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For immediate release: April 11, 2019

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus POPS CONCERT

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus presents its annual POPS CONCERT on Saturday, May 4 at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium with performances at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. The concert will open with the lively “80 Years of Song” in celebration of the group’s historic 80th Anniversary. Current members represent a new generation of a Tucson tradition.

Under the direction of Dr. Julian Ackerley, the program will highlight all eight of the Boys Chorus groups performing an entertaining show of lighter music. Boys showcased are between the ages of 6 through 21 who are members of the Touring Chorus, TowneSingers, Training Chorus, Cadet Choir and the Young Men’s Ensemble.

Also appearing will be members of three Neighborhood Choirs from the Northwest, Vail and Sahuarita. Assistant Conductors, Peter Fischer, William Mattison and Sean Gale join Dr. Ackerley in leading the singers. There will also be an appearance by the Alumni Chorus comprised of former choristers from the past 80 years.

A segment of the program will have a magic premise and in a humorous salute of the date May the 4th (be with you) the Young Men’s Ensemble will present a medley of John Williams music with a Star Wars theme. In addition, the choristers will perform their signature western songs with fancy trick rodeo roping. The concert concludes with all the boys and alumni in a grand finale of Jay Taylor’s local anthem “Tucson – Arizona’s Favorite Child.”

Reserved seat tickets for the POPS CONCERT are $20.00 premium seating, $15.00 general and $8.00 for children under 12 and are available at the Boys Chorus office located at 5770 E. Pima Street, online at www.boyschorus.org or by calling (520) 296-6277.

Photo Opportunities
Fri May 3 Rehearsal 1pm to 4pm
Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium
Sat May 4 Pops Concerts – CFHS Auditorium
3:00pm and 7:30pm

If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the chorus office (520) 296-6277. Spring registration is now underway. For more information about the chorus visit boyschorus.org, the Boys Chorus office 5770 E. Pima Street, or by calling (520) 296-6277.

 

For immediate release March 25, 2019

TUCSON ARIZONA BOYS CHORUS FREE CONCERT

Join the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus for a FREE concert on Friday, April 5 at 7:00pm in the Barrier Chapel at Casas Church located at 10801 N. La Cholla Blvd.

The two Boys Chorus advanced groups of the Touring Chorus and Young Men’s Ensemble will be performing under the direction of Julian Ackerley.

The one-hour concert will include a wide variety of choral music from classical to contemporary.  Each group will perform separately and also together with the unchanged treble voices joined with the tenors and basses performing time-honored music. Included will be selections by Vivaldi, Bach and Debussy but also contemporary pieces as Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and two jazz standards Tuxedo Junction and Route 66.  Western songs of the American cowboy including a demonstration of fancy trick rodeo roping are also on the program.

Founded in 1939, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is celebrating its 80th Anniversary as a new generation of a Tucson tradition. This concert in the northwest will not only feature the renowned boy singers but also the expanded Young Men's Ensemble of high school and college age. Both groups will participate in the International Boys and Men’s Choral Festival this July followed by a tour to Hawaii.

For more details about the April 5th FREE concert at Casas Church, call the Chorus office at 296-6277. 

 

For immediate release: March 1, 2019

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus 80th Anniversary

Founded in 1939, The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus commences the celebration of its 80th Anniversary. A special announcement was presented today at the Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce State of The City Luncheon with Mayor Rothschild.

In 1939, little Jimmy Phersdorf became the first chorister of the Tucson Boys Chorus under the direction of Eduardo Caso, the founder and first director. Over the last eight decades, the Chorus has gained worldwide acclaim as one of the elite boy choirs on the planet. Thousands of boys have participated in the chorus and chances are most longtime residents know someone who sang (or sings) in the chorus.

 

Drs. Jane and Julian Ackerley present check to TABC Board Chair Renee Shane Boyd. Dr. Ed Ackerley makes announcement.

