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“ALL THE BEAUTY” Celebrates 40-YEAR LEGACY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tucson, AZ, February, 2024 — This spring, the Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS) pay tribute to four decades of choral virtuosity and community engagement in All the Beauty:…

Save the Date!

This spring, we break tradition with only one performance at the end of April: a gala concert event.
We will honor Julian Ackerley, Director, Tucson Boy’s Chorus and Marcela Molina, Director, Tucson Girl’s Chorus.
This anniversary gala will feature a newly commissioned piece by a prominent composer, a raffle, and a reception with hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and mocktails.
More information coming in January!

GROWING UP: ARS HONORS THE WORLD OF CHILDREN WITH “KIDSONG”

This spring, the Arizona Repertory Singers present KidSong, a celebration of children’s songs, ballads, games, and lullabies. With a repertoire of over a dozen pieces in six languages, the program encompasses not only the playfulness and enchantment of childhood, but also its complexities.

Women In Winter Press Coverage

Take a look and listen to some of the great press we’ve received so far: Arizona Daily Star: Tucson holiday concerts, events to put you in a ho-ho-ho mood Explorer…

WOMEN COMPOSERS TAKE CENTER STAGE IN ARS HOLIDAY CONCERTS

The Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS) present Women in Winter, a holiday program of familiar standards, new compositions, and fresh arrangements by women. “This is a first for us,” ARS music director Ryan Phillips explains. “We were inspired by a suggestion from one of our singers to focus on female composers and arrangers, a rare endeavor within the realm of holiday choral music which, like many subgenres, has been dominated over the centuries by men. We’re excited to expand our music library, diversify our repertoire, and perform these engaging works for our Tucson community.”

In Memoriam | DR. HELEN SCHAEFER

WE ARE DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE RECENT PASSING OF DR. HELEN SCHAEFER Helen was a bedrock for so many in our community, and ARS was particularly fortunate to have Helen…

Ars’ Spring Concerts stir emotions and action to preserve the planet

As the Sonoran desert comes to life with spring flowers, the Arizona Repertory Singers are singing for the planet’s life.

Its Spring concert, “The Beauty of the Earth,” features a repertoire imploring audiences to take action to preserve the planet and slow climate change.

“We have come to a pivotal time in our existence,” said ARS music director Ryan Phillips. “In the latest UN Climate Change report, scientists sent a dire warning. They stressed that we have a narrowing window for action.”

“Art can awaken us,” Phillips said. “Music has a way of touching our emotions and it can stir us to work for change.”

In-person ARS holiday concerts to feature world music

The Arizona Repertory Singers will once again offer live choral concerts this December.

“It’s soul stirring for us to sing together in person again,” said ARS music director Ryan Phillips. “That spirit is going to shine through our holiday concert.”

The title, “Sim Shalom, Grant Peace,” takes its name from a Hebrew prayer, set to music com-posed by Jennaya Robison. Hebrew will be one of seven different languages sung during the con-cert.