ST. GEORGE – The Southern Utah Heritage Choir will celebrate 20 years of music with a concert on Sunday and an international tour to the Emerald Isle in November.
The choir will hold a special performance entitled “Letters From Ireland” at the St. George Tabernacle at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert kicks off a year-long celebration of the choir’s 20th anniversary and will also be a bon voyage for the choir, which will embark on a 10-day international tour of Ireland later this year.
The choir will present Irish selections that will be featured during the tour and bring a few memorable songs back from their early days in 1994. Those who attend will recognize melodies woven together that everyone has grown to love. Irish music is the basis for countless melodies known around the world, such as “O Danny Boy,” “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Irish Blessing” and “Ireland’s Call,” often affectionately referred to as their national anthem. “Be Thou My Vision,” known for years in most every faith, was also written in Dublin.
Founding director Floyd Rigby will conduct the choir, assisted by associate director and accompanist Nancy Allred.
“Since their early years, choirs have raised their voices in praise and celebration,” the choir said in a statement. “Many faiths have come together to sing their songs of praise and the Heritage Choir has been influential in bringing people from all walks of life together.”
“Music opens the hearts of all people to join together, forget their differences and, through their sacred gifts and talents, offer praise to the maker of us all,” Rigby said.
Anyone interested in joining the choir is welcome to stop by a rehearsal, held at the St. George Tabernacle Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Event details and contact information
Date: Sept. 15
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: St. George Tabernacle, 18 South Main Street, St. George
Contact: Southern Utah Heritage Choir – 435-673-5507
Submitted by: Southern Utah Heritage Choir