 

 

As part of the 80th Anniversary, the single largest monetary donation to the chorus in its history was announced. Dr. Jane Ackerley and current director Dr. Julian Ackerley, who celebrates his 40th anniversary as director this year, are making a one-time gift of $100,000. The challenge contribution is to triple it - to help secure the legacy of the chorus for 80 more years.

Of special note during this anniversary year will be commissioned works, one by a former chorister Anthony Constantino, the October Musicale Regale, an engagement at the Fox Theatre, a performance with the Tucson Symphony, and an upcoming 80th Anniversary commemorative book. A highlight will be an Alumni Reunion at Homecoming in November as guests of President Robbins and the University of Arizona - where the chorus and alumni will sing the National Anthem at the football game.

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Chorus has grown over 80 years. There are five central choral groups: Cadet Choir, Training Chorus, TowneSingers, Touring Chorus, and the Young Men’s Ensemble. Neighborhood choral groups include: Northwest Voices in Oro Valley, Vail Voices in Vail, and Sahuarita Singers in Sahuarita.

In 1939, Eduardo Caso, emigrated from England to the West to create a boys choir rooted in the European tradition but uniquely American in sound and repertoire. Under Caso’s direction the chorus performed national radio broadcasts, concert tours of Arizona and the Southwest, and early television appearances, toured to Europe, Australia, across the United States, and sang at the 1963 White House tree-lighting ceremony. After the Chicago World's Fair in 1950, a reporter hailed the boys as Tucson's "Ambassadors in Levis". In 1965, Jeff Haskell led the boys with a live appearance on NBC's Bell Telephone Hour and TABC flourished for 10 years under Haskell including moving into the building on Pima Street. Dr. John S. Davis, a former boy soprano under the tutelage of Caso, was director for five years. In 1980, Dr. Julian Ackerley was named Director, bringing to the organization extensive teaching experience at all levels, including three degrees in music with emphasis on music education, choral direction and voice performance. Under Dr. Ackerley's leadership, TABC experienced a boom in membership and activities. The Chorus has toured throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Western Europe, Eastern Europe and South Africa. Complementing the concert tours have been collaborations with national symphony orchestras, radio and television appearances, partnerships with diverse arts and cultural organizations, and numerous recordings. Further credits include performances at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and another appearance at the White House (this time with President George H.W. Bush) for the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree. Dr. Ackerley has taken Tucson’s Goodwill Ambassadors on performance tours spanning five continents and 25 countries. Last year the chorus travelled to Mexico and China.

If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the chorus office (520) 296-6277. Spring registration is now underway. For more information about the chorus visit boyschorus.org, the Boys Chorus office 5770 E. Pima Street, or by calling (520) 296-6277.

 

For immediate release: January 12, 2019

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Classic Concert

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present two performances of its annual CLASSIC CONCERT. Tucson’s eastside concert will be on Saturday, February 9, 7:30pm at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 1800 S. Kolb Road. The northwest side presentation is Sunday, February 10, 3:00pm at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 West Magee Road. Under the direction of Dr. Julian Ackerley, the chorus will perform time-honored music representing a wide range of repertoire. Included will be selections from Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic choral masters as well as modern works.

The boys’ pure treble voices will be joined with the tenors and basses of the Young Men’s Ensemble accompanied by strings. A featured section will be three movements of G. F. Handel’s Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened written for the Coronation of King George II in 1727.

All the members of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, including the younger TowneSingers, Training Chorus and Neighborhood Choirs from Oro Valley, Sahuarita and Vail will conclude the concert in a grand finale. Immediately following the concert all in attendance are invited to enjoy cake while meeting the boys and Conductor Ackerley in a pre-kickoff celebration of the group’s 80th Anniversary.

Tickets for the CLASSIC CONCERT are $15.00 in advance, $18.00 at the door, and $8.00 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available online at www.boyschorus.org, at the Boys Chorus office 5770 E. Pima Street, or by calling (520) 296-6277.

If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the chorus office (520) 296-6277. Spring registration is now underway.

