The Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus will present “A Retro Christmas,” a nostalgic musical trip through songs of the ‘40s and ‘50s,, in a concert scheduled for Tuesday evening (Dec. 18) at the Academy Village.
Considered the premier women’s chorus of Tucson, the group will sing such old favorites as “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” and “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”
The chorus currently has about 65 members ranging in age from 18 to 95. For this concert, approximately 25 members will perform under the direction of Terrie Ashbaugh. The women’s chorus was founded in 1981 as a project for a University of Arizona graduate student. Ashbaugh has been musical director since 1998, and under her tenure what was a small singing club has expanded to a large community-based organization. The assistant director and accompanist is Stacey Seaman.
The women’s chorus performs from a growing repertoire of music written specifically for treble voices. Their mission is to sing quality pieces that are both challenging and entertaining. In addition to their holiday concert at Academy Village, the chorus will host a national Women’s Chorus Festival on April 20, 2013. One hundred voices will perform “Women In Song,” a varied program of music that will include pieces the local chorus has commissioned over the years, some never before performed in concert.
Sponsored by Arizona Senior Academy, the holiday concert is open to the public free of charge. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building, 13715 E. Langtry Lane, on the Academy Village campus.
Submitted by Priscilla Moore, Academy Village Volunteer