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That's a Wrap!

on Mon, 06/06/2011 - 21:11

To all the Oscar-winning performers, congratulations on a spectacular show!  Hooray for Hollywood! is history, but the memories will live on.

The choirs of ARCS performed three shows this past weekend at the Martha Cohen Theatre, drawing near-capacity audiences and receiving standing ovations after each performance.  What a thrill to perform for such enthusiastic fans!

More than 130 members of the ARCS family of choirs participated in our season finale -- a highlight of our year.  Hooray for Hollywood! raced through some of the great music of the movies - from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" to "Slumdog Millionaire" with stops at "The Pink Panther", "The Muppet Movie" and even "Star Wars".  A great time was had by all and we left our audiences with stirring performances of "Earth Song" and "Proud".

We are so grateful to our fans who have attended many of our past performances.  The verdict is that "Hooray for Hollywood!" was our best to date -- but stay tuned...we're planning our 10th Anniversary production for June 2 and 3, 2012!  It will be sure to surpass even this year's production!

A very big thank you to all the singers, volunteers, backstage crew, theatre staff and especially our audience for making Hooray for Hollywood a blockbuster success!

Hooray for Hollywood!

on Thu, 05/05/2011 - 21:39

Tickets on sale now at the Epcor Centre Box Office for our 2011 production Hooray for Hollywood!  Three performances:  June 4 | 7:30pm and June 5 | 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Tickets at www.tickets.epcorcentre.org or call 403-294-9494

Up2Something and She’s Up2Something salute the songs of the Silver Screen – from the Golden Age of Hollywood to the Blockbusters of today.

More than 100 voices strong, the choirs of the Adult Recreational Choir Society of Calgary (ARCS) converge at Martha Cohen Theatre under the artistic direction of Brian Bowman in this dazzling new production featuring music of the movies.

Formed in 2002, the choirs of ARCS have delighted local audiences with their light-hearted and broadway-esque approach to choral music.  Drawing from the rich repertoire of the cinema, Hooray for Hollywood! will cover the gamut with homage paid to the stars of yesteryear and  today.

Conceptually, the show plays out like a movie on its journey through decades of Oscar-winning songs and memorable moments from by-gone eras.  Staged and choreographed, replete with professional sound and lighting, this is no ordinary choral performance.  The stage is set and the cast is standing by for an all-star salute to the magic and madness of the movies!

Featuring Up2Something and She’s Up2Something of the ARCS family of choirs, this local amateur performing arts group is dedicated to providing creative and challenging opportunities for adults to enrich their lives and our community through musical expression and performing arts.

ARCS’ season finales have become popular with all ages.

Calgary Sings!

on Sat, 04/09/2011 - 10:23

On Saturday, April 9th, nine fantastic adult community choirs from Calgary will converge at Knox United Church (506 - 4 Street SW) for an unforgettable evening of music and celebration hosted by the Heebee-jeebees.  Ranging from the Silver Stars Musical Revue to the Calgary Men's Chorus and everything in between, the diversity and range of the participating choirs is sure to entertain and inspire.

Calgary Sings! is a bi-annual choral music festival celebrating the adult community choir community and in support of Music Therapy Programs at Carewest Continuing Care facilities.  2011 marks the 4th bi-annual event and the popularity of this unique musical event continues to build and grow.  More than 390 singers will participate and join the Calgary Sings! 2011 Mass Choir -- a finale to the evening that is not to be missed.

Limited tickets for Calgary Sings! will be available at the door, and organizers are expecting a full house.  Doors open at 7:00 and the concert begins at 7:30pm. 

Participating choirs are:

Calgary Men's Chorus |  Calgary Multicultural Choir  |  German Canadian Male Chorus of Calgary  |  Revv52  |  Rhythm of the Rockies  |  She's Up2Something  |  Silver Stars Musical Revue Society  |  Western Hospitality Singers  |  Up2Something

Calgary Sings! is a signature event of the Adult Recreational Choir Society of Calgary (ARCS) of which Up2Something and She's Up2Something are proud members.

Now That's Talent!

on Mon, 03/07/2011 - 21:20

The ARCS 2011 Talent Show was a great success - in more ways than 18!  Yes, our enthusiastic and adoring audience was treated to some superb talent and excellent performances by 18 acts -- including one marriage proposal.  What a night!

From "Camelot" to "Constant Sorrow", there was an array of talent on display at the Gateway on SAIT's campus on March 5th that could only be grown on the ARCS' vine.  "Hollywood & Vine" was the theme and there were many Oscar-worthy performances, indeed.  The creativity and effort of every act was evident and paid off in spades.

Beyond those in the spotlight, countless volunteers supported the event and helped generate over $5,000 in the Silent Auction.  From those behind the scenes (thanks to Rainer and Sharon in particular) moving props and setting the scene; to those working for months on the Silent Auction (way to go Diane!); to our kilt-wearing emcee (great legs Bruce!) - we offer our heartfelt and sincere appreciation.

That was so much fun, I can hardly wait until next year!  I hope you'll join us again!

