True Concord in Green Valley

In October, Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior wasn't anywhere near hosting a concert as it installed its 10-ton pipe organ. But they're ready now, and will host True Concord Voices & Orchestra on Friday.

True Concord Voices & Orchestra is bringing its Grammy-nominated sound to Green Valley on Friday, and they'll have a world-renowned organist with them.

True Concord (formerly Tucson Chamber Artists) was nominated for best choral performance for “Far In the Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus,” recorded in 2015.

Paulus' “Prayers and Remembrances,” commissioned for True Concord, won the Grammy for best contemporary classical composition.

The Green Valley concert will include master organist Guy Whatley, who will play Friday on the newly installed pipe organ at Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior. He'll be joined by 20 of True Concord's vocalists in a program featuring Brahms and Howells, as well as Britten's whimsical Rejoice in the Lamb, and Pärt’s spellbinding Beatitudes. Whatley will be featured on Mozart’s mighty Fantasy in F Minor and Stephen Paulus’s Triptych for Solo Organ. The church's 10-ton organ includes 2,012 pipes and was installed last year.

True Concord is donating a portion of the proceeds from a four-concert series to the Southern Arizona Guild of Organists’ (SAAGO) Roy Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Performances:

Friday, 7 p.m., Lutheran Church of the Risen Savior, Green Valley

Saturday, 7:30 p.m., St. Philip's in the Hills Episcopal Church, Tucson

Sunday, 3 p.m., Catalina United Methodist Church, Tucson

Sunday, 7:30 p.m., St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Tucson

All seats in Green Valley are $30, with discounted tickets offered through the Green Valley/Sahuarita Chamber of Commerce. Student tickets are available for $5, with ID presented at the door. For more information, visit www.trueconcord.org, or call (520) 401-2651.

It has been a big year for True Concord, which changed its name last summer and released its first international CD, “Far in the Heavens: The Chorale Music of Stephen Paulus,” last fall in New York.

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