Sun Lakes Chorale Spring Concert set for March 24

Concert Accompanist, Caroline Brown

Concert Accompanist, Caroline Brown

Jan Ott

Enjoying the skills of accompanist Caroline Brown is a significant reason for attending the Chorale’s upcoming concert. Another major draw is Director Cris Temple-Evans’ ability to offer a program which just shouldn’t be missed.

On March 24, the community is invited to the Sun Lakes United Methodist Church at 9248 E. Riggs Road. Tickets are available from Chorale members and also at the Sun Lakes Ace Hardware’s “Ticket Tuesdays” from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 7, 14 and 21. Tickets may also be obtained by mail (with a self-addressed envelope and check) by contacting Carolyn Ellis at 480-883-6997.

The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Early arrival is recommended, and tickets may be purchased at the door, as available. Ticket cost is still just $10. If this choral group is new to you, learn more about them and their leadership team online at

The evening’s selections provide a wide variety of songs, chosen for their musical merits as well as the message they share. Audience members will recognize such upbeat favorites as “Music! Music! Music” (remember “Put another nickel in, in the nickelodeon . . .”?) and “Get Me to the Church on Time.” Additional rhythmic songs are the gospel “Slow Me Down, Lord” and “Dansi Na Kuimba” (the Swahili “Dance and Sing”). The talents of percussionist BJ Van Noy and a variety of choral solos will be additional attractions.

Composer John Rutter’s “The Gift of Music” or “And Wherever You Go” will likely touch the hearts of many in the audience. Offering more dramatic appeal are “Sure on This Shining Night,” with its unique rhythms and contemporary harmonies, and a reprise of “The Awakening,” an emotional message urging listeners to consider the role music plays in our lives.

People listen and hear music from different perspectives. Some possess a rich musical history, perhaps with fixed preferences. Others come with fresh, open minds just happy to be pleasantly entertained. Some enter the door with a sense of anticipation; others arrive cautiously, bearing burdens or perhaps the need for a brief escape. Whoever you may be, know that those who are offering their music to you sincerely hope your day has became better for having shared this unifying experience.