Announcing our FALL 2020 Season
The Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas, announces the first half of the 2020/21 Season, “A Season of Hope,” which offers free virtual programming for Fall 2020 (plans for our Spring 2021 programs will be announced later this season).
“During these days when our community’s health and safety are paramount, gathering together to rehearse and perform choral music must necessarily take a back seat,” says Christopher Gabbitas. “And yet all of us miss it tremendously – whether it’s the fellowship we experience as we meet to prepare programs in rehearsal or the thrill we experience as we wait backstage to perform for our fans… We’ve heard how much they’re missing it too, so we’ve been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we can share as much as possible despite the circumstances.”
Magical things happen when people gather together. Over 60 years ago, a small group of friends gathered in a living room around a piano and established what is now the Phoenix Chorale. Now, the Phoenix Chorale invites fans to gather in their living rooms, online, and experience the Phoenix Chorale in a whole new way.
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Chris Chats with John Rutter & Bob Chilcott
October 19, 2020 at 6:00 pm AZ/MST
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New this season are “Chris Chats,” exclusive interviews featuring choral luminaries including composers, conductors, and leaders in the choral field in conversation together throughout the season, hosted by Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas. The first of this series takes place Monday, October 19, 2020, at 6:00 pm.
Featured choral masters in this chat: English composer/conductors John Rutter and Bob Chilcott, whose music is included on the October 24 broadcast, “Pathways of Devotion.”
We open our season with Pathways of Devotion, our first broadcast of the year, hosted by Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas. The Pathways of Devotion program revisits highlights of Gabbitas’s first project with the Chorale, from February 2019, which explored aspects of love, devotion, and the faithfulness that draws us together as families and communities—no matter what life puts in our way. Music featured on this broadcast includes Bob Chilcott’s arrangement of Mairi’s Wedding, Barbara Allen by John Rutter, The Road Home by Stephen Paulus, Only in Sleep by Ēriks Ešenvalds, and more.
Chris Chats with Anton Armstrong & André Thomas
December 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm AZ/MST
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New this season are “Chris Chats,” exclusive interviews featuring choral luminaries including composers, conductors, and leaders in the choral field in conversation together throughout the season, hosted by Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas. The second in this series takes place Monday, December 14, 2020, at 6:00 pm.
Featured choral masters in this chat: conductors Anton Armstrong and André J. Thomas, whose music is included on the December 19 broadcast, “A Chorale Christmas Special.”
A Chorale Christmas Special – free concert broadcast
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm AZ/MST
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Hosted by Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas, this special holiday broadcast brings together highlights from two memorable Christmas programs in 2018 and 2019, led by beloved guest conductors Anton Armstrong and André J. Thomas. Musical highlights include Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King by André Thomas, Rosephanye Powell’s The Word Was God, Silent Night, The Christmas Song, and more. Paired with sing-alongs and new music by the Phoenix Chorale, this broadcast joins us all together in a spirit of hope, peace and renewal, and the musical warmth that only this time of year can bring.
Support These Free Programs: To support the Phoenix Chorale’s free broadcasts, visit PhoenixChorale.org/Donate, and make a gift today. To learn more about sponsoring one of these exciting online programs, please contact President & CEO Jen Rogers at 602-253-2224.