Tucson choir ends season with local weather change message | Music

Arizona Repertory Singers is closing out its 2021-22 season with a dire message: Maintain the planet earlier than it is not right here to handle you.

The volunteer ensemble’s spring live performance “The Fantastic thing about the Earth” encompasses a program of local weather change-inspired songs that implores listeners to take motion to protect the planet and sluggish local weather change.

“We’ve got come to a pivotal time in our existence,” Music Director Ryan Phillips mentioned in a written launch. “Within the newest UN Local weather Change report, scientists despatched a dire warning. They burdened that we’ve a narrowing window for motion. This program is the Arizona Repertory Singers’ small contribution to the combat in opposition to local weather change. We’ve picked music that evokes gratitude, reminds us of the fantastic thing about the Earth and, we hope, motivates our audiences to take motion to protect our planet for our future generations.”

The 45-member choral ensemble’s live performance, which they may carry out twice this weekend and once more on April 29 — opens with Seth Houston’s highly effective “Emerald Stream,” which the composer wrote on a canoe journey along with his father when he was 17. In keeping with program notes, “Emerald Stream” publicizes God’s command that we look after the Earth, and the music’s rhythm and movement is harking back to somebody briskly paddling a canoe.

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This system additionally contains Frank Ticheli’s hauntingly stunning “Earth Music,” Ralph Vaughan Williams, “Linden Lea” and “Relaxation,” John Rutter’s hovering “For the Fantastic thing about the Earth,” George and Ira Gershwin’s “Sing of Spring” and “Nice Flowing River,” which James Eakin composed through the pandemic with lyrics from Charles Anthony Silvestri.

A few of the works will likely be accompanied by piano, violin and cello, and the sounds of a woodpecker and bees (these produced by the vocalists) may also make visitor appearances within the live performance. 

Arizona Repertory Singers additionally will carry out a music that was a favourite for his or her digital audiences throughout their 2020 pandemic streamed performances.

The singers will carry out at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 1431 W. Magee Street; 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Christ Church United Methodist, 655 N. Craycroft Street; and seven:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at Tanque Verde Lutheran Church, 8625 E. Tanque Verde Street.

Tickets are $18 prematurely by means of arsingers.org or $20 on the door; college students are admitted free with ID. Viewers members 12 and older should present proof of COVID vaccination and put on masks. 

Contact reporter Cathalena E. Burch at cburch@tucson.com. On Twitter @Starburch

Strom, Nancy Nancy Peters Strom age 89 of Marriottsville, MD (previously of Tucson), born July 25, 1932 in Chicago, IL to Harold and Agnes Peters. She grew up on the north aspect of Chicago, attending North Park Excessive College. She attended Lawrence School in Appleton, WI the place she met her ….

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