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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 3:00 am

Coming off its acclaimed 9/11 special concert event, Tucson Chamber Artists opens its eighth season, Harmonic Coexistence, with concerts featuring music of Jewish themes and by Jewish composers.

They will be presented Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El, and Sunday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m., at Grace St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.  

Advance tickets cost $20 to $30. They are available by calling 401-2651 or visiting www.TucsonChamberArtists.org.  

Ticket prices will be $25 to $35 at the door. All students are admitted free as part of TCA’s commitment to reaching young people.

TCA’s 2011-12 concert season,

Harmonic Coexistence, celebrates rich and diverse music that has the power to enrich lives and transcend boundaries, races and creeds.

TCA believes that music is the universal language that unifies the human family, heals conflict and misunderstanding, and elevates our individual and collective spirits.

TCA’s presentation of Urah Hanevel! Arise and Sing: Jewish Music Comes Alive! is its first foray into presenting an entire program of Jewish music. It is, however, yet another program that reflects TCA’s commitment to performing music that reflects the diversity of its community.  

Last year, TCA presented Gloria Dios!, a concert program that traced the musical heritage of Latin America. Other programs have included African-American spirituals.

For Urah Hanevel!, TCA has partnered with Rabbi Sam Cohon, an accomplished cantor, and the choir of Temple Emanu-El.  

Cohon is the rabbi of Temple Emanu-El, whose choir will combine with TCA on two musical pieces. One of the pieces, Let There Be Love – a modern setting of the Jewish night prayer Hashkiveinu  – was written by Cohon’s father, Rabbi Baruch Cohon. It is one of several written by the elder Cohon.

Tucson Chamber Artists is a versatile ensemble of vocal and instrumental musicians dedicated to enriching lives through the transformational power of classical music.

TCA’s singers represent the first rank of choral artists in Arizona and from around the country, and its instrumentalists have trained in some of the finest music schools in the world.

Now in its eighth season, TCA has quickly become a rising star in the American cultural scene.

In 2009, the National Endowment for the Arts awarded funding for TCA’s American Masterpieces project, featuring works by some of the great American composers of the 20th century.

Just last year, TCA’s choir was one of three professional choirs, including Chanticleer and the Incheon City Chorale from South Korea, invited to perform at the Western Conference of the American Choral Director’s Association.

That same year, the journal of Chorus America, The Voice, published a feature article on TCA for its successes in light of the current economic downturn.

TCA’s meteoric rise in the current economic climate is due in part to its immensely popular and unique programming that fuses professional voices and instruments.

It is also because of the generous support of TCA’s patrons and donors, for which TCA is thankful.

In 2011, TCA joined forces with Tucson Symphony Orchestra and UApresents for a special concert: Remembrance and Renewal: A Concert to Commemorate the Tenth Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.

The program featured Mozart’s Requiem and the premiere of a new oratorio by acclaimed composer Stephen Paulus commissioned by TCA.

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