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about our London Drama Tour Presentation


For immediate release – Sept. 14, 2017
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London, Spain and beyond

San Tan Community Performing Arts new international travel arm to bring American culture, music, theatre abroad

What could be better than traveling and performing in some of the most beautiful and historic places in the world? That’s what Matthew Frable, artistic director and co-founder of the East Valley-based San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA), wondered, and the result is the formation of San Tan Travelers.

The Travelers, which adds international touring to the STCPA performing arts mission, launches with a journey to London on June 4-11, 2018. Members of STCPA’s San Tan Players, the drama branch, will travel with drama students from Chandler’s Seton Catholic Prep, where Frable is chair of the Fine Arts Department.

All interested community members ages 14 and older are welcome to join the Travelers on the Drama Appreciation Tour, which is affiliated with Encore Tours. James Smith, Encore’s regional director, will present information about the London tour on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. at Fountain Hills Theater, 11445 N. Saguaro Blvd., in Fountain Hills, and at 8 p.m. in Seton’s Fine Arts three-story building west of the domed chapel. Seton is located at 1150 N. Dobson Road, in Chandler. Encore Tours is a division of the American Council for International Studies, which has been hosting educational tours for students for four decades.

“The addition of San Tan Travelers to our STCPA family is a great way for us to focus on future travel adventures as we look to expand the types of tours we take,” Frable said. “We are looking forward to bringing together our membership with high school students to explore and experience theatre culture in London.”

Tour coordinator Betty Frable said the Travelers hope to be visiting many places and bringing many types of performances of choral, orchestra and drama to its audiences. “San Tan Travelers opens the world to STCPA as ambassadors of performance art and appreciation of world cultures and their contributions to the arts,” she said.

The London tour will include a workshop at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, tickets to the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company and two theatrical performances in the London West End. There will be plenty of sightseeing — the University of Oxford, William Shakespeare’s birth and burial places, Trafalgar Square, Windsor Castle and the House of Parliament, among other sites — and fine dining woven throughout the tour.

Cost is $3,879 per person, plus optional insurance upgrades, tour extension assistance and customized packages. For more information, visit www.stcpa.org/tours or email travelers@stcpa.org. The tours are open to all, and student scholarships are available.

Looking ahead, the Travelers are planning a trip to Spain and Portugal in June 2019, combining the talents of the San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra with other community vocalists and instrumentalists. The excursion, from June 17-27, will take the Travelers across Spain from Barcelona, Valencia, Granada, Seville and Madrid, for performances and sightseeing. An optional three-day excursion to the cities of Salamanca, Porto and Lisbon, Portugal, also will be offered.

To register your interest in the 2019 trip, visit STCPA’s Join Us page, www.stcpa.org/join.htm.

It may have a new touring arm, but STCPA is no stranger to travel in the U.S. and Europe. Its first five tours:

• June 2017 — The San Tan Chorale and Fountain Hills Community Chorus traversed the Republic of Ireland, performing in castles, abbeys and cathedrals in five cities around the Emerald Isle. A highlight was performing at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, the country’s largest Catholic church.

• June 2015 — Vocalists joined with six other choirs to perform in Salzburg, Austria, for the 50th anniversary movie premiere of “The Sound of Music.”

• June 2013 — Members traveled to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg, Pa., to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, performing at the Gettysburg National Military Park and visiting numerous national monuments.

• June 2011 — STCPA joined six other choirs for Memorial Day commemorations in Washington, D.C., with performances at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at the National Archives.

June 2009 — Vocalists helped Hawaii celebrate its 50th year of statehood by performing at several venus and squeezing in some sightseeing, including to the USS Arizona.

Potential travelers can learn more and register at www.stcpa.org/join.htm, and those wanting to support STCPA’s musical and theatrical mission should visit www.stcpa.org/support.htm, email travelers@stcpa.org or call 480.525.7293.


For immediate release – Aug. 11, 2017

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Free music education that is dy-no-mite

San Tan Chorale lights the fuse on its 2017-18 season

 

Highly-charged music that will enable community members of all ages to sing and enjoy a wide variety of music, while learning about their composers and meeting new people, will be presented this season by the San Tan Chorale.

 

The Chorale’s first choral music workshop of the TnT — “Tune-up & Treats” — series will focus on American musicals.  “Give My Regards to Broadway” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road, in Gilbert. Refreshments will be served, and a free-will offering will be collected.

 

Part of the East Valley-based nonprofit, San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA), the Chorale is directed by STCPA’s artistic director and co-founder, Matthew Frable. An accomplished musician, director, organist, music and drama teacher, Frable will frame each of the five Tuesday evening TnTs with highlights and appreciation of various music genres with songs from musicals and movies, popular tunes, music history and patriotism.

 

“Our TnT evenings will be a great time to get together with other singers, learn some music and share some fellowship in a relaxed and informal atmosphere,” Frable said.  “Bring a friend to join us for music and singing.”

 

The non-audition Chorale is always looking for new members of all voices and experience levels. For more information about the Chorale and the TnTs, along with ways to support STCPA, visit www.stcpa.org or call 480.525.7293.

 

To Join Us for all five music appreciation events, go to www.stcpa.org/join.htm.  Remember, the TnT events are free.

 

About San Tan Community Performing Arts, presenting musical and theatrical entertainment and education to the community for 12 seasons

San Tan Chorale, as the first branch of STCPA, was launched in the fall of 2006 with 29 members. Spring 2016’s membership reached 65, and annual masterwork sessions have reached close to 100. All totaled, more than 350 members have performed with the Chorale. As the last note resounds in the winter of 2018, the Chorale will have given 68 performances. With tour concerts, members of the Chorale have performed more than 100 concerts.

San Tan Orchestra — Gifted instrumentalists have always accompanied and enhanced the Chorale’s concerts, performing works by Schubert, Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Beach, and Rutter, among others. It is a unique opportunity to perform these master works. In October of 2010, the Orchestra performed its first stand-alone premiere concert under the direction of Brian Viliunas. Katherine Shields conducted through two seasons including the presentation of delightful premiere compositions. Matthew Frable led a rousing presentation of well-known overtures and underscores during STCPA’s 10th anniversary season and directs the Orchestra and Chorale in annual masterwork concerts. In 2017, in-home chamber concerts were added,  offering a comfortable and intimate setting for this ensemble music.

San Tan Players, the theatrical branch of STCPA, gave it first performances in January 2010, with its debut performance of the jovial farce, “A Ring of Truth” at the first Madrigal Feaste. The Players appeared again with “Three Jesters in the Fountain” for 2011’s second Madrigal Feaste and offered its first Holiday Madrigal Feaste in November 2015, presenting “A Holiday Fruitcake & Other Matters of Substance.” Spring of 2018 will bring an original one-act play, “Cyrano & Juliet,” along with popular recitations during the presentation of Dramatic Delights.

San Tan Travelers — This branch of STCPA tours with membership, other community choirs, instrumentalists, dramatists and their guests. Participants have taken five tours and two more are planned for the summers of 2018 and 2019. In touring we serve as ambassadors to all, bringing our culture and fine arts to the world while we are being enriched by cultural diversity, shared performances and educational opportunities. Our tours have been to Hawaii, celebrating its 50th year of statehood, to Washington, D.C., joining in Memorial Day commemorations, to Washington, D.C. and Gettysburg, Pa., commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, to Salzburg, Austria, for the 50th anniversary of the movie premiere of “The Sound of Music,” and to the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland with seven Chorale performances in castles, an abbey, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin.

STCPA Community Events have included Chorale and Orchestra members in performances for Sister’s Christmas Catechism, the Chandler Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, Maricopa County’s 12k’s of Christmas, San Tan Mountain  Regional Park’s Wonderland, Gateway Airport’s Aviation Days, a Memorial Day concert, the Florence 4th of July Parade and Concert, and holiday caroling at Childsplay. As part of educating the community, STCPA hosted a Choral Camp in June of 2014, teaching the basics of music theory and vocal technique. A Master Class for vocalists was presented by gifted soloist and vocal instructor Georgine Stark in May of 2016.   The 2017-18 Chorale season, “Tune-up & Treats,”  will offer five free choral evenings with opportunities for singing and education of music appreciation open to everyone.

 

2017 Ireland Tour Articles

Click each link to read 2 excellent articles by Barb Charzuk that were published in the Fountain Hills Times.
Article 1  ~  Article 2

For immediate release – April 17, 2017
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An evening of hurrahs and hisses

Music about heroes and villains to be performed by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale

Whether your preferences lean toward the heroics of James Bond and the Jedi or the dastardly deeds of Cruella de Vil and Elphaba the witch, you’re sure to be entertained by the good-versus-evil-themed music planned for San Tan Chorale’s May concert.

