The Vail Chorale with its new director, Brianna Petty.

A “Salute to American Composers” comes your way as The Vail Chorale presents its Spring Concert at the Arizona Senior Academy on Saturday (April 22) at 3:00 p.m.

The non-auditioned community chorus continues its sixth year of choral singing that delights listeners as well as the singers themselves. With founder Fred Reinagel having retired as director, the Chorale is continuing his legacy under new director Brianna Petty. Musical direction continues to be supported by assistant director Melissa Hale and accompanist Marilee Leishman.

The concert program will highlight the American Songbook, Broadway musicals and movies, as well as some classical gems. Composers include Irving Berlin – God Bless America and Count Your Blessings; Cole Porter – Every Time We Say Goodbye; George Gershwin – Love Walked In; Leonard Bernstein – Life is Happiness Indeed (from Candide); John Williams – Exsultate Justi (from the movie Empire of the Sun); and Rogers and Hammerstein – So Long, Farewell (from The Sound of Music).

As new director, Petty is maintaining one of the Chorale’s traditions by including an Alleluia in the program, this time as set by Randall Thompson. Petty is also featuring the first American woman to succeed as a composer, Amy Marcy Beach, with her Two Short Anthems.

The Vail Chorale is jointly sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy and the Vail School District, and continues to welcome new members each season. If you enjoy the camaraderie of choral singing in harmony, consider joining next fall when rehearsals begin in August. See the Chorale website at or email

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer


Vail Chorale Salutes American Composers:April2017