Sons of Orpheus director and tenor Grayson Hirst, performing with soprano Vicki P. Love during a 2010 concert, will lead the male choir as it sings pieces by Wagner and Verdi tonight at Reid Park.


The Sons of Orpheus Men's Choir is not the only guest at tonight's Tucson Pops Orchestra concert.

A half dozen food trucks will have a built-in audience among the thousands of people expected to fill the sloping hillside of Reid Park's DeMeester Outdoor Performance Center. Those attending can grab a cheesesteak from Jackie's Food Court or Stolen Recipe BBQ's sliders while Grayson Hirst leads the male choir in "Pilgrim's Chorus" from Wagner's opera "Tannhäuser" and the Gypsies' "Anvil Chorus" from Verdi's "Il Trovatore."

Other food trucks scheduled to be there are The Rolling Chef, serving up gourmet tacos, cheesesteaks and roast beef sandwiches; Hellfire Pizza Co. baking gourmet pies and sandwiches; DC Jumbie with its Latin American fusion fare; and Pin-Up Pastries, the queens of cupcakes and whoopie pies.

The Sons of Orpheus, celebrating its 22nd season, also will perform the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Guest vocalist Lindsey McHugh, a University of Arizona sophomore music major, will take the spotlight for "Depuis le jour," from Charpentier's French opera "Louise"; and Luigi Arditi's playful "Il bacio" (The Kiss).

The Pops Orchestra, under the direction of Conductor László Veres, also will perform several patriotic tunes including "America the Beautiful," "Armed Forces Salute" and "Red, White and Brass."

The concert begins at 7 p.m. today at Reid Park, East 22nd Street and South Country Club Road. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. Details: or 722-5853.

Cathalena E. Burch