Category Archives: Past Concerts

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.

Psalms of David and Songs of Solomon – April 2019

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.

Program Notes | ARS April 2019 Flyer

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 28
Temple Emanu-El
225 N. Country Club

Please join us for a post concert reception.

A New Heaven – April 2019

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.

Program Notes | ARS April 2019 Flyer

4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 7
Episcopal Church of the Apostles
12111 N La Cholla Blvd, Oro Valley

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 14
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N. Craycroft Road

Please join us for a post-concert reception at each location.

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

King David an amazing finale to an amazing season!

What did concertgoers say about King David? “Beyond awesome”
“I loved everything! The story…the instrumentalists…the drama!”

Click to view King David photos


“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 Calliente: 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.