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Prescott Chorale concert to feature music by French composers

Prescott Chorale will perform a concert featuring music by French composers on Saturday, April 27. (Courtesy)

Prescott Chorale will perform a concert featuring music by French composers on Saturday, April 27. (Courtesy)

A little bit of France is coming to Prescott as the Prescott Chorale is set to perform a concert Saturday, April 27, featuring music by French composers.

“In keeping with the Chorale’s mission to bring music not before heard here in Prescott, the audience will thereby deepen their appreciation for wonderful music from different cultures,” according to a release news release from Tom Agostino. “The mission of the Prescott Chorale is to perform choral music of exceptional quality in a highly professional manner, emphasizing masterworks which inspire, challenge, entertain and educate our singers and our audiences.”

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. with a pre-concert talk by Artistic Director Dennis Houser at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 2000 Shepherds Lane.

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Mary Kray

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Jacqueline Alcocer

Tickets are $21 for adults, $5 for students and free for children, available at www.prescottchorale.org.

Called “The French Connection: From Paris to Prescott,” the concert has Camille Saint-Saëns’ “Messe de Requiem” as its centerpiece. It was written in 1878 over a period of eight days in memory of his friend and patron Albert Libon.

The chorale will also perform Gabriel Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine,” which the composer wrote when he was 19 years old.

The featured soloists for the concert are soprano Jacqueline Alcocer and mezzo soprano Mary Kray, the winners of the Third Prescott Chorale Young Artists Competition.

“Voice students from Arizona’s universities and colleges vied for scholarships to further their academic and professional vocal studies,” the release states. “Scholarship winners each receive a $1,000 vocal scholarship.

Alcocer is a first-year graduate student in vocal performance at Northern Arizona University and is set to participate in Boston Conservatory’s supper opera program in Valencia, Spain. Kray is also pursuing a vocal performance degree at Northern Arizona University, received the Metropolitan Opera Encouragement Award in 2018 and the Edgar Stone Scholarship Award in 2019 and will study opera over the summer in Bavaria, Germany.

For more information about Prescott Chorale, visit www.prescottchorale.org.

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