The Chorale, conducted by Matthew Frable, artistic director and co-founder of San Tan Community Performing Arts, will perform “Heroes and Villains,” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert. A second performance is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Dr. in Mesa. Cheers and jeers will be encouraged at both.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students. They are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door.

“There are heroes and villains all around us, — both fictional, from movies, cartoons and stories, and real, from history and politics — and they rescue us and challenge us daily,” Frable said. “The music for this concert is as diverse as the types of heroes and villains we encounter. Those in attendance will enjoy selections that are light and comical as well as pieces that are more serious and theatrical. All in all, the music will range from intense to jovial and will be as varied as the heroes and villains we meet.”

The Chorale will perform several selections by John Williams, one of America’s most beloved and decorated composers, whose specialty is film scores. Among Williams’ compositions on the Chorale’s program are the enormously popular “Duel of the Fates” from “Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace,” “Double Trouble” from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” and “Hymn to the Fallen” from “Saving Private Ryan.”

The concert also will present music through the centuries, including the instantly recognizable “William Tell Overture” from the 1829 opera “William Tell,” and “Follow the Drinkin’ Gourd,” a 1928 American folk song that reportedly was used by a conductor of the Underground Railroad to guide some fugitive slaves.

Other favorites: the “James Bond Theme,” (you can hum this one, too, right?), “Cruella de Vil” from “101 Dalmatians,” “Defying Gravity” from “Wicked,” and the cautionary spiritual, “Don’t Walk Wit’ de Devil.”

Additionally, the Chorale will perform “The Rising of the Moon,” an Irish folk song and tip-o-the-hat to an upcoming tour of Ireland that three dozen members of Frable’s STCPA and his Fountain Hills Community Chorus are doing in June. Before the June 12-22 journey, the touring vocalists and additional members from both choirs will present American Sampler concerts at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 9, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran in Gilbert, and at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 Fountain Hills Blvd. The selections will offer a broad review of American music styles and regional qualities, including songs of the Southwest and our Arizona heritage.

The concerts are free, but goodwill offerings will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.stcpa.org or call 480.525.7293.


For immediate release – Jan. 19, 2017
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‘Janey Mack*!’ East Valley singers Ireland bound, and you’re invited

What’s better than sweating through another June in the Phoenix metro area? Most everything, but how about 10 days in Ireland — rolling green hills, crystal lakes and rivers, Victorian walled gardens and daytime temperatures in the low 60s?

Members of the San Tan Chorale and the Fountain Hills Community Chorus are touring parts of Ireland from June 12-21, and there is room for four more people. The Chorale, part of Mesa-based San Tan Community Performing Arts, and the Chorus, also will be singing at select venues throughout the countryside. Tenor and bass voices are especially needed, and rehearsals begin April 24. Non-singing spouses, family members and friends also are welcome.

The cost of the trip, which includes airfares, hotel accommodations, tours, transportation, many meals and other features is $3,439, with upgraded protection plans costing extra. A raffle to raise funds for the tour, with a grand prize of a trip for two to Paris, also is underway. More information is available at www.stcpa.org/tours.htm or by contacting Tour Coordinator Betty Frable at chorale@stcpa.org

The estimated 50 travelers will visit Galway and Clonmacnoise, a monastery founded in 544, the Connemara region where Gaelic is spoken and little has changed over the centuries. It has been called the wildest and most romantic part of Ireland. Kylemore Abbey, one of the oldest of the Irish Benedictine Abbeys, will be toured, and a concert there is planned.

En route to Killarney, the group will explore the southern shore of Galway Bay and Dunguire Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and Shannon Ferry Crossing, and tour the Ring of Kerry, with its rugged and verdant coastal landscapes and rural seaside villages. Two days in Waterford is scheduled, including a visit to the fabled Blarney Castle, Jameson Distillery for a taste of Irish whiskey, and trips to the imposing ruins of Cormac’s Chapel, Cahir Castle and the Lismore Cathedral.

The musicians will spend two days in Dublin, Ireland’s capital, and experience a panoramic sightseeing tour of Dublin City, as well as Trinity College, home of the Book of Kells, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. An optional one-day extension is available to Belfast at the end of the trip for an extra fee.

The travelers will present Bon Voyage Concerts on Friday, June 9, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert, and on Saturday, June 10, at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church. The performances are free. More information is at www.stcpa.org.

*Janey Mack! is Irish slang for “gosh”!

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 Ireland Tour Announcement

Fountain Hills Times Article
by
Barb Charzuk
December 21, 2016


For immediate release – Jan. 21, 2017
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Composer just 21 at the time of its writing
San Tan Chorale and Orchestra to present once-buried, forgotten mass by Puccini

Long before Giacomo Puccini created his operatic masterpieces — “La boheme,” “Tosca,” and “Madama Butterfly,” the Italian composer penned a graduation thesis  to pay tribute to four generations of his family that had specialized in sacred music. He was 21 years old.

“Messa di Gloria” was performed, to resounding success, in 1880, then was all but forgotten as Puccini set aside his ecclesiastical compositions and focused on his major operatic works which eventually overshadowed the composer’s lone mass. But the music was found in 1951 by an American priest researching a book on the life of Puccini and introduced to American music lovers in 1952.

In February, “Messa di Gloria,” which is said to have “timeless and permanently brilliant character,” will be performed by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra.

Under the direction of Matthew Frable, artistic director and co-founder of San Tan Community Performing Arts, the mass will be heard at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. 1st Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students. They are available at
www.stcpa.org or at the door.

"In 11 years of performing concerts in Arizona and at special events around the country and the world," Frable said, "the Chorale and Orchestra have never before tackled a work by Puccini." 

“Comprised of the typical mass movements, the work includes a thrilling Gloria movement with multiple changes in texture and tempo,” Frable said. “Although this work was written before Puccini focused his compositional energies toward operas, there are some sections that hint in the direction of his later works – providing us with glimpses of full operatic choruses singing on a grand stage. The performance will be a treat for all to hear.”

Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (1858-1924) has been called “the greatest composer of Italian opera after Verdi.” Puccini studied at the Institute of Musicale of Lucca, Italy, where he composed his mass. It marked the culmination of his family's long association with church music in his native Lucca. Puccini is the composer of 10 operas.

In addition to the Gloria, the five-part “Messa di Gloria” features the Kyrie, Credo, Sanctus and Agnus Dei. The San Tan Chorale and Orchestra’s upcoming performances will feature Kathy Renfro on piano and will be anchored by two soloists:

Tenor Jeffrey Strand maintains an active performing career, recently appearing in the Southern California premiere of Adam Gorb's new opera, “Anya 17,” and as tenor soloist in the Gran Gala di Verdi with Angels Vocal Arts Opera Festival in Los Angeles. Strand was a Young Artist with the Tulsa Opera in 2015, covering Lennie in Floyd's “Of Mice and Men,” and has sung with the Royal College of Music, London, in France with OU Opera Theatre, NAU Opera, Flagstaff Light Opera Company, and with the Flagstaff in Fidenza opera program in Italy. He performed as tenor soloist in “Handel's Messiah” with the Grand Canyon Symphony, Phoenix Opera Orchestra and the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, as well as in Vaughn Williams' “Hodie" with the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, among others. He is an adjunct professor of voice at Grand Canyon University.

During his collegiate studies at Northern Arizona University, bass Andrew Sievers appeared in several productions and for the Flagstaff Light Opera Company (FLOC), and he performed regularly with local congregations and at the Canyon Moon Theater in Sedona with the Bohemians of Northern Arizona, a theater troupe he founded and directed. Major roles performed include the title role in “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” El Gallo in “The Fantasticks,” Reginald Bunthorne in Gilbert and Sullivan's “Patience,” The Baron Zeta in “The Merry Widow,” Papageno in “Die Zauberflöte,” and Junius in “The Rape of Lucretia.” He is a musician and directs the handbell choir at Saint Barnabas on the Desert in Scottsdale, and cantor at Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Ahwatukee.

Part of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA), the San Tan Orchestra has a wide range of ages and experience levels and welcomes new string, woodwind, brass and percussion players.  It will host a Chamber Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at 440 S. Brett St. in Gilbert, but seating is limited.

And the Chorale’s final performance of the 2016-17 season, scheduled for May 6 and 7, is titled, “Heroes & Villains.” It will be an opportunity for audience members to “cheer or sneer at their favorites,” Frable said, and will include both songs and dramatic presentations.

For more information, visit www.stcpa.org or call 480.525.7293.


