Carols of Triumphant Joy! – December 2018

Concerts will include brand new choral music by Thomas Juneau, and Jonathan Dove’s thrilling “Seek him that maketh the seven stars.” We’ll also perform seasonal audience favorites like “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming” and “What sweeter music” by John Rutter.

  • “Wonderful performance – Beauty and discipline were combined to create excellence.”
  • “The selection of music was lovely. The usual high kudos to the choir and director for creating a stunning concert.”

Elliot Jones speaks with Andy Bade on Arizona Public Media’s Extempore.
Carols of Triumphant Joy Program Notes

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 7
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 9
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2331 E. Adams Street

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 14
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 16 NEW TIME
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N. Craycroft Road

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

Tickets are available online. 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.


King David – April 2018

Movement 16 of “King David” | April 29, 2018 performance at Temple Emanu-El

What did concertgoers say about King David?

“Beyond awesome”

“I loved everything! The story…the instrumentalists…the drama!”

“A must for choral lovers.”
The Arizona Daily Star

KGUN Morning Blend: Tina Jennings interviews Music Director Elliot Jones and singer Robert Hanshaw

AZ Daily Star Caliente: Repertory Singers adding acting to ‘King David’ concert

AZ Public Media Extempore: Music Director Elliot Jones share his insights about Honneger’s King David with Andy Bade

King David Program Notes

In April 2018 we will present two performances of Arthur Honegger’s unique oratorio King David with chamber orchestra, vocal soloists, and guest narrator Grayson Hirst. The range of musical styles in this work is extraordinary – Gregorian chant, early 20th century modernist dissonance, and jazz. There are theatrical elements as well, including the off-stage voice of the Witch of Endor, and the character of David sung first by a boy soprano, and later by an adult tenor.

Download the King David Flyer

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27
Catalina United Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29
Temple Emanu-El
225 N Country Club Rd.

Heaven Full of Stars – December 2017

Heaven Full of Stars

In December 2017 we will present holiday favorites, and a work known as the “Mona Lisa of Renaissance music,” Ave Maria, Virgo Serena by Josquin des Prez. In keeping with our commitment to presenting the best new choral music, we will offer the world premiere of Festival of Lights by New York composer Karen Siegel, and Stars by Eriks Esenvalds, which calls for choristers to play tuned wine glasses as they sing, creating a stunning aural effect.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 8
Christ the King Episcopal Church
2800 W. Ina Road

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2331 E. Adams Street

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 15
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
3738 N. Old Sabino Canyon Road

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N. Craycroft Road

Celebrating Mission San Xavier – April 2017


CELEBRATING MISSION SAN XAVIER, APRIL 23

Join Patronato San Xavier in restoring our national treasure: Mission San Xavier. ARS will perform two special, one-hour benefit concerts at the historic Mission, with all proceeds helping Patronato restore the East Tower and continue to conserve the beautiful interior of the Mission.

Concert times: 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more details, go to www.patronatosanxavier.org.

Triumphs! – April 2017

Enjoy music from The Triumphs of Oriana, a fascinating collection of madrigals from 1601 by the best composers of the time, which may (or may not) have been written to honor Queen Elizabeth I. We’ll also offer classics by Aaron Copland, music for choir, harp and organ with guest organist Janet Tolman, new music by Robert Convery, Gabriel Jackson and Gerald Near, and a piece in Welsh – a first for ARS.

Triumphs! April 2017 live performance recordings

Download the Program Notes: ARS-Triumphs-Program-Notes
Download the Flyer: ARS-Triumphs-April-2017-Flyer

Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Catalina United Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Keyl
UA Musicologist and published author for the New Grove Dictionary of Music

Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
5150 N. Valley View Rd.
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Kenneth Peoples
Expert on 16th and 17th century British history

Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N. Craycroft Rd.
Pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Keyl


“Superb intonation. Phenomenal sound.”

“I loved the soaring harmonies, varied repertoire and precision.”

I really enjoyed the pre-concert musicologist talks. Brilliant idea.”

“Excellent programming and Program Notes.”


Elliot Jones Interview on AZPM

Our Music Director, Elliot Jones, talks with AZPM’s Andy Bade, Classical Music Coordinator and Afternoon Radio host, about our concert series, ‘Triumphs!’ on Classical 90.5 ‘Extempore’ during an interview in April 2017.

Listen to the interview