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4/23/2012 9:05:00 AM
Verde Valley Voices: Western Concert celebrates Arizona's Centennial
The Verde Valley Voices, with Nancy Bright at the piano.
The Verde Valley Voices, with Nancy Bright at the piano.
Bev Hall and Nancy Bright
Bev Hall and Nancy Bright
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What: Verde Valley Voices Western Centennial Concert"

Date: Saturday, April 28, at 3 p.m. Doors open at 2:15 p.m.

Location: Mingus Union High School (new venue for this concert) 1801 E. Fir, Cottonwood

Tickets: $10 or 3 for $25.

Available at Verde Floral in Old Town Cottonwood, 752 N. Main Street (928)634-5509, Planet Video in the Safeway Center, from any choir member or at the door.

For additional information:

Janet Turner, President Verde Valley Voices 928-649-3172

All you cow pokes and cow girls out there, come on out and help the Verde Valley Voices celebrate Arizona's 100th Anniversary. There's going to be a whole bunch of singing going on at Mingus Union High School - a new venue for this tribute concert- on Saturday, April 28.

Get ready to saddle up and check out the ruckus! Doors open at 2:15 p.m. and with the performance at 3 p.m. Tickets are just $10 each or a barn storming bargain of 3 for $25. Find them at Planet Video, Verde Floral in Old Town Cottonwood, from any choir member or at the door.

"Our effervescent Choir Director Beverly Hall and renowned piano accompanist, Nancy Bright have been preparing the Voices to present a wide selection of songs that have deep connections to Arizona and its western heritage," stated Janet Turner, president of the Voices.

The 100+ member community choir will don their best western attire to commemorate Arizona's Old West heritage and perform toe-tapping pieces ranging from Paint your Wagon to Route 66, Home on the Range to Happy Trails to you, and many more.

With James Ball as the master of ceremonies, the concert's cast of supporting musicians include some top area talent ...drummer and percussionist Frankie Chavez, Richard Nix on string bass, Keith Hammes on keyboard, Mike Raber on guitar and Joan Spring rhythm.

"In selecting the music for this concert, we wanted to create a special tribute to the cowboys, miners and pioneers who settled Arizona" said Beverly Hall.

A color guard flag presentation by the Cottonwood Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron 212 will open the show as the choir and audience join in to sing God Bless America.

Some of the tunes that capture the spirit of Arizona, include songs from "Paint your Wagon" with its images of the wild, wild west. Folks were heading west with a dream. The pioneers had a hard time settling down in one place - so they were always following a "Wanderin Star". For a few of those who did settle down, it was always exciting when "The Coach was Comin In", and when no one is listening, we "Talk to the Trees". Sometimes it seems like they don't listen either! Around Arizona we get a lot of wind - we may even call it "Maria." But it certainly can howl and does blow the dust and clouds around.

"The Road Home," featuring soprano soloist Julie Smith, follows naturally as we seek to find a home after wandering in a dark rainstorm. It's good to feel at home where we belong.

"Cowboy Collage" is a collection of real old cowboy tunes. It depicts a rather forlorn and troubled life in the old west. Life was not always easy, but it sure was exciting!

The Voices will perform the popular jazzy rendition of "Route 66" that was written in 1946 commemorating the main route to the west from Chicago to LA. For a few privileged folks that kind of pleasure of seeing the West from a car speeding on a two lane road through old towns and lots of empty plains will never be forgotten.

"Over the Rainbow" is in tribute to our wonderful rainbows after a monsoon storm that reaches across the sky with even a double rainbow, if we're lucky.

"Happy Trails" is a lovely way to wish a person goodbye. It brings up thoughts of riding your favorite horse down the trail and perhaps into a sunset.

"Our Richard Rodgers medley has several songs that remind me of Arizona", stated Hall. "The hills are alive with the "Sound of Music" certainly could apply to our Verde Valley. We don't have too many "Surreys with the Fringe on Top" around anymore except in parades now and then. For sure, we do have plenty of flowers and produce when "June is Bustin out."

Plus we're planning to take a little fun poetic license with "Oklahoma" and change it to we're doing fine in "Arizona" said Director Hall with a wink.

And, as always, we wish for everyone to "Let There be Peace on Earth".

The tunes to be performed would make Dale and Roy proud! Tumble on through the tumbleweeds and come join in the fun!

Tickets to the Saturday, April 28th, 3 p.m. concert at Cottonwood's Mingus Union High School are $10 each or 3 for $25. for more info.

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