At the academy: A roundup of free events

At the Academy: Two concerts and a talk on Alzheimer's

2013-11-14T00:00:00Z At the Academy: Two concerts and a talk on Alzheimer'sSubmitted by Mike Maharry Arizona Senior Academy Volunteer Arizona Daily Star

Nov. 16

Vail Chorale fall concert set for Saturday

The Vail Chorale will present its fall concert of “Choral Gems” at the Arizona Senior Academy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Now in its third season, the Vail Chorale has been presenting fall and spring concerts on the east side, featuring diverse styles that appeal to a variety of musical tastes. The ensemble will continue its tradition of opening the program with “America the Beautiful,” followed by an “Alleluia” by William Boyce.

Some of the best-loved choral music favorites will be performed, including Puccini’s “Humming Chorus” from “Madame Butterfly,” the “Cantique de Jean Racine” of Gabriel Faure, selections from Mendelssohn’s oratorio “Elijah,” the “Lacrimosa” from Mozart’s Requiem, and “How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place” from Brahms’ German Requiem.

The chorale’s accompanist, Merilee Leishman, will be featured as soloist playing a Chopin Polonaise, after which the ensemble will sing a pastiche of the four seasons, including Thomas Morley’s “It Was a Lover and His Lass” (celebrating spring), Edward Elgar’s “As Torrents in Summer” followed by jazzy arrangements of “Autumn Leaves” and “Winter Wonderland.”

Directed by the group’s founder, Fred Reinagel, assisted by Melissa Hale, the Vail Chorale is a non-auditioned choir open to all singers from high school age through adults. It is sponsored by the Arizona Senior Academy and the Vail School District.

For more information, email thevailchorale@gmail.com or call 647-3801.

Leslie Nitzberg

Nov. 19

Steel drum band

returns on Tuesday

Empire High School’s Imperial PANdemic Steel Drum Band will be performing its eighth concert at Academy Village’s Arizona Senior Academy at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The band is a little different each time it performs there, losing some members through graduation and gaining new ones from the younger classes. Since the band enjoys presenting a variety of music, each concert is fresh.

Directed by David Walton, a founding member of the University of Arizona Steel Drum band program, the Imperial PANdemic performs traditional Caribbean music, such as calypso, reggae and soca (soul calypso), along with pop, jazz and even the occasional classical piece.

The band’s playlist for Tuesday’s concert is still in the planning stages, but Walton said Bach’s baroque aria “Bist du bei mir” is on the short list. In keeping with the time of year, Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” March and “Waltz of the Flowers” may be heard as well.

Other possible offerings in the works are a salsa piece called “Father’s Day” and “Steelband Paradise,” composed by Trinidad native Ray Holman, one of the giants of steelpan music.

On Dec. 3, local residents will have another chance to hear this group. It will be performing that night at 7 p.m. at the Vail Theatre of the Arts, 10701 E. Mary Ann Cleveland Way. Admission is free.

Janet Kerans

Nov. 21

Nurse’s talk to focus

on Alzheimer’s support

“Hospice 101” is the title of the November wellness lecture at Academy Village next Thursday.

The lecture begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building.

The speaker will be Linda Zimmerman, a licensed practical nurse associated with Valor HospiceCare, who has emphasized Alzheimer’s disease care in her practice. A graduate of Arizona State University with a B.A. in health education, she received her LPN training at Pima Community College. Her talk will focus on Azheimer’s support and advance directives.

Zimmerman joined Valor HospiceCare in July after working in various Alzheimer’s communities since 1995. She is a former rancher in the Tucson area, raising horses that she used for therapy while working with abused women and children.

H. Deon Holt

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