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Yavapai Youth Choirs hold spring concert

Yavapai Youth Choir concert, “Unbroken Circle,” is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

Yavapai Youth Choir concert, “Unbroken Circle,” is at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12. (Jason Wheeler/Courier)

The Yavapai Youth Choirs’ spring concert, “Unbroken Circle” is this weekend and the culmination of the newest ensemble’s first season, according to director Arlene Hardy.

The title of the concert comes from the song “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” Hardy said. A lot of the songs have to do with strength and unity, she said.

“They’re all songs that my oldest choir is doing that really reflects that strength and unity and also a culture of hope,” Hardy said. “Another theme within that unity and strength is also that of home. The strength of home and what home means through these songs.”

It’s ironic how the themes just happen, she said. She’s drawn to music and when looking at the pieces chosen for concerts will find it interesting how they all seem to have the same theme, Hardy said.

Held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, the concert is at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St..

Tickets are $10 for general admission, $5 for Yavapai College employees and students and free for youth under 18 and can be purchased online at www.ycpac.com or by calling 928-776-2000.

“Unbroken Circle” is the culmination of Voci Genesi’s first season, Hardy said. They’re the newest group in the Yavapai Youth Choirs and feature girls ages 9-11, said director Michelle Grubert.

“I love the age group, and they have sweet, sweet voices at this time,” Grubert said. “They almost always sing naturally well.”

The girls in Voci Genesi had their first concert around Christmas and were on stage singing in the “Give My Regards to Broadway” gala, Hardy said. For their first year out, being able to participate in the setting of a gala was a wonderful accomplishment for them, she said.

“Unbroken Circle not only allows audiences to experience what these kids are capable of, but it’s entertaining and enjoyable as well," Hardy said. "It’s good for the kids, too, as they’re being taught professionalism, commitment, responsibility and teamwork," she said.

“There’s so many components that are interwoven into what we do,” Hardy said. “The performances are just a culmination of all that we work towards for each season.”

By Jason Wheeler, follow him on Twitter @PrescottWheels, reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037.