Talent on the Vine!

on Sat, 01/29/2011 - 11:59

The ARCS 2011 Talent Show is coming soon!  Each season, the members of the ARCS family of choirs are invited to "strut their stuff" on stage at the much-anticipated event.  This year's theme, "Hollywood & Vine" gives performers an enormous catalogue of famous tunes and characters from which to choose.  From the entries we've received this year, it's shaping up to be one of the most entertaining shows we've ever seen!

The 2011 Talent Show will take place at the Gateway Lounge in Campus Centre on the campus of SAIT Polytechnic.  The evening features a no-host bar and the hugely popular annual Silent Auction.  Our guests can bid on unique packages with all proceeds supporting the ongoing operation of ARCS.

The Talent Show furthers our commitment to our members to provide them with opportunities to nurture their performing aspirations and dreams.  This isn't an open mic night, or a Karaoke bar -- performers put time and effort into developing their act and preparing it for live performance.  You will be amazed and delighted by the quality and diversity of the talent that is on display!

The 2011 ARCS Talent Show takes place on Saturday, March 5th beginning at 7:30pm at the Gateway, Campus Centre, SAIT Polytechnic.  Tickets are now on sale for just $10 in advance or $12 at the door.  Be sure to put it on your calendar and be part of the fun!

 

And We're Off!

on Sat, 01/08/2011 - 10:54

Music is in the air!  Our first rehearsal of She's Up2Something took place on January 6th with over 50 ladies in attendance.  Up2Something resumed rehearsals on January 4th and excitement is building for our upcoming performances.  Over the next few months, ARCS will present its annual Talent Show and Silent Auction at the Gateway on March 5th; Calgary Sings! 2011 on April 9th will showcase the diversity of Calgary's adult choral community; and the year will culminate in our production of "Hooray for Hollywood: A Salute to the Music of the Movies".  Who could ask for anything more?

Whether you're new to ARCS or a veteran, we hope that you're enjoying your experience this season.  We're devoted to making this a positive experience for you and all those who are part of our family of choirs.  If there is anything we can do to improve, we'd love to hear from you!  Use the FEEDBACK button to offer suggestions or provide comments.  We're listening.

If you are still looking for a choir to call your own, we're still accepting new singers to She's Up2Something.  Why not drop by one of our rehearsals in January and try us on for size?  She's Up2Something rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:00 - 9:30pm at Altadore Baptist Church.  Let us know you're coming so we know to expect you.  We hope to see you soon!

Happy New Year!

on Mon, 01/03/2011 - 13:31

Hoping you had a wonderful holiday and are refreshed and invigorated for an exciting year.  ARCS is preparing for our year-end performances in June featuring music of the movies!  Rehearsals for Up2Something are now well underway, with much of the repertoire learned or in progress.  She's Up2Something begins their 2011 season on January 6th with a fun and challenging line-up of great music from the silver screen.

If you're new to ARCS or looking for information on our programs, please browse our website.  If you have questions that aren't addressed here, please use the "Feedback" button to send us a note.  We're always happy to tell you more about our choirs!

As we embark on a new year, the Artistic Team together with our Production Team are busy preparing the costuming, choreography and staging elements that will make this year's year-end show truly special.  I'm really looking forward to the months ahead as we bring this great music to life!

To all our members and friends, we wish you a very happy, peaceful and prosperous New Year!  Thank you for all your support in the past year too!

Come sing with us!

on Sun, 08/22/2010 - 15:12

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The choirs of ARCS -- Up2Something, She's Up2Something and Up2Christmas -- are excited to be launching our 2010-11 season!  Each year we welcome new singers with lots, little or no previous singing experience to join us. If you can match pitch and occasionally let your hair down, this is the program for you!

This season's theme is "Hooray for Hollywood".  Repertoire for She's Up2Something and Up2Something is drawn from the vast and diverse songbook of the movies.  Up2Christmas once again celebrates the sounds and songs of the Christmas season.

Whether you have a lot, a little or absolutely no previous musical experience, you are welcome to try one of ARCS' programs on for size.  Like 150 or so others, you might find out that you really enjoy it!

Registration is now underway for all programs.  Click on the Registration tab to find out more about membership in ARCS.  A new season gets underway soon and our programs are popular, so don't delay!

Repertoire Selections Near Completion

on Mon, 08/16/2010 - 10:24

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The enjoyable and lengthy process of selecting just the right music for the choirs of ARCS is almost complete.  The artistic team and production committee have spent considerable time over the summer researching the available repertoire from an enormous catalogue of possible titles.  This season's theme -- Hooray for Hollywood! -- affords an incredibly rich and diverse range of music to choose from.  In fact, the challenge has been to reduce the list of possible titles to one that is both realistic and representative of the cinema music.

I think we've done it!  We've finalized the repertoire list with input from members of the Artistic Team and Production Committee.  You're going to love what we've selected -- from songs of the golden age of Hollywood to music from the soundtracks to today's blockbusters.  So, find a date, grab some popcorn and sit back...the show is about to begin!

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