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.
“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!
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.
Psalm settings by C.V. Stanford, Arthur Honegger and James Macmillan. Music reflecting the “Song of Songs” by John Dunstable and Edward Bairstow; Purer than purest pure, a setting of poetry by e.e. cummings by UA composer Daniel Asia, and Make peace, a brand new work by David Lang.
The most sublime music for choir and organ, and choir alone, by Edgar Bainton, Herbert Howells and John Ireland, plus a Tucson premiere: The fruit of silence by Peteris Vasks, based on a text by Mother Theresa.
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.”
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.