Longtime Verde Valley Voices Music Director Beverly Hall loves this time of year. "When the days become warm, the flowers first appear and the birds return - I get excited!" she exclaims. "I love spring - it's a promise that life goes on and we are renewed."
On Saturday, May 3rd, Beverly Hall will proudly conduct her final inspiring concert before retiring as the acclaimed Verde Valley Voices music director - a position she has held for the past 15 years.
This special event will be held at the Verde Baptist Church at 102 S. Willard Street in Cottonwood - a new venue for the Voices. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m and the show will commence at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 each - available at Verde Floral in Old Town Cottonwood, from any choir member, or at the door.
With her final performance drawing near, Hall has been reflecting on her time as Director of the Verde Valley Voices. "The most important factor of the Voices is the wonderful people," she says. "The amazing thing is - when we come together as a group, together we are much more than the individual."
Hall, with piano accompanist Nancy Bright, will lead the Voices in an uplifting and joyous program filled with a blend of inspiring springtime songs and well-loved audience favorites. Joining Bright are talented local musicians Frankie Chavez (Drums), Keith Hammes (Keyboard), Selwyn Reams (String Bass), Mike Raber (Guitar) and Joan Spring (Rhythm).
The Verde Valley Voices are ecstatic and grateful to be using the Verde Baptist Church as their new performance location for this concert. The Verde Baptist Church promises to highlight this musical performance with its outstanding acoustics and performance-friendly layout.
A unique medley of songs from the musical Fiddler On The Roof features a jazz ensemble of terrific guest musicians including violinist Marion Maby, Jason Sloan on oboe and guitarist Mike Raber. Adding to this perfect compilation of the show's greatest hits is soloist Phil Rosen, who will be performing the part of Tevye.
Happiness, showcases lyrics by local poet Joan Wolf Prefontaine with original music by renowned local composer Sy Brandon. This clever poem conveys the emotional experience of surviving another day living in the desert to appreciating Arizona's beauty.
Traditional Irish folk song Danny Boy will also be performed by the Voices. This piece is a personal favorite of Hall's, who believes that "many people have memories of this song that relates to their past".
Holy, Holy, Holy, an inspirational selection, will feature the Verde Baptist Church choir in a special double-choir performance.
The Voices will also sing the beautiful and moving How Can I Keep From Singing. Hall believes that there is a strong connection between this piece and the Voices. "That could be our theme song- 'my life flows on in endless song'" she reflects. The Voices and their special triple quartet will have you humming this heartfelt song even after you leave the concert.
In addition to these pieces, the Voices will be performing an assortment of other selections, including I Believe in Springtime, featuring a multi-quartet of selected choir members, as well as other musical favorites -- Hello Dolly, Over the Rainbow and others.
The last piece of the show, Happy Trails, seems to be a beautiful fit for a farewell to Hall. "Instead of riding off into the sunset, we're looking for new and exciting roads to travel," she shares. "I feel so blessed to be a part of this amazing group of singers. They have enriched my life more than I ever could have imagined."
Please join the Verde Valley Voices in both welcoming spring to Verde Valley and wishing longtime Music Director and Conductor Beverly Hall a fond farewell at the concert on Saturday May 3rd at 3 p.m. at the Verde Baptist Church in Cottonwood.
Visit www.verdevalleyvoices.org for more information.
Posted: Sunday, April 27, 2014
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Joy of Spring is aptly named for Ms Hall's final concert. She has brought years of "joy" to this community and we owe her a fond farewell.
Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014
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Thanks, Bev, from the bottom of our hearts for all you have done for us in the Voices, the community, and most especially, for our family. David and I, along with the kids--Sylvane, Lydia, Ethan and Joanna--love you so very much. Best wishes to you with your "Happy Trails" ahead.