Category Archives: Past Concerts

King David – April 2018

King David an amazing finale to an amazing season!

What did concertgoers say about King David? “Beyond awesome”
“I loved everything! The story…the instrumentalists…the drama!”

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“A must for choral lovers.”
The Arizona Daily Star

KGUN Morning Blend: Tina Jennings interviews Music Director Elliot Jones and singer Robert Hanshaw

AZ Daily Star Calliente: Repertory Singers adding acting to ‘King David’ concert

AZ Public Media Extempore: Music Director Elliot Jones share his insights about Honneger’s King David with Andy Bade

King David Program Notes

In April 2018 we will present two performances of Arthur Honegger’s unique oratorio King David with chamber orchestra, vocal soloists, and guest narrator Grayson Hirst. The range of musical styles in this work is extraordinary – Gregorian chant, early 20th century modernist dissonance, and jazz. There are theatrical elements as well, including the off-stage voice of the Witch of Endor, and the character of David sung first by a boy soprano, and later by an adult tenor.

Download the King David Flyer

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 27
Catalina United Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 29
Temple Emanu-El
225 N Country Club Rd.

2017 Holiday Concerts: Heaven Full of Stars

Heaven Full of Stars

In December 2017 we will present holiday favorites, and a work known as the “Mona Lisa of Renaissance music,” Ave Maria, Virgo Serena by Josquin des Prez. In keeping with our commitment to presenting the best new choral music, we will offer the world premiere of Festival of Lights by New York composer Karen Siegel, and Stars by Eriks Esenvalds, which calls for choristers to play tuned wine glasses as they sing, creating a stunning aural effect.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 8
Christ the King Episcopal Church
2800 W. Ina Road

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 10
Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
2331 E. Adams Street

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 15
St. Alban’s Episcopal Church
3738 N. Old Sabino Canyon Road

3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 17
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N. Craycroft Road

April 2017: Triumphs!

Enjoy music from The Triumphs of Oriana, a fascinating collection of madrigals from 1601 by the best composers of the time, which may (or may not) have been written to honor Queen Elizabeth I. We’ll also offer classics by Aaron Copland, music for choir, harp and organ with guest organist Janet Tolman, new music by Robert Convery, Gabriel Jackson and Gerald Near, and a piece in Welsh – a first for ARS.

Triumphs! April 2017 live performance recordings

Download the Program Notes: ARS-Triumphs-Program-Notes
Download the Flyer: ARS-Triumphs-April-2017-Flyer

Friday, April 21, 7:30 p.m.
Catalina United Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Keyl
UA Musicologist and published author for the New Grove Dictionary of Music

Friday, April 28, 7:30 p.m.
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
5150 N. Valley View Rd.
Pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Kenneth Peoples
Expert on 16th and 17th century British history

Sunday, April 30, 3:00 p.m.
Christ Church United Methodist
655 N. Craycroft Rd.
Pre-concert talk at 2:30 p.m.
Dr. Stephen Keyl


“Superb intonation. Phenomenal sound.”

“I loved the soaring harmonies, varied repertoire and precision.”

I really enjoyed the pre-concert musicologist talks. Brilliant idea.”

“Excellent programming and Program Notes.”


Elliot Jones Interview on AZPM

Our Music Director, Elliot Jones, talks with AZPM’s Andy Bade, Classical Music Coordinator and Afternoon Radio host, about our concert series, ‘Triumphs!’ on Classical 90.5 ‘Extempore’ during an interview in April 2017.

Listen to the interview

2016 Holiday Concerts: Radiant Dawn

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Join us for holiday choral classics by Tallis, Holst, Britten and Bruckner, in addition to new music by Gabriel Jackson, James MacMillan and Will Todd. Experience a vast range of musical energy – from robust rhythm to the timeless tranquility of hovering sound – that reflects the universal spirit of the season.

Listen to selections from our December concerts. For more information on these pieces and our entire concert program, read the Concert Program Notes.

O Radiant Dawn by James MacMillan (b. 1959)

A Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)

Nowell Sing We by Gabriel Jackson (b. 1962)

Deck the Hall arranged by John Rutter

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Photo by: Abraham Karam

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 9
Christ the King Episcopal Church
2800 W. Ina Road

3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Sunday, December 11
Benedictine Monastery
800 N. Country Club

7:00 p.m. Friday, December 16
Benedictine Monastery
800 N. Country Club

Enthusiastic Standing Ovation at Last Holiday Concert

Here’s what our audiences said about Radiant Dawn

“The choices of music, variety, and quality of the singing were gorgeous!”
“It just doesn’t get any better than this!”
“When the choir surrounded the audience, their singing uplifted my spirit!”
“Wonderful waves of harmony.”
“The musical leadership of Dr. Elliot Jones is an asset.”

2016 Spring Concerts: Of Earth, Water, and Sky

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Experience the life-giving connections Of Earth, Water, and Sky reflected in choral landscapes that parallel the depth of our human emotions, the awe-inspiring beauty of nature, and the power of the Divine.

Our program features a variety of styles and genres with selections by the great choral composers Palestrina, Handel, and Brahms as well as contemporary works by Barnum, Ticheli, and Whitacre.

What did our audience say about our first concert on April 10th? “Just amazing!” “Extraordinary concert and programming.”

Listen to sound ‘bytes’ from our April concerts. Read our Concert Program Notes for more information on these pieces and our entire concert program.

Earth Song, Music and words by Frank Ticheli (b. 1958)

The Seal Lullaby, by Eric Whitacre (b. 1970), Words by Rudyard Kipling

As Torrents in Summer, by Edward Elgar (1857-1934), Words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

No Time, traditional Camp Meeting Song, arr. Susan Brumfield

Listen to Tom’s interview on AZPM’s Extempore
Conductor’s Corner | Program Notes
Earth Water Sky Lyrics

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2016
Catalina United Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.

7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016
Christ the King Episcopal Church
2800 W. Ina Road

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2016
Fountain of Life Lutheran Church
710 S. Kolb Road