Brianna Petty leads The Vail Chorale

The Vail Chorale is eager to welcome choral music lovers to attend its Fall 2017 concert, scheduled for Saturday (Nov. 4) at 3:00 p.m. in the Arizona Senior Academy’s Great Room.

Plan to be entertained by the only intergenerational community chorus on Tucson’s east side. The quality of choral singing will delight, and you may find yourself caught up in the group’s enthusiasm as you enjoy the performance.

The Fall Concert will feature “Jazz, Madrigals, and More!” – with high energy jazz selections including two Manhattan Transfer favorites, “Birdland” and “Operator,” Irving Berlin’s “Blue Skies,” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing/Sing Sing Sing.” On the somewhat cooler side will be jazzy arrangements of “Over the Rainbow,” “When October Goes/Autumn Leaves,” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” Even the national anthem will be treated to some jazz harmonies.

Madrigal fare will include “Now is the Month of Maying,” “El Grillo,” and “When Allen-A-Dale Went A-Hunting.”  And a Vail Chorale concert would not be complete without some classical gems – for this program, it’s the “Dies Irae” from Mozart’s Requiem and “Miserere mei, Deus” by Antonio Lotti.

The Vail Chorale was founded in 2011 by former Arizona Senior Academy member Fred Reinagel, who relocated out of state this past spring. Since his departure, the Chorale has been led by Brianna Petty, who brings her gentle enthusiasm and musical sensibilities to the ensemble. Assistant director Melissa Hale and accompanist Marilee Leishman continue to help steer the Chorale in its musical adventures.

For more info, see the Chorale website at

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer


Vail Chorale’s Fall Concert: ‘Jazz, Madrigals, and More’:Nov.2017
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