Nate’s mother emailed me the following concert, which seems to qualify for review. It is at ASU:
Mesa Community College
Student Solo and Duo
Saturday, February 1, 2014 • 4:00 p.m.
ASU 5th Floor Recital Hall
Congratulations to all seven of our wonderful singers who auditioned for Regional Choir on Saturday. While Freshman Miriam did not place in the choir, she certainly is to be commended for putting herself on the line and singing a beautiful audition!
All of our other singers who auditioned on Saturday made it into this elite honor choir! Wow! With only 25 positions in each of the sections and hundreds of students auditioning, making it into the choir truly is an honor.
The results are as follows (last names not included):
- Nasrynn, soprano (18th place in section)
- Tiffanie, soprano (25th place in section)
- Christopher, tenor (1st place in section!)
- Anthony, tenor (15th place in section)
- TJ, bass (15th place in section)
- Andrew, bass (18th place in section)
The ticketed performance is open to the public. It is February 15 at 4:00 p.m. at McClintock High School.
Since we are in the Southwest Region, our students were competing with terrific singers from the following high schools, some of which are real musical powerhouses:
- Ajo School
- Antelope UHS
- Apollo HS
- Arizona Lutheran Academy
- Basha HS
- BASIS Chandler
- BASIS Mesa
- Buckeye UHS
- Cactus HS
- Carl Hayden HS
- Chandler HS
- Chandler Preparatory Academy
- Copper Canyon HS
- Deer Valley HS
- Dobson HS
- Estrella Foothills HS
- Franklin HS
- Greenway HS
- Hamilton HS
- Imagine Preparatory
- Ironwood HS
- Maryvale HS
- McClintock HS
- Mountain Ridge HS
- North Pointe Preparatory
- Northwest Christian School
- Parker HS
- Perry HS
- Phoenix Day School for Deaf
- Rhodes JH
- Salome HS
- Scottsdale Christian Academy
- Scottsdale Preparatory Academy
- Sequoia School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
- Sierra Linda HS
- Tempe Preparatory Academy
- Thunderbird HS
- Tonopah Valley HS
- Tri-City Christian Academy
- Valley Lutheran HS
- Westview HS
- Youngker HS
If you’ve been in the Disneyland park, you may know to look for the “hidden Mickeys” that seem to be all over the place. You may not know, as I didn’t, about these 16 tricks (“hidden gems“) that can make a visit to the park more interesting. (Sorry about the ads!)
In consultation with the Cantamus student council, I chose the repertoire for our spring semester, culminating in the concert on April 22. Here it is:
- You Are the Music, Dan Forrest
- Riu, Riu, Chiu, Anonymous
- Alleluia, Randall Thompson
- The Impossible Dream, Darion and Leigh
- Why Do Fools Fall in Love?, Lymon and Levy
- Embraceable You, George Gershwin
- For the Beauty of the Earth, John Rutter
- I Been in the Storm, Spiritual; Arr. Vicki Tucker Courtney
- Danny Boy, Ireland; Arr. Brad Printz
- Alleluia, Edward Wolfe
The last piece on the list is a possible addition to the concert.
We can begin rehearsing all of these pieces immediately, with the exception of “You Are the Music,” which is on order.
Tuesday (right after the long weekend) at our regular rehearsal we plan to check out your music to you. I also plan to have updated information on the Disney trip April 25-27. So be there and be on time!
Music students in 7th and 8th grades: the list of over 100 concerts suitable for review now is on the Music Class Downloads page.
TPA is fortunate to have a working, serious actor teaching drama to its 6th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Last night I was privileged to see Mr. Sanderson, who comes to us from the Chicago theater scene, in his Arizona acting debut as Austin in True West.
The play is American playwright Sam Shepard‘s intense, Tony award-winning story of two estranged brother’s rivalry and conflict when the wayward one suddenly reappears after years of isolation in the desert. The production I saw last night was set in Hollywood, with allusions to Palm Springs and the Arizona desert.
The play explores the question, “Is the true, old American west and its conflict between the outlaw and the lawman really dead? Or does it survive, deeply embedded in the American soul?” Echoing the story of Cain and Abel, the play gradually reaches a mighty, surprising climax.
Parent’s advisory: the script includes rough language and drinking and this production featured some pretty convincing theatrical violence.
Members of the TPA community who love the theater, or who simply want to experience live theater at its thought-provoking, disturbing best are urged to see Mr. Sanderson and his fellow actors.
Produced by Class 6 Theatre the show runs until January 19 at the Mesa Arts Center’s intimate Farnsworth Studio Theatre. Tickets were still available at press time.
Arizona ProArte Orchestra is offering free student tickets to their concert on January 19. This concert is acceptable for a concert review.
The orchestra is using our Zelman Center for two rehearsals, and so is offering free tickets for 10 of our students. Email me to let me know that you want them (don’t claim them if you think you might not use them). I’ll let you know how to obtain them.
In addition, a few more tickets are available. Call to reserve these tickets: 480-350-2TCA (2822).
Here is information about the concert:
Sunday, January 19, “Across the Pond,” Tempe Center for the Arts. Click here for more information.
The headline says it all. See you tomorrow, 7am, Zelman!
If you are planning to audition for the regional choir, come to the sight-reading coaching sessions. They will begin tomorrow at lunch time, 12:15 in Room 406. I plan to continue the coaching sessions every day at that time and place, Monday through Friday, until the auditions themselves on Saturday, January 25.
You can download your own practice materials here. Go to the link and then click on “Sight Reading.”
See you tomorrow!
If you are in 7th or 8th grade, welcome to a new semester of TPA music classes. Be sure to click on the tab above to see the Music Class Downloads page. The following items are up to date:
I expect to update the following soon:
- A list of concerts suitable for review
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