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Yavapai College Music features ‘United in Song’

Multiple chorales will join forces on Sunday, May 1, at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St., for the United in Song Concert.

Beginning at 3 p.m., it features the Master Chorale, Women’s Chorale, Yavapai Youth Choir and Bradshaw Mountain High School Choir.

The concert is a big deal because the Yavapai Youth Choir is new this year and they will be collaborating with the Bradshaw Mountain High School Choir, which is under the direction of Amy Van Winkle, said Master Chorale Conductor Dr. Judith Burns.

“She’s outstanding and the Bradshaw Mountain High School Choir program is really outstanding in the area,” she said.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for general admission, $10 for Yavapai College students, faculty and staff, and free for youth younger than 14. Tickets are available online at www.ycpac.com.

The first half of the concert features the Master Chorale and Women’s Chorale, Burns said. However, the second half will see the two groups join forces with the Yavapai Youth Choir and the Bradshaw Mountain High School Choir to perform John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children,” which will also feature solos from Philip Dixon and Yavapai Youth Choir and Women’s Chorale Director Arlene Hardy.

The piece takes a traditional mass setting and removes the cradle, making it a short mass, Burns said. Rutter then interpolated poems that the children and soloists are singing.

“Mass of the Children” will be performed with organ, percussion and wind instruments played by musicians from Prescott, Cottonwood and Phoenix, Burns said. It is going to be very exciting, she said, noting that it’s called “United in Song” because of the collaboration of the groups. All generations will be accounted for as well.

“We have an 81-year-old all the way to the youngest member of the Yavapai Youth Choir, who’s like 9 or 10,” Burns said. “It’s truly multigenerational.”

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