Sun Lakes Chorale hopes to make holidays merrier

Jan Ott

Time passes very quickly (or so it seems to Sun Lakes residents), and busy Arizona calendars fill like magic. Perhaps you purchased tickets for the Thursday, December 7, Holiday Concert at one of the October Activity Days. We hope so, because you won’t want you to miss this popular annual event.

The concert will again be held at the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church, 9248 E. Riggs Road, next to the Sun Lakes Library. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. Recommendation: Go early, as there’s usually a full and friendly house.

The $10 tickets may be purchased from a Chorale member by phone (Carolyn Ellis, 480-883-699, will need your check and a self-addressed, return envelope) or at Sun Lakes Ace Hardware’s “Ticket Tuesdays” from 10:00 a.m. until noon on November 7, 14, 21 and 28. They may also be purchased at the door, as available, on performance night. Learn more about the Chorale, their schedule and personnel at

The Chorale consists of both male and female voices, happily capable of producing complex harmonies. They thrive on professional leadership and accompaniment. This diverse group includes previous music educators, part-time composers, instrumentalists, theater members, church and other choir members, barbershop singers and those with fewer credentials but the enviable ability to easily handle harmonies and challenging tempos.

What kind of music will be on their program? The evening opens with the impressive “Festival Gloria,” guaranteed to inspire and demonstrate the musicianship of this group. Familiar carols such as “Bring a Torch…,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and The First Noel” will likely please many listeners. For nostalgic enjoyment, “Skatin’ with My Baby” will coax some smiles. For pure sentiment, “I’ll be Home for Christmas” will recapture memories of the past. In addition, solos and instrumental bonuses (plus a singalong) will hopefully provide something for everyone’s enjoyment.

Along with enthusiastic singers, prepare to enjoy a beloved director who sincerely hopes to send each audience member home happier than when they arrived. Others joining this quest include the Chorale’s own percussionist, their talented pianist/organist and guest musicians. Audience members certainly will be entertained … at a program chosen for families, for visitors and all who may need a special treat. Don’t miss it!