Don’t miss the Arizona Cantilena Chorale’s performance in Sun Lakes

Don’t Miss the Arizona Cantilena Chorale’s premiere performance in Sun Lakes on September 29, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., at Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 East Riggs Road, Sun Lakes, AZ 85248, Select Folk Songs from Around the World Fall Concert Series.

Arizona Cantilena Chorale, a 30-person professional choral ensemble under the direction of Dr. David Thye, is excited to announce its first performance in the Sun Lakes community in the beautiful Sun Lakes United Methodist Church. Hot off a successful tour in Portugal, the group brings international inspiration. This diverse repertoire of the Around the World concert series officially begins the group’s 2019-2020 performance season. Experience worldwide cultural influences that bring a fresh perspective through complex and heartwarming choral literature. Be sure and join us for an evening of entertainment and beauty that will engage you emotionally and spiritually.

About the Chorale: Established by Dr. Glenn Bennett in the late summer of 2005, the group of seasoned musicians has continued to grow in number and artistic excellence. Performance repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary choral works. They have collaborated with professional touring musicians, other local arts organizations, symphony orchestras, and other choral institutions, allowing them to produce exciting and surprising results through performing major works, such as Handel’s Messiah, the Messa di Gloria by Puccini, and supporting touring arts organizations. Through these efforts, Arizona Cantilena Chorale has established a growing following in the Valley of the Sun and made substantial contributions to the choral arts in the Greater Phoenix Area. They strive not just to perform with exceeding measures of excellence, but to inspire their audiences and community artists and musicians through a conscious engagement of a broader range of our community in a more personal and meaningful way.

Dr. David Thye, Artistic Director and Conductor. Dr. David R. Thye is a passionate conductor, educator, lecturer, and clinician. While inspiring excellence through artistic mastery, discipline, and musical integrity, Dr. Thye consistently delivers cutting-edge live performances with sincerity, focus, passion and enthusiasm.

In addition to his work as the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Arizona Cantilena Chorale, he also conducts with MidAmerica Productions and MidAm International as Conductor-in-Residence, performing in New York City’s Carnegie Hall several times a year. Dr. Thye also remains active as a conductor of music festivals across the U.S. and abroad.

Dr. Robert Mills, Principal Pianist. Dr. Robert Mills is a Clinical Associate Professor of Music and the vocal coach/accompanist for Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera. He is a frequent guest artist with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale and the Three Tenors of Mexico and is in high demand as a coach accompanist in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Dr. Mills concertizes throughout the United States as a collaborative pianist and has a special affinity for contemporary American art song.

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