There are so many great things happening at the Phoenix Chorale during this 60th anniversary season! We are in the midst of a search for a new Artistic Director and each of the four amazingly accomplished finalists will come to Phoenix to lead the ensemble in rehearsals and concerts. Complementing the four unique programs planned by our finalists is a special set of lectures that interweaves the themes of the season’s music with the musical and cultural history of the Chorale and Phoenix.
Our series kicks off Tuesday September 11 at 6 pm at Audubon Arizona with “Our Desert Rivers Heritage: A Rich Legacy of Place and Sound.” Haley Paul, Policy Manager at Audubon Arizona, will begin the lecture with a presentation about the history of water in Arizona. In the lecture’s second half, Dr. George A. Martinez, Director of Development, will pick up these themes and explore the imagery of water and desert in music. Together, they will provide a deep dive into our desert rivers heritage, bringing together cultural, musical, and natural history as an inspirational prelude to the start of the Chorale’s 60th season of singing.
This is a particularly special event since Dr. Martinez sang and recorded with the Chorale for five seasons and served eight years on the Chorale Board, including a term as President. There is no one better able to connect the Chorale’s artistry with Arizona’s natural environment.
The lecture is also a chance to learn more about Audubon Arizona. Truly one of Phoenix’s gems. Less than two miles south of downtown, Audubon Arizona’s Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center is one of just a handful of major urban nature centers in the United States. Set amidst a 600-area restoration habitat along the Salt River corridor, the Center is gateway to an environmental success story. Once a dump site, the habitat is now used by more than 200 species of wildlife and has 5 miles of dirt and paved paths for recreation. Audubon Arizona also provides hands-on nature education programming for more than 4000 children in our community.
Wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and snacks will be available at the event. Adult guests who sign in will receive a free drink ticket. Underage guests under supervision are also welcome to attend.
This lecture is a presentation by the Phoenix Chorale and Audubon Arizona.