Expect to hear prolonged cheers and possibly a standing ovation when True Concord Voices and Orchestra takes the stage this weekend.
And it will come before a single word is sung or a note is played.
The ensemble will make its first appearance after its Grammy moment — a Grammy win for Stephen Paulus’s “Prayers and Remembrances,” the cornerstone of True Concord’s CD “Far In the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus”; and a nomination for the album.
The ensemble missed out on taking home the prize for itself, but they own a big role in the Paulus win for best contemporary composition.
True Concord patron Dorothy Dyer Vanek commissioned the work for the ensemble in 2011 and supported the 2013 recording and a trip last September to New York for the group’s Lincoln Center debut. Paulus’s widow thanked Vanek from the Grammy stage, acknowledging that it all started with her support.
But once the applause dies down and the blush drains from True Concord founder and conductor Eric Holtan‘s cheeks, the group will show why it deserved to be on the Grammy stage alongside some of the country’s top choral ensembles in a concert that features Phoenix-based organist Guy Whatley.
Whatley, who has become a regular on Tucson stages, will anchor a concert of works for choir and organ. The program includes pieces by Mendelssohn and Brahms as well as Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” and Pärt’s “The Beatitudes.”