Verde Valley Voices express gift of music

What do the singers in American Idol, Glee and the Verde Valley Voices have in common? They all love to present the gift of music to their audiences.

"Gifts" is the umbrella theme, as The Verde Valley Voices perform another uplifting spring concert on Saturday, May 7, at the Verde Baptist Church at 3 p.m., under the superb direction of Beverly Hall and accompanied by the very talented pianist Nancy Bright.

The Voices has become one of the largest choirs in Northern Arizona with members living throughout the Verde Valley. They come together to sing for the pure enjoyment of delighting audiences with beautiful music and giving the gift of music to the community.

Joining the choir is accomplished drummer and percussionist Frankie Chavez, Richard Nix on string bass, Keith Hammes on keyboard, David Flores on guitar, Ken Mikell on harmonica and a special performance by Anita Brandon, oboist from the Verde Valley Sinfonietta.

The Cottonwood Community Band, led by Julie Smith, will entertain the audience with a prelude to the concert and will perform other select pieces with the Voices during the concert.

"When we were selecting the music for this concert, I was struck by how many ways we give and receive gifts," said Beverly Hall. "Gifts come in many forms, shapes and sizes. Usually we think of a gift as being a special present, just for us. Then there are hidden gifts that the Voices will be referring to through the music - we can't see or touch them but they are there on a higher emotional level."

According to Hall, the music being presented for this concert has been especially selected as a tribute to the "Gifts" - both given and received - that have a significant influence in our lives. From the gift of being an American and living in this remarkable country and the gift of our pioneer heritage, to the gift of how we are all connected by the ultimate gift of life. This collection of familiar and new music is guaranteed to set the tone for a glorious spring season.

Capturing the spirit of America, the Verde Valley Voices will open their Spring Concert performing "An AmericanTribute." a medley of classic American songs including "This Land is Your Land", "Shenandoah", "Dixie" and "This Is My Country". Other featured selections encompass all time favorites "Home on the Range", "Ghost Riders in the Sky" to songs celebrating the gift of patriotism with the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "God Bless America".

The Voices will introduce a brand new song in tribute to those Americans who died on 9/11 called "O How Beautiful, This Finely Woven Earth."

The text was inspired by that devastating event that took place at the Twin Towers in New York City.

"This piece is one of the most poignant, with discord resolving to rich harmonies." noted Beverly Hall.

Tickets to the Saturday, May 7, concert at the Verde Baptist Church in Cottonwood are $10 each or 3 for $25 and are available at Verde Floral in Old Town Cottonwood, Planet Video, from any choir member or at the door.

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