Camerata Singers to present inaugural concert in Prescott on Nov. 14

The Camerata Singers, shown in rehearsal, is a professional singing group whose repertoire runs from classical music to spirituals and from jazz to world-premieres of new choral  music. (Courtesy photo)

The Camerata Singers, shown in rehearsal, is a professional singing group whose repertoire runs from classical music to spirituals and from jazz to world-premieres of new choral music. (Courtesy photo)

The mixed voice chamber choral ensemble, the Camerata Singers, presents its first ever concert at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave., Prescott. In rehearsal since August, the performers will sing 20th century choral music by such composers as Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Aaron Copland and Randall Thompson.

The group started in 2010, but wasn't under permanent direction until now, director Dan Boyce said. Before, it was a group where everybody chimed in, he said, adding that it wasn't a very efficient way to direct.

The word "camerata" is of Italian origin and has the same root as "comrade," Boyce said.

"But it specifically applies to a small chamber music ensemble," he explained. "So this is the perfect group for it."

The concert's theme centers on Americana music and is titled "American Vignettes." It seemed like the perfect idea for the group's first concert, Boyce added.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students, with $5 discounted for advance purchases, and are available online at www.cameratasingersaz.org or at the door.

Pieces in the concert include "Sure on This Shining Night," by Barber and Morten Lauridsen, "Berecuse" by Charles Ives, "Old American Songs," by Aaron Copland, "Lullabies and Nightsongs" by Alec Wilder and "Frostiana" by RandallThompson.

"This is all 20th century music, but when people think 20th century, they think really contemporary and not very pleasant to listen to," Boyce said. "This is all music that is just gorgeous melodies and harmonies that will be enjoyable to listen to."

The only challenges have been getting the balance and blend down and putting everything together as an ensemble rather than just individual voices, Boyce said.

"The group is a joy to work with," he said. "We've been rehearsing in this configuration since August and we're excited to have a chance to show our stuff to the Prescott community."

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him online at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.