The Arizona Senior Academy welcomes The Vail Chorale to its stage this Saturday (May 3) at 7:30 p.m. The Spring Concert, “A Tribute to Norman Luboff,” honors the composer, arranger and choral conductor whose Norman Luboff Choir enjoyed its heyday from the 1950s through the 1970s.
Luboff had a flare for creating arrangements of well-known tunes that combined the rich colors of jazz and blues chords with the familiar melodies.
Saturday’s program will include Luboff’s arrangements of “Shenadoah,” “A Cowboy’s Prayer,” “Skip to My Lou,” “All My Trials,” “Go Down Moses,” “Amazing Grace,” “Swinging on a Star,” and a reworking of a French chanson (in English translation) by Renaissance composer Thoinot Arbeau.
“Skip to My Lou” will feature a guest appearance by the Center Stage Singers – a local children’s chorus for ages 6 through high school, directed by The Vail Chorale’s accompanist Marilee Leishman. The youngsters will carry the familiar tune while the Chorale sings jazzy harmonies. The Center Stage Singers will also perform Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up.”
The concert will open with a traditional rendition of “America the Beautiful,” followed by an “Alleluia” by Tom Fettke. And at the program’s close, the audience will be invited to sing along with “This Land is Your Land” – in honor of the late Pete Seeger, who made that song his anthem.
The Vail Chorale, directed by Fred Reinagel, is a non-auditioned choir jointly sponsored by the Vail School District and the Arizona Senior Academy. Open to singers from high school age through adults, the ensemble is actively seeking new members to join and share in the joy of choral singing.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Chorale’s president, Bill Smith, at 520-398-5857.
Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer