There’s a new show in town in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the stars are more than 30 residents from Vi at Silverstone, a Vi and Plaza Companies Community.
The group, known as “The Vi Tones,” is a choral group that launched in 2015 under the direction of resident Barbara Faber.
“It’s a loyal, fun-loving group,” said Faber. “It’s also really well organized and everyone works to help the group succeed.”
Faber herself grew up in a musical family, and when she and her husband Ed moved to Vi at Silverstone it was important she continue on with her passion for music.
“I grew up singing and playing the piano, flute and church organ. Music has always been a big part of my life,” she said.
Music lovers unite
Faber started the group in May of 2015, and worked with the community’s Lifestyle Director to bring in an outside musical director, Margaret Watson. Watson leads and directs the group, collaborating with Faber on song selections.
With Watson at the helm, Faber worked to recruit the 30-plus residents that make up the Vi Tones. Weekly rehearsals began with the goal of a community-wide performance.
Jackie Badger, a Vi Tones member and lifelong friend of Faber, also grew up in a musical family and was excited for the chance to join a group at her new home at Vi.
“The group ranges in age from those in their 70s to age 92,” said Badger. “We are a diverse group, and everyone just loves it.”
Running the show
To date, the Vi Tones have performed two shows that they hope to become annual events: a December holiday showcase – which already has two performance dates planned for 2016 –and a spring-themed show.
The most recent spring show, held in April, was a Broadway-themed showcase that featured songs from “42nd Street,” and “My Fair Lady.” The performance also included solos, duets and dancers.
“The April show was so popular that we had to open up our dress rehearsal to visitors since the main performance was sold out!” said Faber. “Everyone at the show and reception shared in the success and addition of Vi Tones to the community -- we all have a song in our hearts.”