The Arizona Repertory Singers is an auditioned ensemble of singers from greater Tucson. Since 1984 this choir has developed an extensive repertory and prides itself on presenting high quality performances of the standard repertoire and new music. Our community of singers, selected through a rigorous audition process, represent a variety of work life careers in business, education, engineering, information technology, law, medicine, social service, science and the arts.
We hope our choral music spreads a message of harmony and inspiration to our listeners and ARS supporters. Choral music breaks down boundaries that divide us, and encircles the entire human race with the spirit of togetherness. All of us in the Arizona Repertory Singers look forward to exploring more works by composers from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds – now and in the future.
“Oh My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” by Robert Burns (1759-1796)
Eighteenth-century Scottish poet Robert Burns composed the text for “Oh My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose” to depict the immense longing and passion of romantic love. Rene Clausen’s setting of this text would have ended our spring program’s set of love songs. The arrangement begins with obbligato violin and cello imitating the heart’s flutter. A sweeping piano accompaniment drives a dance-like 3/4 meter to encapsulate the meaning of Burns’ text, while the chorus stays in strict homophony to bring all hearts to one beating pulse.