Greece-visiting refrain: Tucson girls's singing group seeks members for tour

The Arizona Ladies’s Refrain is recruiting singers to take part in a musical tour of Greece subsequent yr.

The choir is trying so as to add no less than 50 singers to its present 30-person group. women and men will need to have choral singing expertise and be no less than 18 years outdated. The journey will value about $3,500, plus airfare.

The nineteenth Annual Nice and Grand Music and Tradition Tour will happen in Athens and Syros, Greece, in July 2024.

The group — previously referred to as the Southern Arizona Ladies’s Refrain — is one among three choruses who had been invited to participate within the tour by MidAmerica Productions.

“It is the primary time I have been invited to be a visitor conductor, so I am very excited for this,” Terrie Ashbaugh, conductor of the refrain since 1998, mentioned.

Throughout every occasion the person choirs will sing for half-hour apiece earlier than performing a bit of music collectively.

The Pan-European Philharmonia and the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra will probably be featured on the tour together with chosen soloists.

“It will likely be nice. We will probably be performing with a full orchestra and singers will be a part of us in Athens as nicely,” she mentioned. “We may also go see the Acropolis and the Greek Isles, which will probably be a fantastic alternative to share their expertise with one other a part of the world.”

Ashbaugh will probably be conducting “Really feel the Spirit,” a cycle of seven acquainted spirituals, organized by English composer and conductor John Rutter.

“The ladies who can go could be a part of the Arizona Ladies’s Refrain and rehearse with us. The boys will study the music on their very own and be a part of us for rehearsal within the spring,” Ashbaugh mentioned. “I additionally will ship a Zoom invitation to allow them to watch the rehearsal in the event that they want.”

“If you sing collectively, the physique produces endorphins that maintain us pleased, and if you sing with a gaggle, your hearts beat as one. You expertise the music collectively,” Ashbaugh mentioned.

Ashbaugh is trying ahead to the journey and mentioned it will likely be a particular expertise for the refrain.

Anybody concerned about collaborating ought to contact Ashbaugh at [email protected] “ASAP.” After she receives inquiries, she’s going to ship every individual the itinerary for the journey.

Ashbaugh mentioned she wants set commitments from the singers by October as funds for the journey start in November.