra’s liquid flexibility, raucous punch and painterly detail. Tucson Citizen
Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Mahler “Symphony No !”

Ovations for a great musical event…. a major success, thanks to an engaged George Hanson…..Tonal and rhythmic complexities sounded as if cut from a single cloth. Extraordinarily dramatic. . . structure was clear, beautifully worked out. Westdeutsche Zeitung
Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, Stravinsky “Rite of Spring”

Tucson Symphony Orchestra conductor George Hanson, making his Arizona Opera debut, succeeded in bringing out the irony in Weill’s score and underlining the sarcasm with a firm and perfectly timed hand. The music and the action were in wonderful harmony. Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Opera, Weill “Threepenny Opera”

The Wuppertal Symphony, excellently conducted by George Hanson, articulates so precisely, and fills the room with such a warm, three-dimensional tone, that it sounds as if they were the Berlin Philharmonic. Stereoplay
Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester “Rubinstein Works for Orchestra”

Under George Hanson the orchestra offered a performance filled with should an demotion, a thrilling conclusion to the evening….Here the art of interpretation was presented: Inner lines of tension, organic tempi, many-faceted colors of sound, engaged and brilliant string sound– it was all there, especially the presentation of the demonic final movement, the perfectly tailored fugue pushed forward with alert instinct. Westfälische Rundschau
Wuppertaler Sinfonieorchester, Liszt “Faust Symphony”