“Wine Women & Song” is Fundraiser for SAWCby Hot Off The Press (Release) on Feb. 07, 2013, under Press Releases
Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus
Contact: Artistic Director Terrie Ashbaugh at 404-3148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Benefit on March 16 Includes Wine, Food, Silent Auction and Performance
TUCSON, AZ – “Wine, Women and Song” is the joyful annual fundraiser of the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus. The March 16 event includes a winetasting, gourmet hors oeuvres, silent auction and performance by chorus members.
SAWC is known for its eclectic and versatile repertoire that spans from classical music to Broadway, folk, jazz, spiritual, seasonal and other popular songs. The full chorus presents two ticketed concerts each year, plus numerous sing-out performances at festivals, events, schools and senior communities throughout Southern Arizona. The chorus has entertained the metro area for more than 30 years.
This is the fourth annual fundraising event to help the chorus collaborate with local and national artists, commission new works for women’s voices, provide scholarships and present workshops for schools, other community choral groups and the public.
Wine, Women and Song will be presented Saturday, March 16 6 to 8 p.m. at the Museum of Miniatures, 4455 E. Camp Lowell Drive. Tickets event are $40 – which includes admission to the museum – and can be ordered online at www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org. Call 404-3148 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Terrie Ashbaugh is the longtime artistic director of the chorus. She is also co-founder of the Women in Song Festival for Women’s Choruses that will be held here in Tucson April 18, 19 and 20. The festival is a three-day concentration of female vocalists rehearsing, having clinics on vocal techniques and roundtable discussions about their choirs and activities, plus sharing and making new friends, Ashbaugh said. The first festival was held in 2010 in Seattle.
SAWC’s spring concert will be “Women in Song” at the conclusion of the choral festival. The event features the choir conducted by Ashbaugh, plus a massed chorus of more than 100 voices, led by festival guest conductor Sandra Snow. The concert is Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 7575 N. Paseo del North. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door. Children under age 10 are admitted free.
SAWCbegan in 1981 as a project for a UA graduate student and grew into the Foothills Women’s Chorus, directed by the late Terry Howell. The chorus incorporated in 1985. Ashbaugh became music director in 1998 and its Carnegie Hall debut. The name was changed to Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus in2006. SAWC performs anever-expanding repertoire written specifically for women’s or treble voices.