40th Anniversary Gala

Flyer for Arizona Repertory Singers 40th Anniversary Gala

Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 3pm
Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium

Please note that online ticket sales end Friday, April 26 at 6pm.

This spring, the Arizona Repertory Singers pay tribute to four decades of choral virtuosity and community engagement in All the Beauty: 40th Anniversary Gala, a combination concert, reception, and fundraiser. In addition to highlighting an extraordinary history, this one-of-a-kind event affirms ARS’s commitment to future generations of singers and audiences by recognizing the contributions of two remarkable music directors who have cultivated a love of music among Tucson youth — Dr. Julian Ackerley of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and Dr. Marcela Molina of the Tucson Girls Chorus.

The Gala concert program includes 17 selections culled from the ARS archives. Audiences may well remember beloved classics from earlier concerts, such as the dynamic “How Can I Keep from Singing?” by Z. Randall Stroope and the joyful “If Music Be the Food of Love” by David Dickau as well as a rousing spiritual from an ARS virtual concert, Stacey V. Gibbs’s “Great Day” and a newer piece by Josu Elbedin sung in English, Basque, and Latin, “Cantate Domino,” a favorite of Phillips. Though the program focuses on celebrating past repertoire, ARS commissioned a new piece from noted Seattle-based composer Melinda Bargreen entitled “For All the Beauty,”

With its mix of song and community, hors d’oeuvres and raffle prizes, the 40th Anniversary Gala promises to be an exciting must-attend event for choral music aficionados, arts lovers, and ARS supporters. Tickets are $75 for general seating (includes one raffle ticket) and $100 for preferred seating (includes three raffle tickets). Additional raffle tickets may be purchased for $10. Download flyer. Read our 40 years of highlights!


It’s our 40th Season!

Holiday Concerts: “What Sweeter Music: 40 Years with ARS”

This holiday season, the Arizona Repertory Singers focuses on its vast repertoire and showcases the choral music our Tucson audiences have enjoyed for the last 40 years. For this special anniversary season, we reflect on our choral legacy and also present pieces by well-known contemporary composers. Audiences will be delighted by choral classics such as Shaw/Parker’s “Masters in this Hall” and “Fum, Fum, Fum,” as well as “What Sweeter Music” by John Rutter and Felix Mendelssohn’s “Weihnachten.” Newer additions to our repertoire include Cristian Grases’ “Abreme la Puerta” and Shawn Kirchner’s “Brightest and Best” with guitar and violin accompaniment. This holiday concert is joyous, ethereal, festive, tranquil and inspiring. Join us for our choral holiday journey! Read the press release. Download the flyer.

Sat, Dec 9 at 3 pm | Desert Skies United Methodist Church
Sun, Dec 10 at 3 pm | Christ Church United Methodist
Sun, Dec 17 at 4 pm | St. Mark Catholic Church

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KidSong | Spring 2023

Our Spring repertoire is inspired by the joys and wonders of children and holds a warm place in our hearts—in March, our Music Director and his wife welcomed twins into their family. This performance will feature four pieces in foreign languages, including Bó na Leathadhairce by Desmond Earley, which highlights a tune learned by Irish school children, and Hela Rotan, an arrangement of a popular Indonesian folk song by Ken Stevens about the traditional game of tug-of-war. KidSong, by Stephen Caldwell, incorporates the entertaining arrangement of several favorite children’s songs into one cohesive piece that our audiences will surely recognize.

4/16 3:00 pm Desert Skies UMC
4/21 7:30 pm St. Mark Catholic Church
4/23 3:00 pm Christ Church UMC

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2022 Holiday Concerts!

ARS Women in Winter

For the first time ever—and rare for holiday repertoire—ARS performs a program consisting entirely of compositions and arrangements by women. Women in Winter offers a wide range of styles, genres, and perspectives related to the season, among them “Snow Angel” by Sarah Quartel, a five-movement piece with piano, cello, and djembe accompaniment. An engaging musical celebration of the holidays, our program also features works from Kim Baryluk, Melinda Bargreen, Abbie Betinis, Nancy Grundahl, Elaine Hagenberg, Iris Levine, Rosephanye Powell, and Annabel Rooney.

  • Holiday Concerts: Women in Winter
    • Dec. 9    7:30 pm – St. Mark Catholic Church
      2727 W. Tangerine Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85742
    • Dec. 11  3 pm – Desert Skies United Methodist Church
      3255 N. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749                       
    • Dec. 18  3 pm – Christ Church United Methodist 
      655 N. Craycroft Rd Tucson, AZ 85711                          
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Thank you!

We asked our audiences what they most liked about our Holiday Concert, “What Sweeter Music: 40 Years with ARS.”
Here are just a few of their responses:


Please stay tuned for details about our gala concert event on April 28!