Ken Goodenberger, Director

2013-2014 Season

30th Anniversary Season
Christmas Concert

April 8, 7:00 PM
Faith Presbyterian Church
16000 N. Del Webb Blvd.
Sun City, AZ 85381

April 10, 7:00 PM 
Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church
13658 W. Meeker Blvd.
Sun City West, AZ 85375

Admission $10.00 at the door or from Chorale members 

Join us on

Songs of Steel and Stage

The West Valley Chorale, under the direction of Ken Goodenberger, celebrates it’s 30th Anniversary season with a unique blend of old and new.  The program showcases the premiere performance of Craig Bohmler’s Songs of Steel and also offers a wonderful grouping of memorable music from opera and stage. The “songs of stage” include the music from Phantom of the Opera, a Rogers and Hammerstein medley, “Libiamo” from La Traviata, “The Neighbors’ Chorus” by Offenback, and a modern arrangement of the overture to the Barber of Seville.

Songs of Steel is a major  work commissioned by the Chorale and funded by a grant from the Sundome Performing Arts Association. In it, Mr. Bohmler and his lyricist Marion Adler use “steel” as a metaphor for our lives.   The concept is presented in many ways:  a girder from the World Trade Center, “broken but bending never...;” a stainless steel spoon, the ordinary starting tool for every child;  the Eiffel Tower, ridiculed for us in the words of Guy de Maupassant; the steel warships deliberately sunken at Arromanches on June 9, 1944, to provide a safe harbor for Allied Troops after D-Day;  a glittering array of bayonets--so silvery in the sun, so deadly;  the shiny Cloud Gate metal sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park, fun-house-mirror distortions of ourselves and our lives; and finally, the “steel and lace” of things degrading, tattered by rust and time, but still representing the staying power at the heart of all that is valuable.  These seven settings reflect the steel in our lives, in our hearts and in our memories--strong, beautiful, silly, sad and invincible. 

The concerts will be held on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:00 PM, at Faith Presbyterian Church, 16000 Del Webb Boulevard, Sun City and on Thursday, April 10, at 7:00 PM, at Shepherd of the Hills Methodist Church, 13658 Meeker Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased in advance from Chorale members, and they are also available at the door.  For more information call Jo-Anne Jones at 623-214-0761.  See the West Valley Chorale website at

Craig Bohmler is a composer/ pianist/conductor whose works have been widely performed in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan. In April of 2012. the West Valley Chorale was privileged to premiere Bohmler’s choral composition, “Legacy.”  The piece focused on the universal experiences people share that make us who we are as we travel the path of life. It captured the connections and experiences, both joyous and sorrowful, that create a lifetime. “Songs of Steel” is another first for the Chorale.   The concept of “steel” as a symbol for our lives runs through the seven sections of the composition. With its unusual approach to the subject, the piece is a both unique and compelling.

Primarily a composer for the “singing theatre,” Mr. Bohmler has created three operas and 10 musicals as well as  wind ensemble, choral and symphonic works.   Recently, as composer in residence with Arizona Opera, he wrote the first American Western Opera based on Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage.


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Sun City , Arizona    85372


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REV. FEB 25, 2014
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