This year’s festival features the return of several artists who were involved in past song festivals including Mesa native Angela Brower, who plays the festival’s first recital on Thursday, Jan. 19, with the Guitar Society and French guitarist Judicaël Perroy. Brower sang with the TSO when it mounted Richard Strauss’s “Der Rosenkavalier” in the 2015 festival.

“Just being a part of the concert with the orchestra was amazing,” recalled Brower, who has lived and worked in Germany for eight years. “The turnout was quite good. I hope that people realize this is quite a wonderful cultural event we have in Tucson. … I hope it continues. I think it’s a great idea and a wonderful program.”