We made local news with our Sound of Music Tour!
Click on the following links for articles & pictures.

Fountain Hills Times #1 ~ Fountain Hills Times #2

For immediate release – May 3, 2016

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East Valley Talents Lauded in 10th anniversary concert San Tan Chorale to perform director’s favorites

The 50 voice choir will perform a decade of song showcasing their director’s favorites. The broad range of dynamic musical selections will highlight this community choir’s growth and excellence. Under the direction of Matthew Frable, artistic director and co-founder of San Tan Community Performing Arts, San Tan Chorale, the vocalists are excited to share a concert with “a wide variety of styles, genres and types of songs - everyone is sure to hear a few of their own favorites.”

Frable’s inspiration for the concert’s content was the creation of a “celebration of our success; this concert is full of my favorite songs from our ten years. Many faithful singers and audience members who have been with us since our first session will remember all of the songs for this concert.” “Director’s Delights” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive in Mesa and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May15, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 880 W. Ray Road in Chandler. Tickets, $15 for adults and $5 for youth/students, are available at www.stcpa.org/tickets.htm or at the door.

From the spiritual favorite “Down by the Riverside” arranged by John Rutter to Hollywood famed “My Heart Will Go On” rendered so romantically by Celine Dion for the box office hit Titanic, the music is certainly memorable. Other selections like the sentimental favorite “Isle of Hope” will evoke the dreams of immigrant ancestors and courage. Along with the toe-tapping tune “Rhythm of Life” audience members will be sure to hear rhythms which resound long after the concert concludes. Director Frable assures “This will surely be an uplifting concert filled with inspiring songs, solos, instrumental accompaniment, and a few surprises to celebrate our anniversary.”

STCPA’s three branches for choral, orchestral, and dramatic presentation fulfill this organization’s intention to make performance arts accessible to all. “Our aim was to provide a welcoming and encouraging environment from the novice level to the professional. We are non-audition and welcome all talents to come together to create and share the joys of performance arts. Our decade of successful presentations has been truly rewarding and inspires us to continue to strive for excellence,” Co-founder Betty Frable said.

Longtime member of the Chorale Donna Lessard praises Frable’s directing style saying “You have that wonderful knack of being able to direct a group of adults without treating them like children. You have infectious enthusiasm for the music that allows all of us to be just as enthusiastic! You are always consistent in your conducting and that is SO refreshing! You also have that knack of giving a gentle criticism with a smile and little joke that makes the point, but takes the sting out of it. I can tell you that everyone in the choir really appreciates that!”Founding member Char Mahrer reflects on STCPA’s early days. “Ten years ago Betty and Matthew had a vision and my husband and I were privileged to be involved in helping them create a new choral group. It has been a wonderful, exciting experience watching the San Tan Chorale become the successful reality it is today.”

“It genuinely saddens me to see members leave knowing they’d love to continue performing, yet aging does take its toll,” shared Betty Frable concerning her role as STCPA’s Membership Coordinator. “We are very open to all with special physical needs whether that’s enlarging music for the visually impaired or accommodating performers who require seated positions; everyone is welcome.”

Retired members Jo and Russell Parson shared these comments after attending “The Seasons”, a Haydn’s masterwork. “Loved the concert on Sunday. The chorus was well blended and responded to Matthew's direction better than I remembered. The soloists were top quality and added to our enjoyment.”

Betty Frable concludes “We couldn't have done any of our programming without the talents of our membership, our dedicated personnel, volunteers, and our appreciative audience. We are geared up and excited about the seasons to come.”

For more information about the concerts or STCPA, call (480) 297-7552.
Additionally, STCPA has announced that renown soprano soloist and vocal coach Georgine Stark will present a Master Class instructing vocalists from San Tan Chorale. The community is welcome to attend this free event on May 12, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church - 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert.

The 2016-17 Season will be announced July 15 on their website. Registration to all three branches is always open; simply complete the Join Us form at www.stcpa.org  or call for further details (480) 297-7552.
 


For immediate release – Feb. 6, 2016

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19th century mass among the most foremost of its time

San Tan Chorale and Orchestra to perform Schubert swan-song mass

A mass completed by Austrian composer Franz Schubert in the final weeks of his young life will be performed this month by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra. Under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Matthew Frable, the Chorale and Orchestra will perform "Mass in E-flat Major, D. 950"at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, at First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. 1st Ave. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students. They are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door.

Although Schubert, who died in 1828 at age 31, never heard this mass performed, the bold and innovative creation has been enjoyed many times by audiences around the world. It was described as "the triumph and swan-song of his career" by Schubert scholar Brian Newbould.

In 10 years of performing concerts in Arizona and at special events around the country and world, the Chorale and Orchestra have never before tackled a Schubert composition, Frable said.

"This mass has drastic dynamic changes, which add to the excitement and interest of the various movements," he said. "These changes, along with the fresh harmonies throughout its six movements and the great blending acoustics in First United Methodist Church, will create a moving experience for both the audience and performers."

Schubert, the 12th child in family of 14, learned piano at age 5 and took up violin and singing three years later. From childhood, he had a close association with church music. His liturgical compositions seem to have started in 1812 with "Mass in F Major, D. 105," first performed in 1814. Schubert’s church music repertoire includes six completed masses, and he wrote more than 1,000 pieces of music, including more than 600 songs.

His last mass premiered in October 1829, nearly a year after his death, with Ferdinand Schubert, his older brother, conducting.

The Chorale and Orchestra’s upcoming performances will be anchored by four soloists: Soprano Adrienne Goglia, who studied music at and is pursuing a doctorate in vocal performance from Arizona State University, has been signing for more than 25 years. In addition to a number of theater credits, Goglia most recently was Mrs. Julian in ASU Lyric Opera Theatre's production of Benjamin Britten's "Owen Wingrave." Mezzo-soprano Claire Penneau (singing alto) recently toured Germany as a featured soloist in the Schumann’s "Liederfest." Locally, Penneau has sung in Mozart’s "Cosi fan Tutte," in the Phoenix Opera production of "Amahl and the Night Visitors," in "Die Zauberflöte," and in Three Oaks Opera’s mini production of Puccini’s "La Bohème." Tenor Ryan Glover, who has performed with the Phoenix Opera for six years, has been involved in multiple concerts and in performances of "The Magic Flute" and "La Traviata." Glover is working on a new episodic opera, "Vireo: The Spiritual Biography of a Witch’s Accuser," an ASCAP award-winning multimedia project. Baritone Chris Turner studied music at Mississippi College in Clinton and at Louisiana State University. Turner is on the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University, where he teaches private voice, diction and vocal repertoire. Turner’s performance experience includes Mozart’s "Le Nozze di Figaro" and "Cosi Fan Tutte," and Leoncavello’s "Silvio in I Pagliacci."

Part of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA), the Orchestra has a wide range of ages and experience levels and welcomes new string, woodwind, brass and percussion players. It will perform "Over & Under, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert.

The Orchestra will join the Chorale at its final performances of the STCPA’s 10th season, "Director’s Delights," Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15. The Chorale welcomes new singers ages 18 and older (for member registration information click on the "Join Us" link at www.stcpa.org).

If you have questions, email tickets@stcpa.org or call 480.297.7552


For immediate release – Oct. 8, 2015
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Tickets selling fast for an evening of pre-holidays merriment
STCPA to serve up a holiday fruitcake that’s pleasing to the senses

The first time Mesa resident Mark Rowden portrayed royalty in public he was on vacation in Ireland, dining at a castle and minding his own business when the hosts invited him to be king of the feast. Being a public speaker (Rowden is pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church) and younger brother to three sisters, he’s an extrovert who immediately agreed to preside over his fellow diners.

Now, as King Mark in San Tan Community Performing Arts’ (STCPA) upcoming “Holiday Madrigal Feaste,” Rowden not only will get to reign, but also sing and act, two pastimes he’s enjoyed for more than 50 years in various roles in college and church. The silver-haired tenor, who said his voice would “cut through fog,” is growing a beard for his STCPA performance and trying to get used to his regal costume.

“It has no pants,” said the dry-humored Rowden. “I’m wearing tights or something.”

Rowden and a cast of 15 other actors representing STCPA’s San Tan Players will join musicians from the San Tan Chorale and the San Tan Orchestra in two evening performances right before Thanksgiving at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert. “Holiday Madrigal Feaste” will offer old world merriment and charm beginning with a Crafters Faire and Ye Old Photo Boothe, followed by a sumptuous four-course meal, and choral and instrumental entertainment, and the drama, “A Holiday Fruitcake & Other Matters of Substance.”

