The Vail Chorale has been entertaining local audiences with Fall and Spring concerts each year since its founding in 2011.
In honor of its fifth year, director Fred Reinagel invited the members to vote for their favorite pieces from the Chorale’s repertoire, resulting in a program entitled ”These are a Few of Our Favorite Songs.”
You can hear their favorites at the Arizona Senior Academy in an afternoon concert on Saturday (April 23) beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The program opens with America the Beautiful, followed by favorites from the classical repertoire: Thomas Tallis’ I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, Mozart’s Lacrimosa, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Tom Fettke’s Simply Alleluia, Verdi’s Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) and the Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly by Puccini.
The second half of the program begins with a jazzy arrangement of the traditional tune Shenandoah, followed by a cowboy medley How the West was Fun, Climb Ev’ry Mountain from The Sound of Music, a medley from My Fair Lady, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera
The audience will be invited to join in a singalong to Edelweiss (words will be provided) to close the concert.
The Vail Chorale’s musical team is headed by director and founder Reinagel, assistant director Melissa Hale, and accompanist Marilee Leishman. As a non-auditioned community chorus, the Chorale welcomes singers of all ages who enjoy choral singing in four-part harmony. For more information go to www.thevailchorale.org.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer