Aug. 1, 2012
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STCPA launches its 2012-13 season with chorale and orchestral concerts highlighting human connections and Mozart
“Gender Games,” a musical medley exploring the many highs and lows, the ever-present twists and turns of interpersonal relationships, kicks off the seventh season of the San Tan Chorale, according to Matthew Frable, artistic director of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA).
Additionally, Frable announced the third season of the San Tan Orchestra will commence with “Mozart and More 2012,” a performance that is sure to entertain both classical music aficionados and more voguish listeners.
Musicians (ages 15 and older) and singers (ages 18 and older) are invited to join the STCPA, an East Valley-based nonprofit organization that promotes education and culture through the practice and performance of music. It is partially funded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts.
“This year’s seventh season for the chorale and third for the orchestra will be an exciting one,” Frable said. “The choral repertoire will be diverse, ranging from catchy popular contemporary tunes to classical selections. We anticipate another dynamic year for the orchestra under the baton of Katherine Shields and hosting premium guest performers. Our non-audition organization is a friendly, fun group of people geared to the pleasures of musical performance.”
Chorale rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 7-9 p.m. at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Rd., in Gilbert. The chorale’s “Gender Games” concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, also at Christ’s Greenfield, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 880 E. Ray Rd., in Chandler. Orchestra rehearsals begin on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa. The “Mozart and More 2012”
The concert, featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christoph Willibald Gluck, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa.
“With our new rehearsal locations and performance venues across the East Valley, we will continue to strive to reach a broader audience and increased membership,” Frable said.
Other STCPA chorale and orchestra performances scheduled this season:
“Glorious Music” - Classical through contemporary selections of choral “Glorias”; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, in Mesa, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, First Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., in Mesa
“Family Fare” - Selections of family-oriented songs to delight all ages; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, in Mesa, and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013, Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., in Gold Canyon
“Treasures for Small Orchestra” - Gems by Ottarino Resphigi, Darius Milhaud and John Adams; 7:30 p.m.,Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa
“Bring a Friend Concert” - Friends take friends to concerts: orchestral favorites you’ll both love with works for Johann Sebastian Bach and Samuel Barber; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa
About San Tan Community Performing Arts
San Tan Chorale began its first season in the Fall 2006 with 29 members. Spring 2012’s membership reached 70. All totaled, 217 members have performed in the chorale’s 36 regular-session performances. Additionally, the chorale has participated in community outreach performances for Sister’s Christmas Catechism, the Chandler Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Maricopa County’s 12K’s of Christmas, San Tan Mountain Regional Park’s Wonderland, Gateway Airport’s Aviation Days, a Memorial Day concert, and the Florence 4th of July Parade and Concert. The chorale has taken two tours, one to Hawaii celebrating its 50th year of statehood and the other to Washington, D.C., joining in Memorial Day commemorations. These events bring the participation of the chorale to 83 performances.
San Tan Orchestra has performed with the chorale since the February 2007 performance of Rutter’s “Requiem” and continued in STCPA’s annual masterwork performances. The orchestra’s first independent concert with Brian Viliunas was Fall 2010’s “Chamber Music” and a second concert in Spring 2011 featuring pianist Andy O’Brien. Directed by Katherine Shields, the orchestra performed “Mozart and More” for its Fall 2011 concert. Showcasing Arizona composers, the orchestra performed as part of STCPA’s official Arizona Centennial event, “Western Vistas.”
San Tan Players, the theatrical branch of STCPA “took to the boards” in January 2010 with a debut performance of the jovial farce, “A Ring of Truth,” at the first Madrigal Feaste, and appeared again with “Three Jesters in the Fountain” for 2011’s second Madrigal Feaste. Plans are underway for future theatrical productions.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
142 N. Date St. Mesa,