Tickets, just $45 and at a discounted rate of $345 for a table of eight, are going fast for the shows, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Christ’s Greenfield, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert. Tickets and more information, including the menu, are available at stcpa.org.

Guests will experience non-stop regalement including tumblers, warblers, door prizes, crafts and music. The performances are sure to tickle the ribs of both children and adults and usher in the holiday season with a shout of “Huzzah!”, said Matthew Frable, STCPA’s founder and artistic director whose juggling skills, of the performers’ many schedules and skills, are as adept as a court entertainer with many balls in the air.

“Our combined forces of singers singing ‘fa-la-las,’ string, brass and woodwind instrumentalists playing period music and actors portraying characters in a royal court will transport you back in time,” said Frable in promising feastes of music, merriment, food and fun. “All of the performers are preparing their individual parts so that when all the pieces come together, a very enjoyable experience will be had by all as we kick off the holiday season.”

Betty Frable, madrigal coordinator and Queen of Greenfield Abbey in the play, encouraged patrons not to delay in reserving their dinner seating and purchasing their tickets because the performances already are more than half full.

Before each performance, the East Valley-based STCPA will host a craft fair in the church’s courtyard with a variety of local crafters that will enable patrons to get a jump on their holiday shopping. Additionally, madrigal hats for men and women will be available for just $10 each, as will savory or sweetened cones of nuts for $5. At the Ye Olde Photo Boothe, patrons will be able to live, at least in their photo memories, as a Knight or King and Queen of the Realm or, if they will so choose, as a ne’er do well in the stockade for just $5.

Craft vendor applications are still being taken and table fees are only $10 each.

If you have questions, email tickets@stcpa.org or call 480.297.7552

 


For immediate release – July 23, 2015
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A decade of wonderful music, camaraderie, community support
San Tan Chorale opens its 10th season with ‘Holiday Madrigal Feaste’

Calling all musicians and dramatic artists: The San Tan Chorale’s 2015-16 season is sure to be a 10, as the East Valley-based community choir celebrates a decade of performances that have brought joy to music aficionados and novices alike, with everything from Western songs and classical compositions to pop arrangements and show tunes.

On the heels of performing its 50th seasonal concert in May and joining a mass choir in Salzburg, Austria, in June to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The Sound of Music,” the Chorale will launch its 10th season with old world merriment and charm at  two November dinner theatre/concerts.

The Chorale will be joined by the San Tan Orchestra and the San Tan Players, all part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, in a “Holiday Madrigal Feaste.” Performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert. A four-course meal, choral, instrumental and dramatic entertainment and a craft fair are on the menu.

“It has been an exciting 10 years of STCPA filled with wonderful music and friendships,” Frable said. “Many lives have been touched through our concerts – both those of the performers and the audience. I look forward to the future and the possibilities that will arise for our organization.  The Madrigal Feaste will be a great kick-off to our 10th year as we combine all of our branches and many volunteers for this festive holiday celebration.”

Singers and instrumentalists ages 18 and older are invited and encouraged to join rehearsals for the Madrigal Feaste beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25, for the Chorale, and Thursday, Oct. 8, for the Orchestra, at Christ’s Greenfield. Auditions for roles in the Players,’ “A Holiday Fruitcake & Other Matters of Substance,” are scheduled for 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, in the Journey Center at Christ’s Greenfield. Auditions are open to all ages 10 and older; bring along a 1-2 minute monologue of your choice.

All other interested performers may register now at the “Join Us” link at www.stcpa.org, where information about rehearsals, events and tickets also may be found.

Just days after the conclusion of the Madrigal Feaste, the Chorale and Orchestra will begin work on “Schubert’s Mass in E-flat Major,” scheduled to be performed Feb. 20-21 at First United Methodist Church in downtown mesa. The concerts will feature the majesty and mastery of Franz Schubert’s final mass, composed in 1828. Chorale rehearsals start Dec. 1, while the Orchestra will begin on Jan. 7.

STCPA also has planned two different spring concerts:

·         “Over & Under,” a variety of magnificent orchestral overtures and underscores, will be presented by the Orchestra Saturday, April 16, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran in Gilbert.

·         “Director’s Delights,” a compilation of Frable’s favorites from the Chorale’s first decade of song will be performed Saturday and Sunday, May 14 and 15, at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Mesa and at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Chandler, respectively.

With the exception of the Madrigal Feaste, tickets for all concerts are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students. Madrigal Feaste tickets are $45. Tickets are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.


For immediate release – April 26, 2015
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Limited touring slots still available

Golden anniversary celebration of ‘The Sound of Music’ in Austria to include local community choirs; pre-tour concert planned in June in Fountain Hills

The hills of Salzburg, Austria, will be alive this summer with some of the most treasured American melodies as the 50th Anniversary Festival of the award-winning film, "The Sound of Music," is celebrated. And members of two East Valley-based choirs will be there to raise their voices.

The East Valley-based Fountain Hills Community Chorus and San Tan Chorale, under the artistic direction of Matthew Frable, will join a 200-voice concert choir June 22-28 to commemorate the movie’s release in 1965. Limited spots for singers ages 15 and older on the tour are still available (contact tour coordinator Betty Frable at fhcctour@hotmail.com for details).

About 55 members of the Chorus and Chorale, part of the nonprofit organization, San Tan Community Performing Arts, will begin rehearsals Monday, May 11. Of those, 30 will make the trip to Austria. At 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, they will present a free community concert featuring a full repertoire of musical classics by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, who wrote the music and lyrics for "The Sound of Music." The pre-tour performance will be held at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd.

"Choir members are extremely excited to be part of this very unique celebration in honor of ‘The Sound of Music’ and the 50th anniversary of the movie premiere," said Betty Frable. "This is the group’s first tour to Europe and marks the chorus and chorale’s fourth tour together."

The multiple Tony Award-winning musical, set in Salzburg and based on the memoir of Maria von Trapp, was written in 1959 by Rodgers and Hammerstein. It opened on Broadway with songs that have become beloved by generations, among them, "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Do-Re-Mi" and, of course the title song, "The Sound of Music." It was the final musical written by Rodgers and Hammerstein — Oscar died of cancer nine months after the Broadway premiere.

The touring singers are in for a treat in visiting Salzburg, the birthplace of 18th-century composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. They will join a major choral festival in celebration of "The Sound of Music" on June 26 at the Mozarteum concert hall and will tour and perform a cappella at several of the film’s locations, among them: the famed Mirabell Gardens ("Do-Re-Mi"), the Hellbrunn Gazebo ("Sixteen Going on Seventeen"), St. Michael’s Cathedral in Mondsee ("Maria" and "The Sound of Music"), Felssenreitschule ("Edelweiss), and on Untersberg Mountain ("The Hills Are Alive" and "Climb Ev’ry Mountain").

Following their own star-studded concert under the direction of Judith Clurman, Emmy-nominated and Grammy-nominated conductor, the tour participants will stay another day for sightseeing and attend a choral performance of Mozart’s "Coronation Mass" at the Salzburger Dom.

Previous tours with both choirs under Frable’s direction have been to Honolulu in 2009 to celebrate Hawaii’s 50th year of statehood, a 2011 Memorial Day performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the 150th commemorative tour in 2013 to Gettysburg, Pa. All tours have been arranged under the auspices of Festivals created by Tempe-based tour company Music Celebrations International.

For many STCPA members, the touring experience will launch in 2015-16 the 25th anniversary of the Fountain Hills Community Chorus and San Tan Chorale’s 10th season.


For immediate release – April 27, 2015
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Special $5 discount tickets available to faculty, teachers, staff

San Tan Chorale to present tribute to great literature

Music that embodies some of the best written works from around the globe, including a Native American blessing and Japanese poetry, classics by Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost, beloved writings of William Shakespeare and JRR Tolkien and a comforting passage in the Bible, will be performed in May by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale.

"Literarily Lyrical: A wealth of world literature set to song" is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Dr. in Mesa.

Tickets for the general public are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students. A special ticket price of $5 also is available to university, college and school faculty, teachers, instructors and staff, in appreciation of their dedication to education. Tickets are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.

Conducted by Matthew Frable, artistic director and co-founder of San Tan Community Performing Arts, the Chorale will perform 17 selections taken from famous literature, including "Don’t Forget Me" (based on "To My Rose" by Henrik Ibsen), "Jabberwocky" (Lewis Carroll), "O Music" (Kahlil Gibran) and "Rest Not! (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow).

"If you love literature, this concert is an opportunity for you to hear some familiar words in a different and musical context," Frable said. "Whether or not you are an avid reader, there are words and melodies that will speak to all who are present. Join us as we share with you words by famous authors in a musical fashion."

