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New season for TCA choral concerts showcase music old and new

Choral concerts showcase music old and new

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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 11:00 pm

The Tucson Chamber Artists’ fifth season will cause some of Tucson’s most beautiful churches — including some in the Northwest — to resound with music. That explains the season theme, Re:Sound.

The opening concert, Re:Ignite, will feature classics written with cathedral performances in mind.

The highlight of the concert, which will take place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13 and 14, is Herbert Howell’s “Requiem.”

Howell wrote the requiem after the death of his son but could not bear having it performed until 12 years after its completion when another musician, Vaughan Williams, convinced him to offer it to the public.

The concert also will include a piece by Williams, “Lord, Thou Hast Been our Refuge” and other works accompanied by organ.

In October, the group will offer its second concert, Re:Formation, which will feature the music of J.S. Bach, including his Third Orchestral Suite, and music by contemporary Estonian composer Arvo Part.

That concert will take place Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25 and 26.

The middle concert of the series, Re:Joice, will celebrate the Christmas story through word and song. It is set for Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14.

An extra show that is not part of the chamber artists’ five-concert series, will take place Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31. It will celebrate America’s Hispanic heritage.

The fourth concert, Re:Imagine, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Josef Haydn’s death. It will feature Haydn’s “The Creation,” a 109-minute work that requires 32 voices instead of the Tucson Chamber Artists’ usual 24.

That concert will take place Friday and Sunday, Feb. 27 and March 1.

The season will culminate with the concert Re:Inspire, a celebration of American masterpieces.

The concert will feature key works by America’s most revered composers of the last century, including Charles Ives, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Dominick Argento. One contemporary composer, Stephen Paulus, will be on hand to lead a discussion about the music.

It will take place Friday through Sunday, March 27, 28 and 29.

Subscriptions for all five concerts are available for $99. Single tickets start at $18. Those under 12 are free, and college students pay $10. The concert celebrating Hispanic heritage is $15.

For more information, including concert locations, call 401-2651.

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