Verde Valley Voices honor America

Celebrate America with the Verde Valley Voices at their annual Spring Concert April 28 at 3 p.m.

Director Beverley Hall has planned a concert of American folk music, patriotic songs and inspirational music.

The Verde Valley Voices have never performed a concert focusing on patriotism, but she thought the time was right. "It is freedom. It is liberty," Hall said. "And yes, it's because of who we are as a people, diverse and independent and yes, it's because of Sept. 11."

Accompanied by Helen Lewis, the concert features some well-known music, such as Old Dan Tucker, The Yellow Rose of Texas and music that some may not know, like the hymn, Say A Little Prayer for Peace by local composer Jon Nicholsen.

The Verde Valley Voices also will perform be performing a piece that includes the words of poet Robert Frost's The Road Less Traveled. The choir finishes off their concert with the famous Battle Hymn of the Republic, joined by the Cottonwood Community Band.

Also joining the Voices are special guests Marianna Hartsong and Rick Mix from the Flagstaff Symphony.

Hartsong, of Camp Verde, will play violin, along with Munds Park resident Mix on the string bass. The Verde Valley Voices also have a few special tricks up their sleeves for the night. The barbershop quartet and trio, all of whom are members of the larger choir, will perform. Don't miss the quartet's rendition of Old St. Louie as well as the trio's Leave No Song Unsung and the popular Rock-A-My-Soul.

In their fifth year, the Verde Valley Voices are well known throughout the Verde Valley for their concerts and their community work. They can be found touring the retirement homes of the Verde Valley, performing Christmas concerts, as well as performances at several community events. The Voices recently underwent a change of leadership when they hired Hall, an accomplished musician, teacher and director, to lead them and well-known organist, pianist and director Helen Lewis to accompany them.

The fifth annual Verde Valley Voices Spring Concert will be held at the Verde Baptist Church, 102 S. Willard St., in Cottonwood.

Tickets are $5 for seniors and children and $6 for general admission and can be purchased at Verde Floral, Built Upon A Rock, The Parlor Company and Planet Video or at the door.

If you are interested in joining or need more information, call Lu Hixson at 634-2533.

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