The concerts will wrap up the Chorale’s 2014-15 season, which will be capped by a joint weeklong tour in June to Salzburg, Austria, with performers in Frable’s Fountain Hills Community Chorus. The singers will join a mass choir for the 50th Anniversary Festival of the movie premiere of "The Sound of Music." Limited spots are still available on the tour, scheduled for June 22-28. Rehearsals begin May 11, and registration information is available by emailing tour coordinator Betty Frable at fhcctour@hotmail.com.

As a special treat for the community, a free concert of "The Sound of Music" tour selections will be performed by the two choruses at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at Fountain Hills Presbyterian Church, 13001 N. Fountain Hills Blvd.

The Chorale, part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, welcomes new singers ages 18 and older (for member registration information click on the "Join Us" link at www.stcpa.org).


For immediate release – March 30, 2015
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San Tan Orchestra to present classical pieces spanning three centuries

Music that will showcase the considerable talents of the San Tan Orchestra on flute, strings and horn will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St. in Mesa.

The East Valley-based orchestra’s third concert of the season, “Friends, Compatriots & other Composers,” will feature pieces by German composers Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn and Swiss composer Arthur Honegger. Tickets, $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students, are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.

The performance will highlight music from three centuries: “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” written by Mozart in 1787, “Sinfonie No. 8 in D Major,” written by Mendelssohn in 1822, and “Concerto da Camera poûr Flute, Cor Anglais et Orchestre à Cordes,” composed by Honegger in 1949.

The concert will be conducted by Katherine Shields, an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University and a member of the Arizona Opera Orchestra.

“Eine Kleine Nachtmusik,” translated to “a little serenade,” is “Mozart at his iconic best — spritely and playful,” Shields said. She described Honegger’s work as having “the French nuances of color. Though it was written in 1948, it’s a work in the traditional vein with sing-able melodies and virtuosic runs.” Orchestra soloists for the piece are Rae Wodarcyk on flute and Suzanne Johnsen on English horn.

Shields said Mendelssohn’s composition is a version for full orchestra of the last of the String Sinfonias, seven of which he wrote at age 12. A traditional four-movement work, it has elements of Mozart-inspired classicism paired with lush melodies and rich harmonies, she noted, pointing it towards the romantic era.

The San Tan Orchestra debuted as part of the San Tan Community Performing Arts in February 2007, joining the San Tan Chorale in performing Rutter’s “Requiem.” Both musical branches were founded by Matthew and Betty Frable of Mesa. The orchestra comprises gifted instrumentalists who have performed classical works by Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Beach and more. It welcomes musicians ages 15 and older. 

In October 2010, the orchestra performed its first stand-alone concert under the direction of Brian Viliunas followed by a concert in spring 2011 featuring the music of Strauss, Bizet and Mozart. Shields assumed the conductor’s baton for “Mozart and More” in fall 2011 and showcased an orchestral tribute to Arizona composers as part of the state’s centennial concerts in 2012. This concert completes STO’s fifth stand-alone season, and we are excited about several combined and solo activities planned for STCPA’s upcoming 10th season in 2015-16.


For immediate release – Feb. 16, 2015

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Spring theme is literature set to music
Vocalists invited to join non-audition San Tan Chorale

If merely reciting Shakespeare, quoting from “The Prophet” or reading aloud an Emily Dickinson poem doesn’t put a song in your heart, perhaps singing some of these famous works will do the trick.

You can find out by joining the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale, which on Tuesday, Feb. 24, will begin rehearsing for its spring concerts, “Literarily Lyrical: A Wealth of World Literature Set to Song.” The non-audition community choir, which welcomes vocalists of all ages, will hold rehearsal at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church in Gilbert, in preparation for its May 16-17 performances.

Part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, the Chorale is directed by Matthew Frable, who chose the music for “Literarily Lyrical” with vocalists and audiences in mind. There will be something for everyone, from “The Lord is My Shepherd” (Psalm 23) and “O Music” (Kahlil Gibran) to “If” (Rudyard Kipling) and “Fame is a Fickle Food” (Emily Dickinson), and from “If Music be the Food of Love” (William Shakespeare) and “Homeland” (Sir Cecil Spring-Rice) to “Rest Not!” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow) and “The Road not Taken (Robert Frost).

Christ’s Greenfield, the rehearsal site, is at 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert. For more information about the Chorale and STCPA, visit stcpa.org or call 480-525-7293.

Frable brings high energy and fun to his music, rehearsals and performances, and his music pedigree is impressive. He has degrees in music therapy, music education and sacred music, and possesses 30 years of choral directing experience in schools, community choirs and church congregations, including choral festivals and workshops. Frable will direct a touring choir this June to Salzburg, Austria, whose members will join in a festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the movie version of "The Sound of Music."

 Frable is chairman of the Fine Arts Department at Seton Catholic High in Chandler, where he teaches music and drama, and has led several outstanding dramatic productions and coordinated many choral festivals and performances for the school.

Additionally, he is artistic director of the Fountain Hills Community Choir and director of music ministry at Christ’s Greenfield, and is a gifted organist and pianist.


For immediate release – Jan. 25, 2015

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18th century mass for troubled times

San Tan Chorale and Orchestra to perform Haydn classic

A mass with a unique historical perspective and considered by many to be Austrian composer Josef Haydn’s greatest work will be performed by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra in February.

Under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Matthew Frable, the Chorale and Orchestra will present Haydn’s "Lord Nelson Mass in Dm" at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15. The performances will be held at First United Methodist Church of Mesa, 15 E. 1st Ave. "This mass, known more formally as "Missa in Angustiis," or "Mass for Troubled Times," will be a wonderful experience for all in attendance – audience as well as performers," Frable said. "Beginning with the energetic and assertive ‘Kyrie,’ progressing to the praise-filled ‘Gloria,’ and concluding with the comforting ‘Dona Nobis Pacem,’ the mass is filled with glorious and moving music."

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students, and are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.

Haydn’s reputation was at its peak in the late 1700s, but the world was in turmoil. Napoleon Bonaparte had won four major battles with Austria, crossing the Alps and threatening Vienna, which was terrifying to its people. Haydn response was to create a mass, writing the opening movement in D minor, a key that he had loved since hearing it used to evoke doom in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "Don Giovanni."

Unbeknownst to Haydn, Napoleon had been delivered a blow by the British, for which Horatio Nelson, a vice admiral in the Royal Navy, primarily was credited. It is believed that the welcome news reached the composer on the day of mass’s first performance, in September 1798. The piece gradually was renamed for Nelson.

The text of the mass, one of 14 by Haydn, was taken from the Latin mass of the Catholic Church, and it will be sung in Latin by the Chorale. The performance will be anchored by four soloists: soprano Kira Zeeman Rugen, founder of Solis Camerata, a professional vocal ensemble in Phoenix and a member of the Phoenix Chorale, for which she soloed on its Grammy-winning album, "A Spotless Rose"; alto Ashley Bradford, a former president of the Arizona Music Teachers Association who has performed around the world and leads a piano program for adults at Master’s Music Academy; tenor Thomas W. Strawser, who has sung with a number of choirs, including the Phoenix Chorale, and is an actor with credits in Childsplay, Arizona Theatre and others; and bass David Topping, who has soloed with the

Phoenix Symphony and the Phoenix Chorale, among others, and has recorded Grammy-nominated albums with the Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale.

Pianist Kathy Renfro is the Chorale’s accompanist, and Katherine Shields was the Orchestra’s rehearsal director.

Part of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA), the Orchestra has a wide range of ages and experience levels and welcomes new string, woodwind, brass and percussion players. It will perform "Friends, Compatriots, & other Composers" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 17, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mesa. The concert will feature English horn and flute and works by Johannes Brahms, Arthur Honegger, Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann. Tickets are available at the door or at stcpa.org.

The Chorale, also part of STCPA, welcomes new singers ages 18 and older (for member registration information click on the "Join Us" link at www.stcpa.org). Its final program of the season, "Literarily Lyrical," will feature a wealth of world literature set to song. The concerts are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, in Gilbert and Mesa. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 24.


For immediate release – Nov. 9, 2014
For more information, contact Betty Frable – STCPA Director of Operations, operations@stcpa.org or 480.297.7552

San Tan Orchestra launches fifth season with Latin music

Exuberant music that reflects a mixture of classical and flamenco traditions will be performed by the East Valley-based San Tan Orchestra on Friday, Nov. 21, at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, 2156 E. Liberty Lane in Phoenix.

