True Concord Voices & Orchestra will end next season with the premiere of the first in a series of new works commissioned by its patron saint Dorothy Dyer Vanek.

But before it gets to the end, the professional ensemble will celebrate the Brits, honor the dead, sing carols by candlelight, dance with Leonard Bernstein and assemble a whole lot of talent onto one stage for one of the most popular works in the classical cannon.

True Concord concerts are held at several venues throughout the city and in Green Valley. For locations, visit its website at

  • “The British are Coming! Byrd to the Beatles,” featuring True Concord choir, soloists and chamber players; Oct. 12-15.
  • “Metamorphosis: Celebrating Day of the Dead,” with the choir, soloists and organist Guy Whatley. Works include David Lang’s “the little match girl passion” and Fauré’s Requiem; Nov 2-5.
  • “Christmas Lessons Carols by Candlelight,” with the choir, soloists, a harpist and Whatley on organ; five performances Dec. 7-10.
  • “Bernstein Mass!,” part of the Tucson Desert Song Festival, featuring True Concord choir and chamber players, University of Arizona Dance Ensemble, Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and Grammy-nominated baritone Jubilant Sykes; Jan. 26 and 28, 2018.
  • “Verdi’s Requiem,” with the True Concord choir and orchestra, University of Arizona’s Arizona Choir, soprano Arianna Zukerman, mezzo-soprano Teresa Buchholz, tenor Hugo Vera, tenor and baritone Andrew Stuckey; Feb. 24 and 25.
  • “Emily Sings!: Evoking music in Emily Dickinson’s poetry,” a premiere of the first commissioned work of the Dorothy Dyer Vanek Fund for Excellence, featuring True Concord choir, soloists and orchestra in partnership with University of Arizona Poetry Center; March 22-25.

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