Celebrating 6O Years
OF TRANSCENDENT MUSIC-MAKING Sixty years ago, some friends gathered around a piano in a living room in central Phoenix to sing and practice madrigals and the music of Bach. Since then, over 400 singers have sung hundreds of programs, shared thousands of hours of music-making, and reached millions of listeners around the world. Our special diamond anniversary season features five incredible and distinct programs, each tying into the Chorale’s 60-year history by setting the stage in the Arizona desert; visiting mid-century Phoenix and beyond; celebrating our 60-year holiday tradition; juxtaposing sacred with secular; and returning to Bach and madrigals. Join us for a thrilling year as we continue our Artistic Director Search and welcome four finalist conductors: Jenny Wong, James K. Bass, Christopher Gabbitas, and Brian A. Schmidt. Whether you think of us as the Phoenix Chorale or the Chorale, the Phoenix Bach Choir or simply Bach Choir, or maybe even the Bach and Madrigal Society, we are delighted you have been with us through all of our musical explorations. And, we are thrilled to continue this journey with you — we can’t wait to see what happens next!
The Phoenix Chorale
From Past to Present Left to right: First conductor Millie Wesley’s copy of The A Cappella Singer, 1958; Founders Drs. Hal & Timona Pittman; Bach and Madrigal Society, 1970s; Phoenix Bach Choir with Anders Öhrwall, 1990; Bach and Madrigal Society’s 30th Anniversary, 1988; Bach and Madrigal Society with Dan Durand, 1980s; Phoenix Bach Choir with Jon Washburn, 1996; Phoenix Bach Choir with Charles Bruffy, 2000; Bach and Madrigal Society with Vance George, 1988.
September 28-30, 2018 4
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JENNY WONG Conductor Our 60th Anniversar y Season opens with ‘Desert and Rivers,’ with music inspired by the contrasting landscapes of our home state of Arizona, a unique environment of stunning desert scenery, fed by the rushing rivers that have shaped it for eons. Jenny Wong leads this program exploring desert-inspired themes of solitude and exile, to flowing rivers conjuring images of healing, mystery and rebirth with music by Moira Smiley, Palestrina, C.P.E. Bach, John Adams, Ola Gjeilo, and more.
SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 Friday at 7:30 pm The Church of the Epiphany-Tempe East Valley SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 Saturday at 7:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Central Phoenix SEPTEMBER 30, 2018 Sunday at 3:00 pm Camelback Bible Church Paradise Valley
October 26-28, 2018 6
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JAMES K. BASS Conductor 1958 was the height of the Midcentury modern era and also the year the Phoenix Chorale was founded as the Bach and Madrigal Society. For centuries, choral music has incorporated the ideas, sounds, and texts of our modern lives. This program offers a glimpse into this practice with an interesting twist on ’Mid-Century Modern,’ featuring music by composers born in the middle of the 20th Century and music from the middle 19th Century. James K. Bass leads this program from Brahms’s O schöne Nacht to Paul Crabtree’s Romantic Miniatures from The Simpsons, and more.
OCTOBER 26, 2018 Friday at 7:30 pm American Lutheran Church West Valley OCTOBER 27, 2018 Saturday at 7:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Central Phoenix OCTOBER 28, 2018 Sunday at 3:00 pm Camelback Bible Church Paradise Valley
Photo credit: Jen Rogers
December 14-18, 2018 8
DR. ANTON ARMSTRONG Conductor It just isn’t Christmas until you hear the Phoenix Chorale sing! Join us this holiday season when internationally renowned conductor Dr. Anton Armstrong leads the Chorale in our annual holiday concerts, ‘A Chorale Christmas.’ One of the world’s pre-eminent choral conductors, Dr. Armstrong has led Minnesota’s St. Olaf Choir for nearly 30 years and has conducted choirs around the world from Taiwan to Prague to Lincoln Center and more. Don’t miss this very special holiday event when Dr. Armstrong brings the spirit of the St. Olaf Christmas Festival to the desert!
DEC. 14, 2018 | Friday at 7:30 pm American Lutheran Church West Valley DEC. 15, 2018 | Saturday at 7:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Central Phoenix DEC. 16, 2018 | Sunday at 3:00 pm La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church North Valley DEC. 17, 2018 | Monday at 7:30 pm Camelback Bible Church Paradise Valley DEC. 18, 2018 | Tuesday at 7:30 pm Brophy Chapel Central Phoenix
February 22-24, 2019 10
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CHRISTOPHER GABBITAS Conductor Adoration, faithfulness, dedication, longing: humanity’s expression of spiritual and worldly devotion has inspired choral composers since before the Renaissance – and for sixty years, the Phoenix Chorale has honored many of their works in per formance. In ‘Pat hways of Devotion,’ Christopher Gabbitas presents exquisite representations of spiritual adoration and worldly affection from the last 500 years. Featuring music from Purcell to Pärt, Mendelssohn to Larsen, the program concludes with five “musical valentines:” folk songs from Britain and the Americas, originally arranged for The King’s Singers.
FEBRUARY 22, 2019 Friday at 7:30 pm American Lutheran Church West Valley FEBRUARY 23, 2019 Saturday at 7:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Central Phoenix FEBRUARY 24, 2019 Sunday at 3:00 pm Camelback Bible Church Paradise Valley
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BRIAN A. SCHMIDT Conductor In the founding years as the Bach and Madrigal Society, the Phoenix Chorale quite literally focused on madrigals and the music of J. S. Bach, along with championing new music. With ‘Reflections,’ Brian A. Schmidt brings our 60th Anniversary Season full circle performing J.S. Bach’s magnificent Jesu meine Freude (which we first performed in 1959), along with John Rutter’s delightful Birthday Madrigals. The celebration continues with a variety of music new to the Chorale, with jazz-influenced works by Reena Esmail and Anders Paulsson to name a few, and closes with jubilant spirituals.
