Category Archives: Past Concerts

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! 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

2015 Holiday Concerts: Songs of Sweet Starlight

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Stars … beacons in the dark sky that spark our imagination. They reflect the abiding hope of the human spirit and beckon us all to strive for a brighter future.

Join us for Songs of Sweet Starlight – featuring a variety of inspirational choral pieces by well-known composers from Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy to contemporary compositions by Eric Barnum, René Clausen and John Rutter.

Download program: Songs-of-Sweet-Starlight-ARS-Dec-2015-Program
Download the Program Notes.
Read Thomas Lerew’s thoughts in Conductor’s Corner

2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 6th
St. Thomas The Apostle Parish
5150 N. Valley View Road
This concert: students 18 and under, free admission.

3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, December 13th
Benedictine Monastery
800 N. Country Club
Early arrival recommended.

7:30 p.m. Friday, December 18th
Benedictine Monastery
800 N. Country Club
Early arrival recommended.

ADMISSION $15
Tickets are available online. Tickets are also available at the door or from an ARS member. All sales are final.

Contact us for group ticket discounts – $13 each for groups of 10 or more.

Download the flyer for our December concerts and share it!

A Tribute Concert Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn

How Can We Keep From Singing?

3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 19th
Catalina Methodist Church
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.

The Arizona Repertory Singers presented one memorial Tribute Concert honoring the late Dr. Jeffry A. Jahn. How Can We Keep From Singing? included a retrospective of his favorite choral works performed by ARS over the last 25 years that reflected why “life is a song that must be sung.”

The concert was presented free to the public as a gift to Tucson, honoring Dr. Jahn’s belief that “ARS sings for the public, not for themselves.” There was a reception immediately following the concert for the public to share their fond memories of Jeffry Jahn and his lasting influence on the musical arts community in Tucson.

Program Notes

Standing Ovation Crowd Honors ARS and Jeffry Jahn’s Legacy
ARS performed for a ‘full house’ of 475 people. Read a concert review and watch the Tribute video, ‘The Art of Jeffry Jahn’ by Daniel Buckley.