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Subsequent to a record-setting 2016-17 box office season, True Concord is providing an encore by announcing the biggest, boldest line up to-date next year, featuring renowned composers, world-class guest artists, adventurous collaborations, a world premiere and several performances offered on the big stage. Continuing tradition, music-loving fans will be treated to both classical favorites and innovative, contemporary works. The professional chamber choir and orchestra is especially pleased to announce the first commissioned work of the Dorothy Dyer Vanek Fund for Excellence which will feature a work by composer Gerald Near in collaborative concerts with the UA Poetry Center by setting music to poetry of Emily Dickinson.

True Concord moves to the big stage for both Bernstein’s Mass and Verdi’s Requiem, which will be performed at UA’s Centennial Hall. Mass will be a featured work of the Tucson Desert Song Festival next January as it celebrates Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday. The performance features UA Dance Ensemble, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and Grammy-nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes with True Concord singers in two performances at Centennial Hall. Recruiting Sykes, in particular, was a coup for Music Director Eric Holtan, who notes that “Sykes is in high demand world-wide to sing the title role in Mass.” Holtan noted that “it made sense to stage Bernstein’s massive theatrical work for singers, players and dancers at Centennial Hall which will accommodate the larger number of performers.  As a cornerstone performance of the Festival, and with a superstar such as Jubilant Sykes in the title role, it is sure to draw a large audience.”

Jubilant Sykes sings the title role in Bernstein’s Mass

The British are Coming!
William Byrd to the Beatles
Featuring True Concord choir, soloists and chamber players
Thursday, October 12-Sunday, October 15, various venues

Celebrating Day of the Dead
David Lang little match girl passion
Gabriel Fauré Requiem
Featuring True Concord choir, soloists and Guy Whatley, organ
Thursday, November 2-Sunday, November 5, various venues

Christmas Lessons & Carols by Candlelight
Featuring True Concord choir, soloists, harp and Guy Whatley, organ
Thursday, December 7-Sunday, December 10, various venues

Bernstein Mass!
Featuring True Concord choir and chamber players, University of Arizona Dance Ensemble, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and Grammy-nominated Jubilant Sykes, baritone, in partnership with Tucson Desert Song Festival
Friday, January 26, 7:30pm, Centennial Hall, University of Arizona
Sunday, January 28, 3:00pm, Centennial Hall, University of Arizona

Verdi Requiem
Featuring True Concord choir and orchestra, University of Arizona’s Arizona Choir, Arianna Zukerman, soprano, Teresa Buchholz, mezzo-soprano, Hugo Vera, tenor, Andrew Stuckey, baritone
Saturday, February 24, 7:00pm: Valley Presbyterian Church, Green Valley
Sunday, February 25, 3:00pm: Centennial Hall, University of Arizona

Emily Sings!
Evoking music in Emily Dickinson’s poetry
Premiering the first commissioned work of the Dorothy Dyer Vanek Fund for Excellence.
Featuring True Concord choir, soloists and orchestra in partnership with University of Arizona Poetry Center

Thursday, March 22-Sunday, March 25, various venues

True Concord’s True Angel, Dorothy Dyer Vanek


In January, True Concord’s Board Chair Andrew Watson announced a gift of $500,000 from Tucson philanthropist and arts patron Dorothy Dyer Vanek. The half-million dollar gift will support five new commissioned works and five new recordings over the next five years. An announcement about the first commission is forthcoming this spring, when True Concord announces its 2017-18 season.

True Concord’s music director and founder, Eric Holtan, called the gift “a game changer,” and said that “Ms. Vanek’s gift has positioned True Concord to be an American leader in the creation and recording of new works by some of the world’s best composers.” Board Chair Watson proclaimed that Vanek’s support over the last 10 years “has been transformational in bringing True Concord on to the world’s stage as America’s premier chamber choir and orchestra.” Holtan also said that “the gift represents a vision shared with Ms. Vanek to have True Concord annually premiere and record well beyond the first five years. We are deeply grateful for Dorothy’s extraordinary generosity and her faith in True Concord and her investment in our future.

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Grammy-Winner Richard Paul Fink Performs with True Concord

rpfheadshotTrue Concord’s upcoming performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, January 27-29, has been called the “cornerstone of the 2017 Tucson Desert Song Festival” and having Grammy-winning operatic baritone Richard Paul Fink in the title role is certainly one of the reasons. This will be a first for True Concord to perform a work on such a monumental scale with 70 vocalists and a 50-piece orchestra. A collaboration with the University of Arizona Choral Department, Music Director Eric Holtan said of the work “it’s one of those pieces that doesn’t get done very often in Southern Arizona. This will be a rare performance.”

Now in its 5th year, the Tucson Desert Song Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation initiated by a group of music-loving volunteers.  Its purpose is to “coordinate, subsidize and publicize a unique classical voice festival highlighting the rich musical life of Tucson along with some of the country’s leading vocal performance artists through a series of concerts, lectures and master classes throughout the three-weekend festival.” Financial subsidies allow local performance organizations to hire vocal soloists they might not otherwise be able to afford, such as the renowned Richard Paul Fink.

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