“Good Things Come in Three’s” is the theme of The Vail Chorale’s Fall 2016 concert celebrating music written in three-part harmony, to be performed at the Arizona Senior Academy on Saturday (Nov. 5), beginning at 3:00 p.m.
The program will feature selections by Renaissance composers Jacob Arcadelt, William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes, a collection of Psalm settings by Franz Joseph Haydn, a hymn by Felix Mendelssohn, and two songs by Robert Schumann. Providing historical color for the Renaissance pieces, three viola da gamba players will double the voices or play in alternation with the singers. To close the program, the audience will be invited to sing along on “Amazing Grace” (words to be provided).
The Nov. 5 concert will mark director Fred Reinagel’s farewell to the Chorale and to the greater Tucson area as he prepares to relocate from Arizona to North Carolina. Having founded The Vail Chorale six years ago, he has nurtured the community chorus – which continues to be non-auditioned – as an opportunity for local singers to enjoy the camaraderie of choral singing, and for audiences to share in the enthusiasm for the varied repertoire.
Fortunately, the Chorale has already selected a new director to take Fred’s place in January. Brianna Petty was not only eager to take on the responsibilities of director for Spring 2017, but agreed to sing with the Chorale this Fall season, a happy arrangement for all! She will be introduced at the concert and will direct the audience sing-along.
Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer