2019 Holiday Concerts: Rejoice and Be Merry!

ARS returns to its choral roots with traditional holiday repertoire and exciting arrangements to
entice the ear. Hark! In 7/8 by Steven Landau and Bring Us In Good Ale by Gustav Holst will usher in your holiday alongside stunningly beautiful works by Francis Poulenc, John Rutter, Ola Gjeilo, and newcomer Connor Koppin.

Ryan Phillips speaks with Andy Bade on Arizona Public Media’s Extempore about Rejoice and Be Merry! and what to look forward to for our 2019-20 concert season.

Download the Conductor’s Corner and the Program Notes for a preview!

Here’s what audiences are saying:

“I loved the variety of beautiful selections.”
“Uplifting, and I love the information the Music Director gave about each piece.”
“Loved the gorgeous harmonies and interesting arrangements by ’new’ composers.”
“The blend of the choir was awesome.”

Listen to two selections from the concert!

O Nata Lux by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585). Recorded at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on December 8, 2019.
English Translation:
O Light born of Light, Jesus, redeemer of the world,
Mercifully deign to accept the praises and prayers of your suppliants.
O you who once deigned to be hidden in flesh on behalf of the lost,
Grant us to be made members of your blessed body. Rejoice and Be Merry by John Rutter (b. 1945). Recorded at Christ the King Episcopal Church on December 6, 2019.
Rejoice and Be Merry by John Rutter (b. 1945). Recorded at Christ the King Episcopal Church on December 6, 2019.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 6
Christ the King Episcopal Church
2800 W. Ina Road
Please join us for a reception immediately following the concert.

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2331 E. Adams Street

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 13
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
3738 N. Old Sabino Canyon Road
Please join us for a reception immediately following the concert.

4:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15 New Time!
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N. Craycroft Road

ADMISSION: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Tickets are available online starting October 1st. Tickets are also available at the door or from an ARS member. All sales are final. Students admitted free.

Contact us for group ticket discounts – $15 each for groups of 10 or more.