The Vail Chorale presents its Spring Concert, “Made in America,” featuring four centuries of New World choral music at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday (April 27) in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.
Directed by Fred Reinagel and assisted by Melissa Hale, The Vail Chorale is a community chorus open to all those interested in sharing the joy of choral music making. Reinagel founded the group two years ago, receiving sponsorship from the Vail School District and the Arizona Senior Academy.
Saturday’s concert will continue a Vail Chorale tradition of opening with “America the Beautiful” and closing with an “Alleluia” – this time it’s “Simply, Alleluia” by Tom Fettke.
The program will include compositions by William Billings, traditional work songs and spirituals, a rousing rendition of “Yankee Doodle” and a group of Stephen Foster favorites. Rounding out the program will be “Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway” – a medley from their most popular musicals including The Sound of Music, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Carousel, The King and I and State Fair.
Guest pianist Susan Simpson will accompany the Chorale, and will also perform a solo number, “Scott Joplin’s New Rag.”
The Vail Chorale presents Spring and Autumn concerts each year and welcomes new members from high school age to retirees. There are no auditions or dues – interested singers may contact Fred Reinagel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 520-647-3801.
Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer