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4/16/2012 8:09:00 AM
Canyon Singers' 21st Earth Day concert canceled
Music of Earth and Sky
Canyon Singers’ 21st annual spring concert will be on Earth Day, April 22, at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in West Sedona. The director and founder is Sandra Reid,
Canyon Singers’ 21st annual spring concert will be on Earth Day, April 22, at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in West Sedona. The director and founder is Sandra Reid,

Sandra Reid, director of Canyon Singers, has announced that the group's planned concert for this Sunday, April 22nd, is canceled.

"About one third of the group is under the weather," Reid explained. "For over two weeks many of them have been unable to attend our twice weekly rehearsals. We're too small a group to do justice to our planned program when so many members can't practice. And the date was chosen to work around other community events plus the travel plans of several singers."

People who purchased tickets can get a refund from the singers from whom they were purchased.

"Canyon Singers members were very reluctant to decide that this cancellation is necessary. In 21 years it has never happened. We greatly regret this cancellation and any inconvenience to our loyal attendees," Reid said.

For information call Sandra Reid at 282-5928.


Canyon Singers' 21st annual spring concert will be performed on Earth Day, Sunday, April 22, at 3 p.m. at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. The concert's theme, "Sounds of Earth and Sky," celebrates the natural world that inspired so many residents to transplant themselves to Sedona.

"When I think about Earth Day, I think about how Sedona's red earth and blue sky draw people here," says Sandra Reid, founder and director of Sedona's community chorus. "So I searched for music that captures those wonders. I also invited several instrumentalists to join us to enrich our musical celebration."

A trilogy of songs called "Where the Earth Meets the Sky" includes "In Time of Silver Rain," "The Pasture," (a musical setting of a Robert Frost poem,) and "Song of the Earth," which invokes ancient Mohawk words and connects us with native peoples' reverence for the earth. Closer to home, "Sedona Serenade," written by Canyon Singer Sue Clemenz and arranged by Reid, was written over the 5 year period after Clemenz moved to Sedona in 1976.

Interspersed with choral numbers will be special pieces including "Bein' Green," (Kermit's song) by tenor Michael Teeple; "Who has Seen the Wind?" and "Milk and Honey" by Canyon Singer's women's trio (Three Sing,) and "From a Distance," a solo by soprano Beth Sanford.

Kathie Jossie, Canyon Singers' accomplished pianist, will be joined by pianist Beverly Hall in a four-hand accompaniment of one choral piece. Flutist Anthony Flesch will perform with several choral songs, and

Allen Ames and Maryanne Kremer-Ames will add violin, guitar, and percussion to selected pieces. In fact, Flesch, Ames and Kremer-Ames will all be adding to the excitement of "Riversong," a Celtic number.

Other music includes "The Lark in Clear Air," "A Separate Song," a medley of "Shenandoah" and "Deep River," and John Rutter's "The Gift of Music."

Canyon Singers' concerts tend to attract a full house, and Reid will start the concert promptly at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 22, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church on Arroyo Pinon Dr. in West Sedona. Suggested donation is $10. Tickets are available from Canyon Singers members, at the door prior to the concert, or by calling Reid to put tickets on hold up to 2:45 p.m. prior to the concert.

For further information call Sandra Reid at 282-5928.

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