Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will perform a program of folk songs from the United States and British Isles at its Spring Concert 2017 at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road.
Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams and Randall Thompson will open the concert, followed by English, Irish and Scottish folk songs, as well as familiar favorites from America, such as “Gentle Annie,” “He’s Gone Away” and “Barbara Allen.”
Tickets are $18 (two for $35) in advance at www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org or $20 at the door.
Michael Melton will be guest conductor. Melton recently retired from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where he served as Director of Choral Activities and Opera Conductor and taught voice, conducting, diction and secondary methods. He continues his summer work in Chicago as score reader for video productions of Chicago Symphony Orchestra concerts at the Ravinia Festival.
Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus (SAWC) was the only U.S. chorus to perform during D-Day commemorative events in France in 2016. The same organization that invited them – Historic Programs, a nonprofit partner of the Department of Defense Office of Commemorations – has invited the chorus to perform in Hawaii in December at events marking the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and a special commemoration of the USS Arizona.
The nonprofit chorus welcomes donations and is recruiting new members to begin rehearsals in September for the Hawaii trip. No audition is required, just previous experience singing with a choir. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road.
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Since 1985, the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus has performed from the ever-expanding repertoire written specifically for women’s or treble voices. The chorus entertains the region with performances ranging from classical music to Broadway, folk, jazz, spiritual, seasonal and other popular songs. For more information or to donate, please visit the chorus’ website at www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org
Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus
“Folksongs Across the Pond”