Vail Chorale members and director Fred Reinagel at a recent ASA concert.
Vail Chorale members and director Fred Reinagel at a recent ASA concert.

The Vail Chorale has been entertaining local audiences with Fall and Spring concerts each year since its founding in 2011.

In honor of its fifth year, director Fred Reinagel invited the members to vote for their favorite pieces from the Chorale’s repertoire, resulting in a program entitled ”These are a Few of Our Favorite Songs.”

You can hear their favorites at the Arizona Senior Academy in an afternoon concert on Saturday (April 23) beginning at 3:00 p.m.

The program opens with America the Beautiful, followed by favorites from the classical repertoire:  Thomas Tallis’ I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say, Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, Mozart’s Lacrimosa, Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Tom Fettke’s Simply Alleluia, Verdi’s Va pensiero (Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) and the Humming Chorus from Madame Butterfly by Puccini.

The second half of the program begins with a jazzy arrangement of the traditional tune Shenandoah, followed by a cowboy medley How the West was Fun, Climb Ev’ry Mountain from The Sound of Music, a medley from My Fair Lady, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera

The audience will be invited to join in a singalong to Edelweiss (words will be provided) to close the concert.

The Vail Chorale’s musical team is headed by director and founder Reinagel, assistant director Melissa Hale, and accompanist Marilee Leishman.  As a non-auditioned community chorus, the Chorale welcomes singers of all ages who enjoy choral singing in four-part harmony.  For more information go to

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer


More Info on attending an event
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East. Its residents support the Arizona Senior Academy, a non-profit charitable organization whose mission includes offering free concerts and lectures to the public.

These events are held in the Great Room of The ASA Building adjacent to the Academy Village Community Center. Due to the popularity of cultural events, non-residents who wish to ensure priority seating are advised to make reservations by email at or by phone at (520) 647-0980. To learn more about the Academy, go to

Parking for visitors is in the lot behind the Community Center. All parking spaces in front of the Academy building are reserved.

Concert Features Vail Chorale’s Favorite Songs: April2016
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