Valley Chamber Chorale presents winter concert Jan. 30

Valley Chorale

The Valley Chamber Chorale will present a winter concert 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at Ascension Lutheran Church in Paradise Valley.

The theme of the concert is “The Significance of Place: How Various Locations Have Influenced Our Lives.”

Works by Patrick Casey, David Childs, John Gardner, G. F. Handel, Blake Henson, Michael Larkin, C. Samuel, Hubert Waelrant, Robert Whitcomb, and John Williams will be included on the program.

The Chorale will be assisted by Dianne Cangelosi, piano, and Elizabeth Overholt, cello.

There is no charge for the event. However, donations will be accepted. The Chorale is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 entity.

Area critics applaud the Valley Chamber Chorale for its “. . . gorgeous, silvery sound” and its “refined, masterful, and precise singing!” Since its inception in 1988, the Chorale has sung by invitation for the Arizona Music Educators Association and the Butterfield Musicale, and has performed in Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Trinity Cathedral Center for the Arts, and in other select venues throughout the Valley of the Sun.

The 24 men and women of the Valley Chamber Chorale come from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Peoria, Surprise, Fountain Hills, and Anthem in order to rehearse and perfect their choral art.

In addition to their interesting concert programs, the singers—attired in stunning Elizabethan costumes—occasionally present a Renaissance Yuletide Dessert Feast.

Christopher Samuel, the conductor and artistic director, holds degrees from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., and Arizona State University. Dr. Samuel’s 28-year tenure with the Chorale has engendered the refined blend which audiences find so appealing.

Ascension Lutheran Church is located at 7100 N. Mockingbird Lane in Paradise Valley.  For more information, call 480-948-6050.

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