The orchestra’s first concert of the 2014-15 season, "Latin Flair," is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m., and will feature flamenco guitar, marimba and dance, with works by Georges Bizet, Henry Flurry and Chris Jácome. Tickets, $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students, are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.

The concert will be conducted by Katherine Shields, an adjunct faculty member at Grand Canyon University and a member of the Arizona Opera Orchestra.

The orchestra will mark the opening of its fifth season with the premiere performance of "Impulso: Concerto for Marimba, Flamenco Guitar and Dancer," composed by Flurry and Jácome. The audience also will be treated to the pulsing rhythms of Bizet’s "Concerto in C."

The concept for the Flurry and Jácome composition, in four movements, is rooted in marimbist Maria Vomlehn Flurry’s interest in commissioning works that meld classical and world music. Choreographed by Lena Jácome, the piece uses the dancer as an integral musical soloist, while historically the role of the flamenco musician is to follow the dancer.

Henry Flurry is a Prescott-based composer, pianist, and music educator, and Maria Flurry, on marimba, is principal percussionist in the Flagstaff Symphony. Chris Jácome is one of the premiere flamenco guitarists currently residing in the United States, and Lena Jácome tours nationally as a flamenco dancer with Jácome Flamenco & Calo Flamenco. The Jácomes have been named "Best in Phoenix – Flamenco Duet" by Phoenix Magazine.

The San Tan Orchestra debuted as part of the San Tan Community Performing Arts in February 2007, joining the San Tan Chorale in performing Rutter’s "Requiem." Both musical branches were founded by Matthew and Betty Frable of Mesa. The orchestra comprises gifted

instrumentalists who have performed classical works by Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Beach and more. It welcomes musicians ages 15 and older.

In October 2010, the orchestra performed its first stand-alone concert under the direction of Brian Viliunas followed by a concert in spring 2011 featuring the music of Strauss, Bizet and Mozart. Shields assumed the conductor’s baton for "Mozart and More" in fall 2011 and showcased an orchestral tribute to Arizona composers as part of the state’s centennial concerts in 2012.

The orchestra and chorale will unite in February for two performances featuring Franz Joseph Haydn’s "Lord Nelson Mass in Dm." Concerts are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 15, at First Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., in downtown Mesa.


For immediate release – Oct. 23, 2014
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Just in time for its 50th concert

San Tan Chorale to perform music of the ages

Kicking off its 9th season and commemorating its 50th concert, the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale will perform a mélange of music that is both timeless and well-timed on Nov. 1 and 2.

Under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Matthew Frable, the Chorale will present "Timely Tunes," a medley accentuating the concept of time, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 880 W. Ray Road in Chandler. "Hours, minutes, days, yesterday, tomorrow... it’s all a matter of time," Frable said. "Celebrate with us as we sing songs about time ranging from contemplative reminiscences of the past to uplifting glances toward the future. Our singers and instrumentalists will offer you several melodies that may roll around in your mind for days to come."

The pieces represent a melodious march through the decades, from the swingy "It’s a Grand Night for Singing" (1945) to the inspiring "The Song Arising" (2014). In between, the Chorale will sing the emotionally soaring strains of "One Day More" from "Les Misérables," a traditional spiritual, "Great Day!" and the delightful "One Minute Madrigal," which is, start to finish, exactly 60 seconds long. And no concert with time as its primary theme would be complete without Jim Croce’s famous "Time in a Bottle," "Unchained Melody" by The Righteous Brothers and The Carpenters’ "Yesterday Once More" with its familiar refrain, "shoobie do lang lang."

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students, and are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.

Part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, the Chorale will take just one week off before beginning rehearsals for its winter concerts with its sister organization, the San Tan Orchestra. "Lord Nelson Mass in Dm," by Franz Joseph Haydn, will be performed on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Mesa. Chorale rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Christ’s Greenfield.

The Chorale welcomes new singers ages 18 and older (for member registration information click on the "Join Us" link at www.stcpa.org).

The Chorale’s final program of the season, "Literarily Lyrical," will feature a wealth of world literature set to song. The concerts are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 2015, in Gilbert and Mesa. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015.


For immediate release – July 21, 2014
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San Tan Chorale to perform 50th concert during 2014-15 season

The East Valley-based San Tan Chorale will kick off its 9th season, featuring the non-audition community choir’s 50th concert, with performances this fall in Gilbert and Chandler.

Under the direction of artistic director and co-founder Matthew Frable, the Chorale will present "Timely Tunes," a felicitous medley accentuating the concept of time in celebration of the 50th performance. The concerts will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 880 W. Ray Road in Chandler. "We have a great year planned as we start a new season," Frable said. "Performances will include a variety of exciting and inspiring music from Haydn to Rodgers, Japan to England, Native American to Tolkien, and meditative through celebratory. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. We encourage folks to make plans now to either sing with us or attend our concerts."

The Chorale welcomes new singers ages 18 and older (for member registration information click on the "Join Us" link at www.stcpa.org. Rehearsals will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Christ’s Greenfield, and be held each Tuesday evening thereafter.

Part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, the Chorale also has scheduled winter concerts with its sister organization, the San Tan Orchestra. "Lord Nelson Mass in Dm," by Franz Joseph Haydn, will be performed on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14 and 15, 2015, at First United Methodist Church in downtown Mesa. Chorale rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Christ’s Greenfield, with orchestra rehearsals set to start on Jan. 5, 2015, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mesa.

The Chorale’s third and final program of the season is titled "Literarily Lyrical," featuring a wealth of world literature set to song. The concerts are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, 2015, in Gilbert and Mesa. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015. Celebrating its 5th year, the orchestra is open to new members ages 15 and older. Membership and other information about the orchestra is available at www.stcpa.org. On Friday, Nov. 21, it will perform, "Latin Flair," featuring flamenco guitar, dancer and marimba with works by Georges Bizet, Chris Burton Jácome and Henry Flurry, at Desert Foothills United Methodist Church in Phoenix. Tickets for all concerts are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students, and are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.


For immediate release – April 27, 2014
For more information, contact
Betty Frable – STCPA Director of Operations, operations@stcpa.org or (480) 297-7552

Now that’s entertainment
San Tan Chorale to perform beloved tunes from musicals, movies and television

Music that evokes a sense of nostalgia, from Johnny Mercer’s 1937 hit, “Hooray for Hollywood,” to “Into The West,” performed by Annie Lennox in the 2003 film, “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King,” will be performed this weekend by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale.

Under the direction of Matthew Frable, artistic director and co-founder of San Tan Community Performing Arts, “Versatility: Selected Songs from Stage, Silver Screen & TV,” will be presented at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road in Gilbert, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 4, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive in Mesa. Tickets, $15 for adults and $5 for youth/students, are available at www.stcpa.org/tickets.htm or at the door.

“Some of our songs will be sure to spark memories long-forgotten, and many of our songs will have you humming along,” Frable said.

For example, the song that most every teenaged chorus member has performed in a high-school musical “Oklahoma!” by Rodgers and Hammerstein  is on the program, as is the more modern, “Let the River Run,” composed and performed by Carly Simon for the movie, “Working Girl.” The swingy “Steam Heat (1952) will be warbled, the ultra-cool “James Bond Theme” (1962) will be crooned, and the march-like “Do you Hear the People Sing?” from “Les Misérables” (1980) is sure to resound.

A medley of classic television theme songs, from “Three’s Company” and “The Addams Family” to “Ballad of Jed Clampett” and “I Love Lucy,” will be familiar to all, Frable said.

“We challenge you to ‘Try to Remember’ and recognize all of the television theme songs in our medley,” he said. “It will be a fun time for all filled with enjoyable music.”

For more information about the concerts or STCPA, call (480) 297-7552.

Additionally, the STCPA has announced that registration is open for its free choral camp, which is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, June 7.

Participants can learn fundamental instruction on choral music notation, dynamics and terminology. The camp is open to adults interested in improving their ability to comprehend all those symbols and squiggles on their musical score (also known as an octavo). You might just walk away with a smile, a song or two on your lips, and the confidence to say “I can read music!”

Registration closes on Monday, May 26, so don’t delay. You can register by checking Choral Camp on the ticket insert in this weekend’s program, completing the Join Us form at www.stcpa.org  or calling (480) 297-7552.


For immediate release – Feb. 3, 2014
For more information, contact
Betty Frable – STCPA Director of Operations, operations@stcpa.org or 480.297.7552

San Tan Chorale to perform emotional Beethoven masterpiece

A masterpiece by German composer Ludwig van Beethoven, “Mass in C Major,” will be performed by the East Valley-based San Tan Chorale during two concerts in downtown Mesa on Feb. 15-16. Under the direction of Matthew Frable, artistic director and co-founder of San Tan Community Performing Arts, the chorale’s performances will be anchored by four talented soloists and more than 26 instrumentalists in the San Tan Orchestra.

