LET FREEDOM SING 2019


Let Freedom Sing 2019

For over three decades, Let Freedom Sing has delighted audiences and embraced the diverse patriotic spirit of Southern Arizonans. Musical selections include patriotic standards and all-American hits, with a star-spangled line-up. Let Freedom Sing is an inspiring and honoring celebration of our nation’s birthday in song – uniting our diverse backgrounds and fostering a sense of community. Through the years, the production has become part of the cultural fabric of Tucson.

 Featuring the Arts Express Choir and Orchestra and special guests including the swinging Manhattan Dolls, the acclaimed baritone Andrew Stuckey, the captivating Flamenco guitarist Ismael Barajas and MORE!

SEASON 2019

Tuck Everlasting - July 12th – 14th

She Loves Me - Oct 12th – 20th

A Christmas Carol - Dec 6th – 15th

Carousel - Feb 28th – March 8th

The Monte Awards - May 9th

Let Freedom Sing - July 4th

JULY 4th, 2019

Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701

Thursday, July 4th

7/4/2019  @ 3:00 pm

7/4/2019  @ 7:00 pm

TICKETS

Premium Reserved: $35 per Person

Reserved:   $25 Adult  •  $15 Student/Youth

Reserved Balcony: $50 for Two People   *Loveseat, Two Occupants Per Seat

General:   $10 per Person

Tickets are also available at Gospel Supplies, 5640 E. Broadway

Or call (520) 319-0400

Meet the Directors

Susan Stokes, Director

Versatile, joyful, multi-talented Susan Lane Stokes brings enthusiasm and expertise to her performing, teaching and directing careers. As a singer, Susan’s appearances in over 40 opera, operetta, musical theater and orchestral works across the US [read more="Read more" less="Read less"] have garnered both critical acclaim and popular appeal for her warm, lovely voice, effortless singing and immediate believability. Favorite roles include Violeta in La Traviata, Mim in La Boheme , Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Lady Shayne in Noel Coward’s Bittersweet, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus. One highlight among many was her appearance as a  part of San Francisco Opera’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations.
She brings this extensive experience to her voice studio, imparting solid vocal technique, dramatic ability, languages, and musical skills. Susan works with students of all levels.
Locally, Susan directed the successful Opera on the Streetcar for the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona, including a popular first time flash mob opera chorus on Tucson’s Streetcar. She has written, produced, and directed several children’s shows. She also produced ‘Sounds of hope, a benefit concert boasting over 140 musicians from The University of Arizona, Tucson Boys Chorus, members of the  Tucson Symphony and chorus which benefited Habitat for Humanity‘s work in Sri Lanka after the tsunami of 2004.
Susan has appeared with Arts Express as Mrs. Fezziwig in ‘The Christmas Carol’ for the past three years. She is happy to join the Arts Express directing staff for the upcoming Let Freedom Sing concert at the Fox Theater on July 4th.
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Mark Gary, Music Director

Mark Gary, Guest Conductor, received his undergraduate degree from Morehouse College in Atlanta. He has earned masters’ degrees from the University of Illinois in both Choral Conducting and Vocal Performance. With the University of [read more="Read more" less="Read less"]Illinois Opera Theater, Mark has sung the tenor roles of Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus, Don Curzio in Marriage of Figaro, Daniel Buchanann in Street Scene, and Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte. He has also appeared as soloist with the Quad Cities Symphony, The University of Illinois Symphony and Oratorio Society, Sinfonia da Camera, the Baroque Artists of Champaign-Urbana and the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

Equally at home on the podium, Mark has conducted and prepared choral ensembles in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan and Arizona. He has served as Director of Music Ministries at Solebury United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church of Okemos and as Artistic Director of the Swarthmore Chorale. Currently, he is Director of Traditional Music Ministries at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church.  [/read]