APRIL 5, 2019 Friday at 7:30 pm American Lutheran Church West Valley APRIL 6, 2019 Saturday at 7:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Central Phoenix APRIL 7, 2019 Sunday at 3:00 pm Camelback Bible Church Paradise Valley
BOYS TO MEN
Saturday, November 3, 2018 4:30PM | Central High School Presented by Orpheus Male Chorus, this annual festival features over 300 men and boys including the men of the Phoenix Chorale. Details at Orpheus.org.
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Did you or someone you know sing in the Chorale? We want to know! All alumni are invited to join us for this special reunion event! Details at PhoenixChorale.org/Alumni.
BEER CHOIR PHX CHRISTMAS EDITION
Saturday, December 1, 2018 7:00PM | DeSoto Central Market Join singers from the Phoenix Chorale for an evening of song, craft brews, and Christmas carols! A portion of beer sales will be donated to Arizona Helping Hands. Details at PhoenixChorale.org.
Join us for this unique series of lectures, weaving together Phoenix and Arizona’s musical and cultural history with the Phoenix Chorale. Each lecture is tied to the concert themes of our four Artistic Director Search finalists and explores a wide range of topics. Details at PhoenixChorale.org.
• LECTURE 1
Our Desert Rivers Heritage: A Rich Legacy of Place and Sound Tuesday, September 11, 2018 6:00PM I Audubon Society Guest lecturer: Dr. George A. Martinez
• LECTURE 2
Phoenix in the Mid-Century Tuesday, October 16, 2018 6:00PM I First United Methodist Church Guest lecturer: Marshall Shore
• LECTURE 3
Saturday, March 30, 2019 7:30PM | Camelback Bible Church Presented by the Phoenix Girls Chorus, this annual event features women and girls from across Arizona including the women of the Phoenix Chorale. Details at GirlsChorus.org. 14
Two Paths in Choral Music: Exploring Sacred and Secular Devotion Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:00PM I Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Guest lecturer: Tom Peterson
• LECTURE 4
Phoenix Chorale: Celebrating 60 Years of Music-Making Tuesday, March 19, 2019 6:00PM I Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Guest lecturer: Dr. Kevin Kriegel
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Share your concert experience with us through social media - tag us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with @PhoenixChorale. Or, start a trend using our concert hashtags like this: #ChoraleChristmas.
Attending We sing in select venues across the Valley. All of our concerts are general admission, with a premium seating section reserved for subscribers. For additional information about our concert venues, parking, maps and directions, accessibility, and more, visit PhoenixChorale.org. American Lutheran Church
American Lutheran Church
17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City
CENTRAL PHOENIX Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
4710 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 W. Roosevelt St.,Phoenix
Camelback Bible Chuch
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley
Church of the Epiphany-Tempe NEW!
2222 S. Price Rd., Tempe
La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church NEW!
6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale
ACCESSIBILITY | We strive to serve all patrons and perform at venues that are accessible to everyone and offer auxiliary aids and services when requested. When ordering tickets, please let us know if you require additional services or accessibility options. For more information, visit PhoenixChorale.org/Accessibility. 16
Meet THE SEARCH FOR OUR NEXT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR The Phoenix Chorale announces four finalists in our Artistic Director Search (left to right): Jenny Wong, James K. Bass, Christopher Gabbitas, and Brian A. Schmidt. The Artistic Director Search process began in the summer of 2017 with fifty applicants from across the United States and abroad. Each of the four finalists will lead the Chorale in rehearsals and concerts this season. After each concert weekend, ticket holders will have the opportunity to complete a survey and share their concert experiences. Learn more at Search.PhoenixChorale.org.
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DESERT AND RIVERS
7:30 pm Friday SEP 28, 2018 Church of the Epiphany-Tempe / EAST VALLEY 7:30 pm Saturday SEP 29, 2018 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral / CENTRAL PHOENIX 3:00 pm Sunday SEP 30, 2018 Camelback Bible Church / PARADISE VALLEY
MID-CENTURY MODERN 7:30 pm Friday OCT 26, 2018 American Lutheran Church / WEST VALLEY 7:30 pm Saturday OCT 27, 2018 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral / CENTRAL PHOENIX 3:00 pm Sunday OCT 28, 2018 Camelback Bible Church / PARADISE VALLEY
A CHORALE CHRISTMAS 7:30 pm 7:30 pm 3:00 pm 7:30 pm 7:30 pm
Friday Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday
DEC 14, 2018 DEC 15, 2018 DEC 16, 2018 DEC 17, 2018 DEC 18, 2018
American Lutheran Church / WEST VALLEY Trinity Episcopal Cathedral / CENTRAL PHOENIX La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church / NORTH VALLEY Camelback Bible Church / PARADISE VALLEY Brophy Chapel / CENTRAL PHOENIX
PATHWAYS OF DEVOTION 7:30 pm Friday FEB 22, 2019 American Lutheran Church / WEST VALLEY 7:30 pm Saturday FEB 23, 2019 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral / CENTRAL PHOENIX 3:00 pm Sunday FEB 24, 2019 Camelback Bible Church / PARADISE VALLEY
7:30 pm Friday APR 5, 2019 American Lutheran Church / WEST VALLEY 7:30 pm Saturday APR 6, 2019 Trinity Episcopal Cathedral / CENTRAL PHOENIX 3:00 pm Sunday APR 7, 2019 Camelback Bible Church / PARADISE VALLEY
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Dr. Anton Armstrong | December 14-18, 2018
James K. Bass | October 26-28, 2018
Jenny Wong | September 28-30, 2018
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