Spring Medley Madness features Gershwin, Porter, Mercer and more

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TUCSON, AZ – Spring is in the air – just the time for a bouquet of nostalgic songs by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer wrapped up with Swing and Big Band favorites. 

  Come tap your toes down memory lane and enjoy the best of the great songsters when the Southern Arizona Women’s Chorus presents Spring Medley Madness on April 11 and 13.

  Longtime SAWC Music Director Terrie Ashbaugh conducts this joyful entertainment the whole family can enjoy.

  The concerts will be presented Friday, April 11at 7 p.m. at Catalina Foothills High School, 4300 E. Sunrise Dr. and again on Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1220 W. Magee Road (just east of La Canada Drive).

  Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Children age 10 and under are welcome at no charge. Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased from SAWC members, online at www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org or by calling (520) 404-3148.                          

  SAWC is known for its eclectic and versatile repertoire that spans from classical music to Broadway, folk, jazz, spiritual, seasonal and other popular songs. SAWC presents two ticketed concerts each year – one in the spring, the other in December – 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 three decades. SAWC is a member of the Arizona Choral Arts Association

  Ashbaugh became music director of the chorus in 1998 and conducted its Carnegie Hall debut. She also is director of music at Ascension Lutheran Church and School. Previously she directed the University of Arizona Faculty/Staff Choir.  Ashbaugh completed a master’s degree in choral conducting at the UA and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from Seattle Pacific University. She’s co-founder of the Women in Song Festival for Women’s Choruses, whose inaugural event was in April of 2010 in Seattle. In April 2013, SAWC hosted the second festival here in Tucson. She currently serves as chair of the repertory and standards committee for community choirs at the Arizona chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.

  For more information about SAWC, visit www.southernarizonawomenschorus.org or call (520) 404-3148.

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