Glee Club to Tour Arizona January 11-14

Jim Tranquada

The Occidental College Glee Club will tour Arizona January 11-14, bringing its wide-ranging repertoire of a capella choral music to Mesa, Phoenix, Sedona and Flagstaff.

The Glee Club, directed by Desiree La Vertu, will perform an eclectic mix of classical, pop, Broadway and international folk music.  Each concert is free and open to the public.

The Occidental Glee Club is one of the College’s oldest traditions. The group made its first appearance Oct. 26, 1906, when it sang at the inauguration of College President John Willis Baer. Among the eight charter members was Clarence Spaulding 1907, Occidental's first Rhodes scholar.

Touring is an important part of the Glee Club tradition. Initially limited to dates in Southern California, for the past 75 years the group has toured different parts of the country as well as abroad.

Club members, who do not have to be music majors, commit a considerable amount of time to their music: one hour of rehearsal per week for women and men separately, 3.5 hours combined rehearsal per week, as well as performances, touring, and competitions.

Glee Club Tour 2020

Saturday, January 11, 7 p.m.
Episcopal Church of Transfiguration
514 S. Mountain Rd., Mesa, AZ

Sunday, January 12
3 p.m. Reception
5 p.m. Concert
Camelback Seventh-Day Adventist Church
5902 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ

Tuesday, January 14, 12 noon
Chapel of the Holy Cross
780 Chapel Rd., Sedona, AZ

Tuesday, January 14, 7 p.m.
Episcopal Church of Epiphany
423 N. Beaver St., Flagstaff, AZ