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Announcing our 2019/20 Season with new Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas! We open our season with Lux Aeterna featuring Fauré’s Requiem; this spring, we’ll take an interstellar musical journey with Cosmos, and close our season with Birth & Rebirth, featuring Aaron Copland’s In The Beginning along with a newly commissioned work by our own Kira Zeeman Rugen. And, for A Chorale Christmas, we’ll welcome special guest conductor Dr. André J. Thomas. All tickets go on sale July 29, 2019.

Remembering those who have gone before us is a common human need. Whether reflecting on a long life, well-lived, or mourning a life taken before its time, we seek to honor and commemorate our family, friends, and those we admire. We open our season with Fauré’s Requiem, perhaps Fauré’s most enduring work. The Chorale also welcomes guest soloists from the Phoenix Boys Choir for this program.

Christopher Gabbitas, conductor

Gathering friends and family together at Christmas is a special joyous time bringing heartwarming memories old and new. Join us when internationally renowned conductor Dr. André J. Thomas leads the Chorale in our festive annual holiday concerts. Dr. Thomas is in demand around the world as a guest conductor and clinician. Previous engagements include the Berlin Radio Choir, Czech National Symphony, and World Youth Choirs in China, the Philippines, and in Europe.

Dr. André J. Thomas, guest conductor

The night sky has been a thing of wonder for all mankind since time immemorial. And through the ages this has inspired poets, painters, novelists, and musicians to create unique and exciting works of art. Cosmos takes us on an interstellar journey through cultures both ancient and modern, using musical styles from around the world and drawing varied inspiration from the beauty of the night sky.

Christopher Gabbitas, conductor

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The first in the Chorale’s new Phoenix Masterworks Series, this program celebrates some of the most timeless and inspiring works for voices, from the Renaissance to the present day. Aaron Copland’s masterpiece, In The Beginning, written for mezzo-soprano solo and chorus, provides a central theme of creation and new life. The concert includes the world premiere of a new work reflecting on Phoenix’s namesake bird by Chorale soprano Kira Zeeman Rugen.

Christopher Gabbitas, conductor