“This masterwork was composed in 1807 for Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy II of the Austrian/Hungarian court,” Frable explained. “Although it was not appreciated by the prince at its premiere, the work received a much more positive response upon broader public exposure. It blends classical with romantic elements crafting orchestral harmonies and lyrical rhythms into a rich tonal portrait.”

The concerts are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at First Methodist Church, 15 E. 1st Ave., in Mesa. Tickets, $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students, are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door.

“Mass in C Major” was written later in Beethoven’s career when his deafness was seriously problematic, both in composing and conducting, Frable said. Critics have praised the directness and emotional appeal of its five movements, and it is considered a long-underrated masterpiece.

Soloists are soprano Laura Eisenhart, alto Rena Brown, tenor Alonzo Jordan and bass Mark Schwartz. San Tan Orchestra’s own Katherine Shields will serve as concert mistress, with Andrew O’Brien on organ, and Kathy Renfro on piano.

The non-audition chorale welcomes new singers ages 18 and older. Its first rehearsal for the spring session will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road, in Gilbert. The Chorale will begin work on “Versatility: Songs from stage, screen, and TV,” to be performed on May 3-4.

For more information about the concerts or STCPA, call (480) 297-7552.


For immediate release – Nov. 17, 2013
For more information, contact
Betty Frable – STCPA Director of Operations, operations@stcpa.org or 480.297.7552

San Tan Orchestra to let its -- and your -- hair down at Nov.22 concert

The East Valley-based San Tan Orchestra invites music lovers to let their hair down during an upcoming concert, “Mozart & More 2013.”

Conducted by Katherine Shields, the orchestra will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds in E-Flat Major” and selections from Italian composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater,” on Friday, Nov. 22. The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St. in Mesa.

“The Mozart “Sinfonia Concertante for Winds” showcases the oboe, clarinet, bassoon and french horn soloists in this energetic and lyrical work,” Shields said. “Pergolesi’s “Stabat Mater”is 12 sections of diverse character with beautiful vocal solos, sung by soprano Laura Eisenhart and alto Caroline Markham, in each movement. There are solo arias for the soprano and alto, and duets which weave the vocal parts together with Pergolesi’s sublimely beautiful music.”

Tickets, $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for children and students, are available at www.stcpa.org or at the door. For more information call (480) 297-7552.

The San Tan Orchestra debuted as part of the San Tan Community Performing Arts in February 2007, joining the San Tan Chorale in performing Rutter’s “Requiem.” Both musical branches were founded by Matthew and Betty Frable of Mesa. The orchestra comprises gifted instrumentalists who have performed classical works by Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Beach and much more. It welcomes musicians ages 15 and older. 

In October 2010, the orchestra performed its first stand-alone concert under the direction of Brian Viliunas followed by a concert in spring 2011 featuring the music of Strauss, Bizet and Mozart. Shields assumed the conductor’s baton for “Mozart and More” in fall 2011 and showcased an orchestral tribute to Arizona composers as part of the state’s centennial concerts in 2012.

The orchestra’s second concert of the 2013-14 season, “Rulers of their Realm: The Majesty of Beethoven and von Weber,” is slated for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St. in Mesa. German composer Carl Maria von Weber’s “Concerto No. 1” will be featured.

The orchestra and chorale will unite in February for two performances featuring Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Mass in C Major.” Concerts are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, at First Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave. in downtown Mesa. 

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For immediate release – Aug. 1, 2013
For more information, contact
Betty Frable – STCPA Director of Operations, operations@stcpa.org or 480.297.7552


Now enrolling new musicians
San Tan Community Performing Arts announces 8th season
with a high-energy schedule of classical and modern music concerts

The 2013-14 season of the San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA) begins with a bang – a concert entitled, “Resounding Rhythms, Exhilarating Expressions of Song and Dance,” performed by its San Tan Chorale on Nov. 2-3 at two venues in the East Valley. Later that month, on Nov. 22, the San Tan Orchestra will present its first performance of the season, “Mozart and More 2013 – Let your Hair Down!”

Matthew Frable, STCPA’s artistic director, invites vocalists (ages 18 and older) and instrumentalists (ages 15 and older) to join the chorale and orchestra, respectively, with rehearsals beginning in August. More information about membership is available at www.stcpa.org or by calling 480-525-7293.

The San Tan Chorale, a non-audition community choir of 70 individuals from all walks of life, will rehearse from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 20, at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road, in Gilbert. Its fall concerts will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Christ’s Greenfield in Gilbert, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 880 W. Ray Road, in Chandler.

“San Tan Chorale’s fall session will consist of an exciting collection of songs about music, singing and dancing,” Frable said. “Selections will include choral fanfares, a Shakespeare text, a medley of familiar folk songs and a historical look at western music. Everyone will find a favorite among the songs to be sung. All voice parts are welcomed – come sing with us!”

Conducted by Katherine Shields, the San Tan Orchestra has been enhanced by gifted instrumentalists in concerts that have included works by Haydn, Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, Beach and Rutter. The orchestra’s rehearsals for the fall concert (to be held at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at First Evangelical Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa) are scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Nov. 4, 7, 14 and 21 at the church.

Other STCPA chorale and orchestra performances scheduled this season:

Chorale and Orchestra –

“Ludwig van Beethoven – Mass in C Major,”  7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, First Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., in Mesa

Chorale –

“Versatility – Select Songs from Stage, Silver Screen, and TV,” 7 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Road, in Gilbert, and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, in Mesa

Orchestra –

“Rulers of their Realm – The Majesty of Beethoven and von Weber,” 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa

Tickets for all concerts are available from members, at www.stcpa.org/tickets.htm  or at the door before each performance.


March 15, 2013
For immediate release
For more information, email operations@stcpa.org

Family and friends the focus of spring concerts by
the San Tan Orchestra and San Tan Chorale


Beloved orchestral pieces and family-oriented music will headline three upcoming concerts by the East Valley-based San Tan Community Performing Arts, under the direction of Matthew Frable.

The San Tan Orchestra will present the “Bring a Friend Concert,” with works by Johann Sebastian Bach and Samuel Barber, on Friday, April 19. The 7:30 p.m. event will feature Cynthia Baker on violin and Suzanne Johnsen on oboe, along with soprano Cynthia Elek. It will be held at Victory Lutheran Church, 5946 E. University Dr. in Mesa.

Orchestra conductor Katherine Shields said the concert’s theme was inspired by a national movement annually in April called TAFTO -- “Take a Friend to the Orchestra.” The concert will open with a piece, entitled “exclamare vociferatiónis,” written especially for the San Tan Orchestra by Zachary Bramble, an ASU music school graduate.

The San Tan Chorale will present “Family Fare,” with selections of family-oriented songs to delight all ages, on Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19. The May 18 concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Dr. in Mesa, and the May 19 will be held at 3 p.m. at Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. King Ranch Rd. in Gold Canyon.

Tickets to each concert are $15 for adults, $12 for advance group sales (10 or more), and $5 for youths/students. They are available at the door or online at stcpa.org.

“The Chorale’s repertoire is full of favorites for the young at heart including many Disney and youthful movie songs,” Frable said. “Tickets to this concert would be a great gift for any mother or grandmother and their children or grandchildren. What a great opportunity to re-live favorite childhood memories and to make new memories through song.”

The chorale, a non-audition community choir, is accepting new members for its May concerts up through March 19. It rehearses from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Rd. in Gilbert.

For more information, email operations@stcpa.org or call (480) 297-7552.


For immediate release
March 5, 2013
For more information, email operations@stcpa.org

STCPA opens to singers and non-performers alike its summer tour to nation’s capital, Gettysburg

Two East Valley community choirs will join the 150th Commemoration of the American Civil War during a four-day trip in June to Washington, D.C., and the site of an important, dramatic Civil War battle.

The Fountain Hills Community Chorus (FHCC) and San Tan Chorale will be part of the National Festival of States in the nation’s capital on June 20-23. Members of the public, ages 16 and older, are invited to join the tour as performing or non-performing guests.

This spring, the FHCC, along with the Fountain Hills Community Band, will perform music and songs of the Civil War during two concerts, beginning at 4 p.m. on April 6 and 7. "Our Hearts Were Touched by Fire" will be presented at the Fountain Hills Community Center, 13001 N. La Montana, and tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for youth. Tickets are available from chorus members, at CardSmart in Fountain View Plaza, 12645 N. Saguaro Blvd., beginning March 20, and at the door.

