Introducing our SPRING 2021 Programs
The Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas, announces the second half of the 2020/21 Season, “A Season of Hope,” which offers free virtual programming for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
“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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Join the conversation as Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas sits down with choral luminaries including composers, conductors, and leaders in the choral field in conversation together throughout the season, in our new “Chris Chats” exclusive interviews series. The third in this series has been postponed, updates coming soon.
Featured choral masters in this chat are esteemed composers Ola Gjelio whose masterpiece The Spheres is included on the March 6 broadcast, “Cosmos,” and Cecilia McDowall, whose compositions Three Latin Motets were included in the Phoenix Chorale’s GRAMMY-winning album, Spotless Rose.
Cosmos – free concert broadcast
Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 7:00 pm AZ/MST
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Hosted by Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas, Cosmos takes us on a journey through ancient and modern cultures, with ethereal choral pieces inspired by the beauty of the night sky. Enjoy the uplifting voices of the Chorale from the comfort of your home with this broadcast featuring highlights from the Chorale’s Cosmos performances last year, with the exquisite works of composers Johannes Brahms, Ola Gjeilo, Felix Mendelssohn, Morten Lauridsen, and more.
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Join the conversation as Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas sits down with choral luminaries including composers, conductors, and leaders in the choral field in conversation together throughout the season, in our new “Chris Chats” exclusive interviews series. The fourth in this series takes place Monday, April 19, 2021, at 6:00 pm.
Featured choral masters in this chat are esteemed conductors Herbert Washington Artistic Director at the Phoenix Boys Choir, whose soloists are featured in the Pie Jesu movement of Fauré’s Requiem included in the April 24 “Lux” broadcast, along with Carrie Tennant the founder and Artistic Director for the Vancouver Youth Choir.
We conclude our A Season of Hope with LUX, this special broadcast hosted by Artistic Director Christopher Gabbitas, conjures the healing inspiration of light that shines down upon us. With selections from the Phoenix Chorale’s Lux Aeterna held in 2019, the concert includes a gorgeous choral arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar’s Nimrod, along with works by Palestrina, Poulenc, texts by Walt Whitman. Other highlights include soloists from the Phoenix Boys Choir joining the Phoenix Chorale for Gabriel Fauré’s evocative Pie Jesu, taken from his Requiem, newly recorded much by the Phoenix Chorale, and more!
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