 

For immediate release: October 3, 2018

TUCSON ARIZONA BOYS CHORUS “A Magical Musicale”

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus hosts “A Magical Musicale” on Saturday, November 3 for its annual fall fundraiser. This year’s Magical Musicale celebrates the chorus’ 79th anniversary season, and all funds raised at the event benefit the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus and its ongoing mission to provide quality music education, citizenship, and leadership skills to boys ages 6-18.

A Magical Musicale will take place at Tucson Country Club. The evening of magic includes specialty mixology potions, culinary delights, close-up magic, and a special opportunity to see illusionist Eric Giliam. Special mixology and magic will be presented from HighWire. 

Magician Eric Giliam was born and raised in Alaska where he first became fascinated with magic at age twelve when he saw David Copperfield perform in his hometown of Anchorage. Since then his rise as a stage magician includes performing over a thousand shows, making several TV appearances in Europe, and winning numerous national and international awards.

Tickets for the Masterpiece Musicale are $150 per person and may be purchased by calling (520) 296-6277. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is a New Generation of A Tucson Tradition! If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the chorus office (520) 296-6277. Founded in 1939, the Boys Chorus is in its 79th continuous year. Under the leadership of Dr. Julian Ackerley, the boys travel throughout United States and around the world and share the spirit and vitality of the American southwest through music and cultural exchanges. The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is dedicated to providing boys in the chorus an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music. The Chorus endeavors to impart musical, social and leadership skills that build self-esteem and have a sustaining impact on its members. Representing and serving the community as an artistic and cultural resource are fundamental to the Chorus mission. For more information on The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, visit http://www.boyschorus.org.

For More Information:
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (520) 296-6277
Ackerley Advertising (520) 546-9707

 

For immediate release: August 24, 2018

TUCSON ARIZONA BOYS CHORUS CELEBRATION DAY

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will hold its Celebration Day on Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 10am-12noon at the chorus hall, 5770 E Pima. The event celebrates of the power of music in the lives of young people. The public and interested families will have the opportunity to see the premier ensemble, The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Touring Chorus and learn more about the chorus, enjoy music, food, fun and more. For information, call the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (520) 296-6277. Detailed information www.boyschorus.org.

The mission of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is to provide boys in the community an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music; and to impart musical, social and leadership skills that build self-esteem and have a sustaining impact on its members. Since 1939, the chorus has trained hundreds of young men and has collaborated with and encourages musical education in schools, organizations and youth endeavors to build good citizens and promote leadership training of youth through the study of music.

For More Information:
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (520) 296-6277
Ackerley Advertising (520) 546-9707

 

For immediate release: April 1, 2018

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Cinco De Mayo POPS CONCERT

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus presents its annual POPS CONCERT on Saturday, May 5th at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium, 4300 E. Sunrise Drive, with performances at 3:00pm and 7:30pm. The POPS CONCERT will feature a Cinco De Mayo theme celebrating Mexican heritage and culture highlighting the boys’ recent tour to Mexico and as a prelude to an upcoming trip to China in early summer.

Under the direction of Dr. Julian Ackerley, assisted by Gavin Ely, the program will highlight all of the current Boys Chorus groups including the Touring Chorus, TowneSingers, Training Chorus and Cadet Choir performing an energetic and entertaining show of lighter music. There will also be
performances by the TABC neighborhood choirs including Northwest Voices, Sahuarita Singers and Vail Voices. Special guests are members of the Alumni Chorus comprised of former choristers from the past 78 years.

The concert will begin with the combined choirs performing Oye! an upbeat opener in Spanish and English. Other selections will be sung in Spanish by each choir in honor of Mexican traditions. Included will be Chiapanecas, Cielito Lindo and Se equivocó la Paloma as well as songs from the Pixar movie Coco as Un Poco Loco, Proud Corazon and the Academy Award winner for Best Original Song, Remember Me. The concert will also include the choir’s signature western songs with fancy trick rodeo roping and Chinese selections as an introduction to the approaching China tour.

Tickets for the Pops Concert are $20.00 premium seating, $15.00 general and $8.00 for children under 12 and are available at the Boys Chorus office located at 5770 E. Pima Street, online at www.boyschorus.org or by calling (520) 296-6277.

