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The Phoenix Chorale, with Chris Gabbitas at the helm, returns to live performances in Phoenix this season returning to your favorite venues across the Valley.


 

OCTOBER 9
UNCLOUDED day – A celebration of choral music


“Unclouded Day is a celebration of the beauty of choral music, featuring diverse settings of uplifting and comforting texts and offering thanks for the opportunity to meet again in person and make music. Three traditional American melodies form the backbone of the repertoire, which has as its central point Sir Benjamin Britten’s choral masterpiece Hymn to St Cecilia, an ode in praise of the Roman martyr and patron saint of music. Choral favorites by Morten Lauridsen and Ola Gjeilo complete the program, along with two contemporary British works by Roxanna Panufnik and Roderick Williams.”

Chris Gabbitas

The ensemble returns for an intimate one-time live concert for film. Exclusively at Camelback Bible Church, Paradise Valley, numbers will be limited for this event as we are shooting a film of our return to live performance – early birds will catch the worm!

 


 

DECEMBER 16,17,18,19,20
a chorale CHRISTMAS – Resume the tradition


“A sparkling holiday favorite for all music-loving Phoenicians, December wouldn’t be the same without the Chorale’s Christmas performance run which ends in the stunning surroundings of Brophy Chapel. This program will feature the world premiere performance of internationally-renowned choral composer Cecilia McDowall’s new commission for the Chorale”.

Chris Gabbitas

Christmas is inextricably linked with music. Whether decking the hall, shopping for presents, enjoying fellowship with family and friends caroling out in the crisp night air, we naturally gravitate towards those old familiar songs (and some new favorites!). This is not a new phenomenon: for centuries the church has saved some of its best music for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, and as singers we have a rich heritage from which we can draw in order to ensure that we present the very best soundtrack to your season. A Chorale Christmas has become one of the staple events in the Valley’s festive calendar, and this year we present a special program of music old and new with the intention of bringing you tidings of comfort and joy and adding some sparkle to your Holiday Season!


DEC 16 – 7:30 pm
LA CASA DE CRISTO LUTHERAN CHURCH
6300 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

DEC 17 – 7:30 pm
AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH
17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City

DEC 18 – 7:30 pm
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 85003

DEC 19 – 3:00 pm
CAMELBACK BIBLE CHURCH
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley

PINNACLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
25150 N Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255


MARCH 18,19,20
re:BIRTH – Resume the tradition


“re:BIRTH offers the chance to reflect on renewal and growth – both literally and metaphorically. This is the first concert of our “Phoenix Masterworks” programs, in each of which we intend to present a work that is indisputably a masterpiece of its genre. This year we shine the spotlight on Aaron Copland’s ‘In the Beginning’. Also in this terrific program, prominent Phoenix musician and Chorale soprano Dr Kira Zeeman Rugen’s ‘Out of the Ash’ receives its world premiere performance.”

Chris Gabbitas


Springtime makes us think of new life and new possibilities. The Earth brings forth new shoots and seeds germinate in time for summer growth and an anticipated harvest, and Christians think of Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus. Spring festivals demand music, and composers have willingly provided choral works for generations. Many of these works celebrate the weather, the ground finally thawing and a corresponding spring in our step (pun intended!), and here we present songs, dances and reflections in praise of this exciting time of the year. As part of a new commitment to championing the work of female composers and supporting new works, this concert series includes the World Premiere of a new work by Phoenix Chorale soprano Kira Zeeman Rugen, with text reflecting on Phoenix’s namesake bird – perhaps the most enduring symbol of birth and rebirth.


The first in Phoenix Masterworks, a series of concerts celebrating some of the most timeless and inspiring works for voices from the Renaissance to the present day, this concert also showcases American composer Aaron Copland, with his masterpiece In the Beginning, written for Mezzo-Soprano solo and chorus, providing a central theme of creation and new life at the beginning of the second half.

MAR 18 – 7:30 pm
 LA CASA DE CRISTO LUTHERAN CHURCH
6300 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

MAR 19 – 7:30 pm
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 85003

MAR 20 – 3:00 pm
CAMELBACK BIBLE CHURCH
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley

 



APRIL 29,30, MAY 1
SPEM – Songs of hope & love

 

“Our final program for this season includes the opportunity to experience Thomas Tallis’ 40-part Renaissance masterpiece ‘Spem in Alium’ – one of the top 10 choral pieces every choral fan MUST hear live, at least once! Through bespoke staging concepts in each venue, the audience will experience total immersion in the sound of 40 solo voices each singing a different line of music and all joining together to create a phenomenal sound. This will be a cultural event not to be missed!””

Chris Gabbitas

Hope is perhaps the strongest emotion of all. When allied with love, it becomes almost unbreakable and unimaginably powerful. Whether worldly or spiritual, humans need to feel inspiration and connection in and with those around us. This program shines light onto love – romantic, spiritual, worldly or other, and the hope and trust we have in each other and in God. Central to the program are two wonderful contemporary works on love, Toby Hession’s She walks in beauty and Jake Runestad’s Let my love be heard. Thomas Tallis’ 40-part masterpiece, Spem in Alium, speaks to the highest form of hope and trust in God. Opening the concert, Sir John Tavener’s Song for Athene was sung at the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Meanwhile, Dale Trumbore offers us a cautionary tale that amidst the rush and business of everyday life, we all need to take time to pause, think, and love.

APR 29 – 7:30 pm
CAMELBACK BIBLE CHURCH
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley

APR 30 – 7:30 pm
TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 85003

MAY 1 – 3:00 pm
PINNACLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
25150 N Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255


2021/22 VENUES

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CATHEDRAL
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, 85003

AMERICAN LUTHERAN CHURCH
17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City

BROPHY CHAPEL
4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

CAMELBACK BIBLE CHURCH
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF MESA
15 E First Avenue, Mesa, AZ 85210

LA CASA DE CRISTO LUTHERAN CHURCH
6300 E Bell Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254

PINNACLE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
25150 N Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85255