Opera Gives the “Gift of Music” this Holiday Season

Annual Tradition Expands to Tucson and
Features Members of the Opera’s OperaTunity Troupes and
10 Free Community Performances, December 8-19
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Phoenix, AZ (Dec. 5, 2012) — Arizona Opera continues its program of free holiday performances this Yuletide season with the Gift of Musicprogram. These 10 family-friendly concerts will feature members of the Arizona Opera’s Phoenix and Tucson OperaTunity Troupes performing in different community and commercial venues in Phoenix and Tucson. This celebration of song embraces the spirit of the season and includes beloved holiday favorites and carols sung a cappella.

The Gift of Music series is presented as part of Arizona Opera’s education and outreach mission, which is to share the joy of live vocal musical performance to as broad a cross-section of the public as possible. These 30- and 45-minute holiday programs of harmonious quartet-singing are particularly designed for children and families to attend together. As part of the program, Arizona Opera will bring some happiness and joy to patients and families during difficult times at the Ronald McDonald House in Tucson and the VA Medical Center and Maryvale Hospital in Phoenix amongst other venues. Performances are also held at shopping centers and public outdoor venues as part of tree-lighting ceremonies and family-oriented entertainment. The Phoenix troupe kicked off the Gift of Music with the tree lighting at Tempe Marketplace in November. Music direction for The Gift of Music is provided by Arizona Opera’s Director of Education, Lori Fisher.

A calendar of performance dates is below:

Saturday, Dec. 8
Scottsdale Promenade Shopping Center
16427 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
10:45 a.m. — Noon Free to general public

Second Saturday, Downtown Tucson
Scott Ave. Stage
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. Free to general public

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Ronald McDonald House
3838 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Open to staff, volunteers and residents

Saturday, Dec. 13 Beatitudes
1610 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix
11:30 a.m.– 12:15 p.m. Open to residents, their families and staff

Friday, Dec. 14
Banner Desert Medical Center, Atrium
1400 S. Dobson Rd., Mesa

Monday, Dec. 17
VA Medical Center
650 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
1:30-2:15 p.m. Open to hospital patients, their families and staff

Ronald McDonald House
3838 N Campbell Ave, Tucson
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Open to staff, volunteers and residents

Tuesday, Dec. 18
Ronald McDonald House
3838 N. Campbell Ave, Tucson
11:00 a.m. – Noon. Open to staff, volunteers and residents

Arizona State Veteran’s Home
4141 N. 3rd St., Phoenix
2:15 p.m. — 3:15 a.m. Open to residents, their families and staff

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Maryvale Hospital
5102 W. Campbell Ave, Phoenix
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Open to hospital patients, their families and staff

Arizona Opera is Arizona’s only professional opera company, which produces fully-staged opera performances, concerts, in-school touring productions, educational and outreach programs that reach over 70,000 school-children and adults annually. Founded in 1971, Arizona Opera is one of a few opera companies in the United States to serve multiple cities. ###



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