Ticket sales support Patronato San Xavier’s restoration and preservation of the Mission
(March 28, 2017— Tucson, Ariz.)—Patronato’s Spring at San Xavier signature concerts feature the Arizona Repertory Singers on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Mission San Xavier del Bac in Tucson. An informal 30-minute reception on the patio will precede each concert. The Arizona Repertory Singers are a talented community of singers selected by audition who share their tradition of choral artistry and a varied performance repertoire.
“We will present a special program of music chosen specifically for the historically significant, visually stunning, and acoustically reverberant setting of Mission San Xavier del Bac,” said Arizona Repertory Singers Music Director Elliot Jones. “We will be singing sacred and secular music from the very old to the very new.”
Tickets are $55 each and can be purchased online at PatronatoSanXavier.org or by calling (520) 447-8912. Proceeds from concert ticket sales will help Patronato restore the East Tower and conserve the intricate wooden railings that surround the main altar. Forty dollars of each ticket is a tax-deductible donation as allowed by law.
Spring and Christmas concert revenue provides 25 percent of the operating budget each year for Patronato, a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to restore and preserve the Mission for future generations.
In 1978, sensing the imminent destruction of the interior of the Mission, a group of community leaders formed the nonsectarian, nonprofit organization Patronato San Xavier with the sole purpose of restoring and preserving Mission San Xavier del Bac.
To date, Patronato has:
- Restored the central chapel.
- Repaired and plastered the domes.
- Restored the West Tower.
- Conserved the interior art.
Much remains to be accomplished:
- Complete the restoration of the East Tower.
- Restore the East Convento Wing
- Restore the Mortuary Chapel.
- Repair the Mission adobe walls.
- Build an endowment to pay for on-going maintenance.
Mission San Xavier del Bac has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963, and in 2015, the Mission was named to the World Monuments Fund’s World Monuments Watch. The list—50 cultural heritage sites in 36 countries for 2016—highlights historical sites at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political and economic change.