Remarkably, back in 1966 jazz legend Duke Ellington arrived in downtown Phoenix with his big band where they performed his concert of “sacred music” with the Trinity Cathedral Choir. This pivotal work signified a new musical movement – one that combined jazz and spirituality, exhibiting Ellington’s showmanship and his deep religious faith. Now exactly 50 years later, we recreate this momentous event for its historic anniversary. Joined by the 16-piece MCC PAC Jazz Ensemble, this spectacular concert features pieces from Ellington’s ground-breaking program of sacred masterworks.
First penned in 1816 for a small pilgrimage church in Austria, Stille Nacht has become the iconic carol for the holiday season. Commemorating this 200th anniversary, our beloved Christmas program will be filled with unique arrangements of this evocative hymn, conjuring peaceful images. This year’s Chorale Christmas will also feature familiar favorites like “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” — proving it just isn’t Christmas until you’ve heard us sing.
The poetic sound of the voice, the rich texture of the guitar… Join us for this lush and exotic concert filled with the romantic fervor of Spanish and Latin song. From the brilliant Romancero Gitano inspired by Frederico García Lorca’s Gypsy Ballads to Astor Piazzola’s shimmering Libertango, you will be swept away by the sensual rhythms and shifting colors as the Phoenix Chorale performs these masterworks accompanied by guitar. Audiences will be transported to the hills of Andalusia and the cobblestone streets of Buenos Aires in this truly unforgettable concert.
What’s better than hearing a collection of your favorite songs? This year we invite YOU to create our final program of the season: a “mix tape” of audience favorites selected by popular vote. No electoral college for this election! Will it be Ola Gjeilo or Hildegard von Bingen? Rachmaninoff or Bach? Submit your nominations of what you would like us to perform and then vote for the top contenders. You can nominate your favorites pieces from our library of Grammy Award-winning recordings, new choral compositions or the classical giants. Experience the best of the best as we perform the winners at our triumphant season finale! SUBMIT YOUR FAVORITE SONGS TODAY! >