Photo Opportunities
Fri May 4 - Rehearsal 1pm to 4pm
Catalina Foothills High School

Sat May 5 - Pops Concerts – CFHS Auditorium
3:00pm and 7:30pm

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is a New Generation of A Tucson Tradition! If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the chorus office (520) 296-6277. Founded in 1939, the Boys Chorus is in its 78th continuous year. Under the leadership of longtime director Dr. Julian Ackerley, the boys travel throughout United States and around the world and share the spirit and vitality of the American southwest through music and cultural exchanges. The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is dedicated to providing boys in the chorus an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music. The Chorus endeavors to impart musical, social and leadership skills that build self-esteem and have a sustaining impact on its members. Representing and serving the community as an artistic and cultural resource are fundamental to the Chorus mission.

For More Information:
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (520) 296-6277
Ackerley Advertising (520) 546-9707

 

For immediate release: January 12, 2018

SOUTHERN ARIZONA CHILDREN’S CHORAL FESTIVAL

WHO: Southern Arizona Children’s Choral Festival Concert
WHAT: A concert culminating the festival
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2018 3:30pm-4:00pm
WHERE: The Gregory School 3231 N. Craycroft Road Tucson, AZ
COST: The event is free and open to the public

The Tucson Girls Chorus and the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present the first annual Southern
Arizona Children’s Choral Festival on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8:30-4:00pm at the Gregory
School. The event is designed to offer a fun day of singing, making new friends, and creating music
together. The day will culminate in a free concert at 3:30pm open to the public. Boys or girls
wishing to participate in the day-long festival can register by contacting the Tucson Girls Chorus
(520) 577-6064 or the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (520) 296-6277.

If you know of a girl who would like to join the Tucson Girls Chorus, contact the chorus office at
(520) 577-6064. The TGC will enroll new members for the for girls K-12th grade through January and February.
Interested parents and girls can attend the open house on Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 10-1130am at the
facility located at 4020 E River Road. Girls can audition and see what the TGC is all about, meet director
Dr. Marcela Molina and make a difference through music.

If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the
chorus office (520) 296-6277. Founded in 1939, the Boys Chorus is in its 78th continuous year. Under the
leadership of longtime director Dr. Julian Ackerley, the boys travel throughout United States and around the world and share the spirit and vitality of the American southwest through music and cultural exchanges. The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is dedicated to providing boys in the chorus an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music.

For More Information: Ackerley Advertising (520) 546-9707

 

For immediate release: March 6, 2017

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Expands to Northwest

Through a partnership with the Town of Oro Valley, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will be expanding its program this spring to the Marana/Oro Valley area. Under the leadership of Chorus Director Julian Ackerley, the additional Boys Chorus ensemble will be a new musical opportunity for boys in northwest Tucson. 

The group begins on Friday, March 24. Sessions will be held Fridays at the Oro Valley Town Hall Complex from 4:00pm-5:15pm for boys ages 6 to 12 years. There will be seven sessions from March 24 to May 5 where boys will learn music, make friends and be trained at fancy trick rodeo roping a unique feature of the Boys Chorus program. The nominal $75 fee includes seven music rehearsals, a rodeo rope and a free unlimited wristband to the Fun Day at Golf N’ Stuff.

To be known as the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Northwest Voices, the singers will have their debut performance at the POPS CONCERT on Saturday, May 6, 3:00pm and 7:30pm at Catalina Foothills High School Auditorium.

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is committed to strengthening the future one voice at a time through its mission of providing all boys in the community, regardless of need, an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music. The Chorus endeavors to impart musical, social, and leadership skills that build self-esteem and have a sustaining impact on its members. Many parents count the Boys Chorus as important to developing core values and providing direction for their sons.

