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Yavapai Youth Choir performs Tapestry of Song

The Yavapai Youth Choir rehearses.
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The Yavapai Youth Choir rehearses.


Where: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave.

When: Saturday, May 14, at 7 p.m.

Tickets: $8 at the door

The Yavapai Youth Choir will have its last performance of the semester on Saturday, May 14, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 630 Park Ave. Titled “Tapestry of Song,” the concert will feature music from early Renaissance to contemporary composers. It begins at 7 p.m.

The Yavapai Youth Choir is under the direction of Arlene Hardy and Amy Van Winkle. Van Winkle will conduct the concert. The title “Tapestry of Song” came from Hardy and it refers to the diversity of the genres, Van Winkle said.

“They’re doing songs from Africa to American folk songs to … a classical tune, one from Sweden,” she said. “Cultures woven together in song.”

Pieces to be performed for “Tapestry of Song” include “Little David, Play on Your Harp,” a traditional spiritual arranged by Rollo Dilworth; “Watch What Happens” from “Newsies” by Alan Menken; “Gioa il sole dal gange” by Alessandro Scarlatti; “I Know Things Now,” from “Into the Woods” by Stephen Sondheim; “Gimme Gimme,” from “Thoroughly Modern Millie” by Jeanine Tesori; “Who Can Sail?,” arranged by Carl-Bertil Agnestig; and “Jambo,” arranged by Jacob Narverud.

Tickets for the concert are $8 and can be purchased at the door.

One of the difficulties that was presented in putting the concert together was the language featured in some of the pieces, Van Winkle said. Also a challenge has been accomplishing the different sounds that go along with different cultures, she added.

However, even though there have been difficulties presented in putting the concert together, there is still a lot of excitement surrounding the performance.

“The variety is just really exciting,” Van Winkle said, adding that it’s “fun for the kids.”

Van Winkle spoke highly of the beauty surrounding the songs the kids will be singing as well as their voices and the joy they give while singing. Further, some of the kids’ voices will be featured in some solos.

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