Vail Chorale founder and director Fred "Ftitz" Reinagel leads the all-volunteer community singing group now in its third year.
Vail Chorale founder and director Fred Reinagel leads the all-volunteer community singing group now in its third year.

The Vail Chorale presents its annual Fall Concert at the Arizona Senior Academy on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 7:30 p.m.

Now in its third season, the Vail Chorale has been pleasing audiences on Tucson’s east side with Fall and Spring concerts featuring diverse styles that appeal to a variety of musical tastes. The ensemble will continue its tradition of opening the program with “America the Beautiful,” followed by an “Alleluia” by William Boyce.

Some of the best-loved choral music favorites will be performed, including Puccini’s “Humming Chorus” from Madame Butterfly, the “Cantique de Jean Racine” of Gabriel Faure, selections from Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah,” the “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem, and “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’ German Requiem.

The Chorale’s accompanist, Merilee Leishman, will be featured as soloist playing a Chopin Polonaise, after which the ensemble will sing a pastiche of the four seasons, including Thomas Morley’s “It was a Lover and his Lass” (celebrating Spring),  Edward Elgar’s “As Torrents in Summer,” and then jazzy arrangements of “Autumn Leaves” and “Winter Wonderland.”

Directed by the group’s founder, Fred Reinagel, assisted by Melissa Hale, the Vail Chorale is a non-auditioned choir open to all interested singers from high school age through adults, and is jointly sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy and the Vail School District. Its goal is to provide opportunities for sharing in the joy of music-making through choral singing.

For more information, email thevailchorale@gmail.com or call 520-647-3801.

Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Vail Chorale’s Fall Concert Set for Saturday Evening:Nov. 2013
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