Orpheus Male Chorus celebrates ‘Nature’s Gifts’ with local concerts

Throughout its 85-year history, the chorus has toured in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, been featured in radio and TV broadcasts, and has sung the National Anthem at professional sporting events and for dignitaries, including John F. Kennedy. (Submitted photo)

Throughout its 85-year history, the chorus has toured in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, been featured in radio and TV broadcasts, and has sung the National Anthem at professional sporting events and for dignitaries, including John F. Kennedy. (Submitted photo)

The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Arizona’s longest-standing, continuously performing choral arts organization, celebrates “Nature’s Gifts” with several spring concerts, including one in Paradise Valley.

The following concerts are planned:

• Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. at Velda Rose United Methodist Church, 5540 E. Main St., Mesa.

• Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley.

The spring concerts take the audience on a musical journey of the environment, along with nature’s gifts that make everyone smile.

The performance includes songs of mountains (“Gonna Build a Mountain”), water (“Loch Lomond”), and animals (“De Animals a-Comin’”); plus favorites from great composers like Rodgers and Hammerstein (“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’”), and Aaron Copland (“The Little Horses”) and Randall Thompson (“The Pasture” from Frostiana).

Orpheus made its debut on Christmas morning 1929 on KTAR-AM and has delighted audiences in venues large and small throughout Arizona and beyond with a diverse mix of classical and popular music, ranging from sacred works to raucous drinking songs.

Throughout its 85-year history, the chorus has toured in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, been featured in radio and TV broadcasts, and has sung the National Anthem at professional sporting events and for dignitaries, including John F. Kennedy.

Orpheus has gained international acclaim on tours throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The group has excelled under the baton of Dr. Brook Carter Larson. Prior to becoming Artistic Director for Orpheus, “Doc” taught Choral Music Education classes at Arizona State University, where he also founded the Sun Devil Singers and ASU Men’s Chorus.

For event and ticket information, call 602-271-9396 or visit www.orpheus.org.

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