The Washington, D.C., trip, planned by Music Celebrations International of Tempe, will be hosted by Matthew Frable, the Artistic Director of both choirs, and co-founder, with his wife Betty, of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA). As Director of Operations for STCPA, Betty Frable will also serve as coordinator for the summer tour.

"Music is a universal language and, sadly, war is a universal occurrence," she said. "One of the bloodiest conflicts in human history occurred on American soil, bringing battles to quiet orchards, corn fields and small rural towns. Men in grey and blue uniforms sacrificed their lives for their beliefs of home and country."

"Our performances, local and on tour, will reflect on what drives disunity, what can restore harmony, and how, through song, a nation may rally its courage and then grieve for its dead. Our program will commemorate the more than 600,000 men who lost their lives in the Civil War, more than 50,000 of them in the three-day Battle of Gettysburg."

Participants will take walking and motor tours around Washington, visiting its many impressive monuments and memorials, Ford’s Theater, where President Lincoln was shot, and the Peterson House, where he died, and the Smithsonian Institution museums. They will enjoy a concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and perform for American military veterans as part of the National Festival of the States and in Gettysburg.

For more information about the tour, visit stcpa.org/tours or email operations@stcpa.org

 

2012

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Nov. 26, 2012

For more information, contact
Betty Frable – STCPA Director of Operations, operations@stcpa.org or 480.297.7552
Calling all voices

San Tan Chorale seeks singers for upcoming holiday music and ‘glorious’ winter concerts

Classical through contemporary strains of choral “Glorias,” from Vivaldi’s familiar “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” and Handel’s stirring “Glory to God,” from the “The Messiah,” to triumphant pieces by 21st century composers, will be performed this winter by the San Tan Chorale, a non-audition choir serving the East Valley.  

“Glorious Music,”
featuring more than a dozen stunning selections spanning three centuries, is the centerpiece of the chorale’s seventh season, according to Matthew Frable, artistic director of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA). The concerts will be on Feb. 23-24, 2013, at venues in Mesa.

“The selections included in this concert offer us a glimpse of the great variety of settings of the word ‘Gloria’ – as diverse as the decades and countries in which the pieces were composed,” Frable said. “The chorale is still accepting new members for this session – come add your voice to the mix performing these wonderful Gloria’s.”

Additionally, “Mozart and More 2012,” featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christoph Willibald Gluck, will be performed by the San Tan Orchestra at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 30, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa. Conducted by Katherine Shields, the music is sure to entertain both classical aficionados and more voguish listeners. For information about tickets ($12 each in advance, $15 each at the door) or visit http://www.stcpa.org .

Both instrumentalists (ages 15 and older) and singers (ages 18 and older) are invited to join the STCPA, an East Valley-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the performance of varied music and theater for the benefit, education and enjoyment of its members and surrounding communities. Partially funded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, STCPA maintains a rehearsal atmosphere that is supportive to all levels of experience.

Chorale rehearsals are held from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesdays at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Rd., in Gilbert. The chorale’s winter concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, in Mesa, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., in Mesa.

In addition to the classical performances, the chorale will be singing during the upcoming holidays, with brief practices for each event following Tuesday’s regular rehearsals. Opportunities include singing carols, popular songs and medieval fare at the 12k’s of Christmas Run/Walk on the morning of Saturday, Dec. 15, in Gilbert and, that evening, singing Santa into San Tan Mountain Regional Park’s Wonderland, near Queen Creek.

“STCPA is an organization that is comprised of people who love to perform,” Frable said. “Our chorale and orchestra are both non-audition and are welcoming to others who share a love of performing varied music.

For more information about membership in either group, visit http://stcpa.org or email member@stcpa.org 

Other STCPA chorale and orchestra performances scheduled this season:

Chorale –

 “Family Fare” - Selections of family-oriented songs to delight all ages; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, in Mesa, and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013, Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., in Gold Canyon

Orchestra –

“Treasures for Small Orchestra” - Gems by Ottarino Resphigi, Darius Milhaud and John Adams; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa

“Bring a Friend Concert” - Friends take friends to concerts: orchestral favorites you’ll both love with works for Johann Sebastian Bach and Samuel Barber; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, Victory Lutheran Church , 5946 E. University Dr., in Mesa.

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Aug. 1, 2012
For more information, contact
Betty Frable – STCPA Director of Operations, operations@stcpa.org or 480.297.7552

Now enrolling new singers and musicians
STCPA launches its 2012-13 season with chorale and orchestral concerts highlighting human connections and Mozart

“Gender Games,” a musical medley exploring the many highs and lows, the ever-present twists and turns of interpersonal relationships, kicks off the seventh season of the San Tan Chorale, according to Matthew Frable, artistic director of San Tan Community Performing Arts (STCPA).

Additionally, Frable announced the third season of the San Tan Orchestra will commence with “Mozart and More 2012,” a performance that is sure to entertain both classical music aficionados and more voguish listeners.

Musicians (ages 15 and older) and singers (ages 18 and older) are invited to join the STCPA, an East Valley-based nonprofit organization that promotes education and culture through the practice and performance of music. It is partially funded by the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

“This year’s seventh season for the chorale and third for the orchestra will be an exciting one,” Frable said. “The choral repertoire will be diverse, ranging from catchy popular contemporary tunes to classical selections. We anticipate another dynamic year for the orchestra under the baton of Katherine Shields and hosting premium guest performers. Our non-audition organization is a friendly, fun group of people geared to the pleasures of musical performance.”

Chorale rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 28, from 7-9 p.m. at Christ’s Greenfield Lutheran Church, 425 N. Greenfield Rd., in Gilbert. The chorale’s “Gender Games” concerts will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, also at Christ’s Greenfield, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 880 E. Ray Rd., in Chandler. Orchestra rehearsals begin on Thursday, Nov. 1 from 7-9 p.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa. The “Mozart and More 2012” concert, featuring works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Christoph Willibald Gluck, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa.

“With our new rehearsal locations and performance venues across the East Valley, we will continue to strive to reach a broader audience and increased membership,” Frable said.

For more information about membership, visit http://stcpa.org or email member@stcpa.org.

Other STCPA chorale and orchestra performances scheduled this season:

Chorale –

“Glorious Music” - Classical through contemporary selections of choral “Glorias”; 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, in Mesa, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, First Methodist Church, 15 E. First Ave., in Mesa

“Family Fare” - Selections of family-oriented songs to delight all ages; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2013, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 807 N. Stapley Drive, in Mesa, and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 19, 2013, Gold Canyon United Methodist Church, 6640 S. Kings Ranch Rd., in Gold Canyon

Orchestra –

“Treasures for Small Orchestra” - Gems by Ottarino Resphigi, Darius Milhaud and John Adams; 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa

“Bring a Friend Concert” - Friends take friends to concerts: orchestral favorites you’ll both love with works for Johann Sebastian Bach and Samuel Barber; 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2013, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 142 N. Date St., in Mesa

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March, 2012 - Article in the San Tan Sun News: "Orchestra Recruits Closet Musicians" on pages 1 and 8.
Click here to read the article!
 

2011

STCPA will be providing entertainment and community support for the 12k's of Christmas event with two caroling choirs - San Tan Christmas Pops Choir - San Tan Madrigal Choristers and the San Tan Orchestra Cool Cats & Four Calling Birds. Come join the event as a runner, a pet adopter, investigate the many booths and vendors, or simply enjoy the fun and entertainment on the Reindeer Stage! Dec. 10 from 8 AM to 1 PM.

Dec. 7, 2011 - Aired Interview with Arizona AtoZ on Channel 3!



SE Valley Living News - Press Release for STO's Fall Concert (click for article)

Old World fashion, music, fun at Madrigal Feaste

San Tan Community Performing Arts

Madrigal Feaste

Posted: Monday, January 17, 2011 3:44 pm | Updated: 3:42 pm, Mon Jan 17, 2011.

By Mandy Zajac, Tribune | 0 comments

You’ll get a “Taste of Italy” and a taste of Old World fashion, music and fun at the Madrigal Feaste 2011, a second annual production by San Tan Community Performing Arts. Members of STCPA’s chorale, orchestral and theater troupes perform non-stop music, comedy and a play while costumed servers keep a six-course Italian meal coming throughout the three-hour show time.

The Madrigal Feaste takes place at 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Fiesta Fountains, 1316 S. Longmore St., Mesa. $50. Reservations, required by phone or Internet, are due Wednesday. (480) 297-7552 or www.stcpa.org.

 

2010

January 17, 2010 - Play, Banquet on Madrigal Feaste Menu

 

 

 


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