Phoenix Chorale: Pathways of Devotion

(Phoenix, Arizona) - Adoration, faithfulness, longing...humanity's expressions of spiritual and worldly devotion have inspired choral composers since before the Renaissance and for sixty years, the Phoenix Chorale has honored many of these musical works in performance. On February 22-24, the Phoenix Chorale presents "Pathways of Devotion," led by Artistic Director Finalist Christopher Gabbitas.
The Chorale's February concerts present exquisite musical works of spiritual adoration and worldly affection spanning 500 years with visions of heaven, religious pilgrimage, and romantic love. Featuring music from Thomas Weelkes to Arvo Pärt, and Felix Mendelssohn to Libby Larsen, the "Pathways of Devotion" program concludes with five familiar and well-loved "musical valentines:" folk songs from Britain and the Americas, originally arranged for The King's Singers.
Grammy-winning artist Christopher Gabbitas spent the last 15 years as a member and managing partner of The King's Singers, performing nearly 2,000 concerts worldwide, conducting over 500 masterclasses, and appearing on more than 30 commercial recordings. Gabbitas appears on their most recent recording, Gold, which has been nominated for the 2018 Grammy Award for "Best Classical Compendium." Gabbitas studied at St. John's College, Cambridge and Christ Church, Oxford, and soon joins the faculty of the University of Redlands in Redlands, California, where he co-created a new master's degree course combining elite choral performance and music business education.
Tickets start at $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and military, and $15 for students. Tickets can be purchased by calling 602-253-2224 or online at
Join Phoenix Chorale for a free lecture featuring Tom Peterson discussing the role of devotion in sacred and secular music on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30PM at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix.
FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019
Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7:30 PM
American Lutheran Church
17200 N. Del Webb Blvd., Sun City
Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley
Tickets start at $35 for adults, $30 for seniors & military, $15 for students. or 602-253-2224
FREE LECTURE: Two Paths in Choral Music: Exploring Sacred and Secular Devotion"
Guest lecturer and Tom Peterson, doctoral candidate and Music Director at Christ Church of the Ascension, leads us through an exploration of the meaning of “devotion” through the lens of sacred and secular music throughout history.
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
Purcell: Hear my prayer, O Lord
Gibbons: Hosanna to the Son of David
Parsons: Ave Maria
Weelkes: Hosanna to the Son of David
Van Ness: My Heart is a Holy Place
Mendelssohn: Denn er hat seinen Engeln befohlen
Pärt: Bogoróditse Djévo
Harris: Faire is the Heaven
Talbot: "León" from Path of Miracles
Larsen: In the Still Garden and Will you, nill you
Ešenvalds: Only in Sleep
Folk songs (arr. Rutter/Gabbitas/Chilcott):Barbara Allen
Scarborough Fair
Con amores, la mi madre
She's Like the Swallow
Mairi's Wedding
The remainder of the Phoenix Chorale's 60th Anniversary Season includes Pathways of Devotion (Feb. 22-24, 2019); and Reflections (Apr. 5-7, 2019). This season began in the fall of2018 with Desert and Rivers (Sept. 28-30, 2018); Mid-Century Modern (Oct. 26-28, 2018); A Chorale Christmas (Dec. 14-18, 2018); 
Single tickets start at $35, with discounts available for students, seniors and military. 
The Artistic Director Search process began in the summer of 2017, and by November fifty qualified individuals from across the United States and abroad had applied for the position. The Search Team reviewed the first round of materials -- cover letters, resumes, and both audio and video files -- and narrowed the field to 11 semifinalists. The semifinalists submitted a second round of materials including additional video and audio files, and each semifinalist was tasked with designing a concert program for the Chorale; interviews were held and references were checked. At the end of that round, four finalists were identified and invited to continue in the search process. Each finalist will come to Phoenix, lead the Chorale in rehearsals and concerts, and meet with the board, staff, singers, and community over the course of their concert series. The final selection for the Artistic Director position is expected in late spring of 2019, with the new Artistic Director taking the helm in the 2019/20 season.
The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest choral ensembles in North America. The 28-voice chorus has developed its reputation through live performances across Arizona, the US and Canada, along with a series of recordings treasured by music lovers and played by radio stations around the world. The Phoenix Chorale began in 1958 as a small study group of singers performing music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and quickly evolved into a performing ensemble. In 1992 the ensemble transitioned into a professional choir, and to this day the ensemble's roster is made up of Arizona residents -- highly educated and trained singers with a variety of careers, including teaching music. In 2004 the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to record for the UK's Chandos Records, and since then the Chorale's recordings have earned a total of eight Grammy nominations and two Grammy wins. In its 60-year history conductors of the Chorale have included Millicent Wesley, Wallace Hornibrook, Dan Durand, Vance George, Anders Öhrwall, Jon Washburn and Charles Bruffy. The Phoenix Chorale's vision is to be the preeminent model for American choral music by redefining standards of excellence, and its mission is to enrich life through excellence and distinction in choral artistry.
The Phoenix Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants, funding, and support from the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, Arizona Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.
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