Vail Chorale Director Fred Reinagel, Accompanist Marilee Leishman (center), Assistant Director Melissa Hale.
Vail Chorale Director Fred Reinagel, Accompanist Marilee Leishman (center), Assistant Director Melissa Hale.

Over the past four years, The Vail Chorale has developed a reputation as one of the Vail area’s cultural assets. A non-auditioned community chorus of mixed voices, the Chorale will present its Fall 2015 Concert, “From the Danube to the Rhine,” at the Arizona Senior Academy on Saturday (Nov. 14) at 3:00 p.m.

The centerpiece of the program will be the “Love Song Waltzes, Op. 52” by Johannes Brahms, a collection of 18 songs with piano four-hand accompaniment. Written in the “Ländler” folk dance style, the songs are based on a collection of poems by Georg Daumer.

The remainder of the program will include songs from Viennese and German sources. In “An American Eco-Anthem,” Chorale Director Fred Reinagel has created new lyrics for the famous “Austria Hymn” melody by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Also on tap are an “Alleluia” by Heinrich Schütz, “Sheep May Safely Graze” by J.S. Bach, Kurt Weill’s “Mack the Knife,” and a closing audience sing-along to “Auf Weiderseh’n Sweetheart.” A Mozart piano sonata will be performed by accompanist Marilee Leishman as well.

The Greater Vail Area Chamber of Commerce has invited the Chorale to sing the National Anthem at the Vail Country Fair on Nov. 21 at the Pima County Fairgrounds. The Vail Chorale welcomes all interested singers to join the ensemble for the Spring season beginning in January. For more information, please visit www.thevailchorale.org or email thevailchorale@gmail.com.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Songs ‘From the Danube to the Rhine’: November 2015
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