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Sonoran Desert Chorale Performs A Sacred Mosaic March 2 & 3

SONORAN DESERT CHORALE
A SACRED MOSAIC
 
March 2nd & 3rd
 
Gala Concert Celebrates 25th Season in Style
 
 
(Mesa, AZ)  Mosaic, the art of assembling colored pieces of glass or stone to create an image or design, has been used to depict stories of faith and the spirit for centuries.  René Clausen's masterpiece, A New Creation, sets the tone for the "mosaic" of this concert as the Chorale is accompanied by a 17-piece orchestra in this extraordinary choral work.  In writing about it, Clausen noted that "Awe and wonder, unworthiness and doubt, mercy and forgiveness, love, joy, and peace, are all wrapped together in this piece, as indeed these elements are wrapped together in our daily lives." 
 
As the Chorale celebrates its 25th Anniversary Season, this gala concert gives life to its own mosaic with some of the jewels of the past 500 years of sacred song, set in place by the rich and powerful music of Mendelssohn, Duruflé, Ešenvalds, Wilberg and more.  
 
Audience members will be treated not only to the glorious music but also to a photo retrospective of the Chorale's 25 years, a majestic piece including alumni singers, a fun choral fashion show, and a reception following the program to visit with the director and the singers.
 
A Sacred Mosaic performances will take place Saturday, March 2, 2019 at 7:30 P.M. at First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa and Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 3:00 P.M. at La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale.  Tickets are now on sale.  Tickets may be purchased online at SonoranDesertChorale.org or by calling 480-305-4538.  Advancesingle ticket prices are $18 for adults/$15 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more.  Ticket prices at the door are $20 for adults and $18 for seniors/students.  
 
The soaring melodic lines of Mendelssohn's Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen über dir (For God Commanded Angels To Watch Over You) fill the listener with a special feeling of calm.  And the flowing, chant-like strains of Ubi Caritas (Where charity and love are, God is there) set by Duruflé leave an indelible impression of peace.  These are immortal works in the sacred repertoire.
 
Exsultate Iusti in Domino (Rejoice in the Lord, O Ye Just - Psalm 33) by the 17th Century composer Juan de Padilla is a rousing double chorus a cappella work with shifting rhythms and contrasting dynamics.  It is a treat to sing and hear.  Contrast that with another double chorus piece where a sonorous melodic line for the chorus underscores the floating twin soprano lines that soar high above. Ēriks Ešenvalds O Salutaris Hostia (O Saving Sacrifice) is a triumph of closely woven sound and pure resonance.
 
Come celebrate with us!  Make plans now to share in this very special event.  It will truly be a memorable time for all.
 
 
 
A Sacred Mosaic
March 2 and 3, 2019
March 2 at 7:30 PM 
First United Methodist Church
15 E. First Ave., Mesa 85210 
March 3 at 3:00 PM 
La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church 
6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale 85254
 
Mosaic, the art of assembling colored pieces of glass or stone to create an image or design, has been used to depict stories of faith and the spirit for centuries. The Chorale will give life to its own mosaic with some of the jewels of the past 500 years of sacred song set in place by the rich and powerful music of Mendelssohn, Duruflé, Ešenvalds, Wilberg, and more.
 
Advance Tickets: $18 adults/$15 seniors & students
 
 
UPCOMING CONCERTS
 
Sing On
May 4 and 5, 2019
May 4 at 7:30 PM 
First United Methodist Church
15 E. First Ave., Mesa 85210 
May 5 at 3:00 PM 
La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church 
6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale 85254
 
The Chorale ends its celebration of 25 years in song with a tribute to songs of the heart - “If music be the food of love, Sing On.”  From a water-nymph’s plea to the moon in Dvořák’s Song to the Moon to the simple conviction of hope in Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning, Sing On is a fitting finale to this anniversary season’s celebration of the love and friendships that we share through song.
 
 
Times and Venues 
 
All Saturday concerts: 7:30 PM 
First United Methodist Church
15 E. First Ave., Mesa 85210 
 
All Sunday concerts: 3:00 PM 
La Casa De Cristo Lutheran Church 
6300 E. Bell Rd., Scottsdale 85254
 
 
Tickets, CDs, and More Information
 
Box Office:  480.305.4538
Information:  480.835.7059
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
 
 
About the Chorale
Sonoran Desert Chorale was founded in 1994 and is led by Music Director Jeff Harris. Since its inception, the group has become a highly regarded and sophisticated choral organization, presenting musical compositions from cultures around the globe as well as important pieces from the European and American music traditions. Concerts frequently include guest performances and collaborations with distinguished artists and organizations in the community such as the Phoenix Children's Chorus, The Southwest Brass, Mesa Caledonian Pipe Band and the Four Seasons Symphony. The Chorale has engaged in six international concert tours, with performances throughout Europe, including Venice, Rome, Florence, Vienna, Salzburg, Prague, Budapest, Ljubljana, Bayeux, Chartres, Galway, Dublin, and Edinburgh. The Chorale was invited to perform with Broadway superstar Michael Crawford for the inaugural concert of the $150 million Mesa Arts Center. The Chorale was selected to appear at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Salt Lake City, UT. 
 
For more information, high-resolution images, or to schedule an appearance or interview, please contact Laura Schairer at 480-797-3111.
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Significant support is received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.  For more information, see and hear the Sonoran Desert Chorale on the web at SonoranDesertChorale.org
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