Oro Valley has received national recognition for its support of the arts. Interim Oro Valley Town Manager Daniel G. Sharp commented, “We are all in on this project. It is a privilege to partner with such a prestigious group.” For information or to register for Northwest Voices; call 296-6277, email tabc@boyschorus.org or visit www.boyschorus.org

 

 

For immediate release: January 25, 2017

Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Classic Concert

The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present two performances of its annual CLASSIC CONCERT. Tucson’s eastside concert will be on Saturday, February 18, 7:30pm at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 1800 S. Kolb Road. The northwest side presentation is Sunday, February 19, 3:00pm at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 West Magee Road.

Under the direction of Dr. Julian Ackerley, the chorus will perform time-honored music representing a wide range of repertoire. Included will be selections by Mozart, Hadyn, and Bach. Vocal artistry comes to life in this acclaimed concert, featuring repertoire of Baroque, Classical and Romantic choral masters as well as twentieth century works. Indicative of the performance styles of the musical eras, the boys’ pure treble voices will be joined by the tenors and basses of the Young Men’s Ensemble accompanied by strings.

The combined voices will perform Missa Brevis in F by Franz Joseph Haydn and two motets by Anton Bruckner Christus factus est and Locus iste among other selections. All the members of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, including the younger Training Chorus and TowneSingers, conclude the concert with a grand finale.

Tickets for the CLASSIC CONCERT are $15.00 in advance, $18.00 at the door, and $8.00 for children under 12. Advance tickets are available online at www.boyschorus.org, at the Boys Chorus office 5770 E. Pima Street, or by calling 296-6277.

If you know of a boy age 6-12 who would like to join of the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, contact the chorus office (520) 296-6277. Founded in 1939, the Boys Chorus is in its 77th continuous year. Under the leadership of longtime director Dr. Julian Ackerley, the boys travel throughout United States and around the world and share the spirit and vitality of the American southwest through music and cultural exchanges. The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus is dedicated to providing boys in the chorus an enriched educational experience through the study and performance of choral music. The Chorus endeavors to impart musical, social and leadership skills that build self-esteem and have a sustaining impact on its members. Representing and serving the community as an artistic and cultural resource are fundamental to the Chorus mission.

For More Information: Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (520) 296-6277

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 1, 2016

TUCSON ARIZONA BOYS CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT

     The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus will present its annual Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00pm and 7:30pm at the UA School of Music Crowder Hall.  Under the direction of Julian Ackerley and accompanied by a small orchestral ensemble, the choristers will perform music of the season including Christmas carols, sacred songs and Hanukkah selections. 

     A distinctive feature will be the joining of the Touring Chorus with the Young Men’s Ensemble performing movements from Magnificat in D by Johann Sebastian Bach. Other selections on the concert include Silent Night, Do You Hear What I Hear, S’vivon, Deck The Halls, Let It Snow, White Christmas and the stunning a cappella version of Carol of the Bells which has become a signature piece for the Boys Chorus through the years.

     The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus Holiday Concert is a popular Tucson tradition that began in 1939 with a Christmas Eve concert performed by eight boys under the direction of founder Eduardo Caso.  This year’s program features boys ages 6 through 21 who are members of the Touring Chorus, the TowneSingers, the Training Chorus the Cadet Choir and the Young Men’s Ensemble. Assistant Conductor, Gavin Ely, joins Dr. Ackerley in leading the singers.

     The Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, known internationally for its traditional boychoir repertoire and western flair, has performed throughout the United States and the world.  Their local holiday concert is an established and popular event during the festive holiday season. 

    Reserved seat tickets for the Holiday Concert are $20.00 premium seating, $15.00 general and $8.00 for children under 12 and are available

at the Boys Chorus office located at 5770 E. Pima Street, online at www.boyschorus.org or by calling (520) 296-6277.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:

Rehearsal – Fri Dec 16th – 11:00am to 4:00pm

St. Francis De Sales Gymnasium – 1375 S. Camino Seco

Full Chorus Final Rehearsal

Sat Dec 17th - 10:00am to 12:00 noon - UA Crowder Hall                                                                                            

Holiday Concerts

Sat Dec 17th - 3:00pm & 7:30pm - UA Crowder Hall

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Tucson Boys Chorus - 296-6277

Ackerley Advertising - 546-9707