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PHOENIX CHORALE
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 I 7:30 pm Friday – WEST VALLEY
American Lutheran Church I 17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City

April 6, 2019 I 7:30 pm Saturday – CENTRAL PHOENIX
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral I 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix

April 7, 2019 I 3:00 pm Sunday – PARADISE VALLEY
Camelback Bible Church I 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley


For Reflections, we welcome guest conductor and Search Finalist Brian A. Schmidt. Grammy-nominated artist Brian A. Schmidt is the founder and Artistic Director of the South Dakota Chorale (SDC), a professional choir in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Brian is also Associate Professor of Choral Music at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. Since founding the South Dakota Chorale in 2009, the SDC has released three commercial recordings through Pentatone and Gothic, performed at the 2015 National ACDA Conference in Salt Lake City, and in February 2018, Brian attended the 2018 Grammy Awards as the SDC’s recording, Tyberg Masses, was nominated for “Best Choral Performance.” Previously, Brian worked at Duke University where he conducted the Duke Vespers Ensemble and developed and conducted a monthly Bach Cantata Series. Read Brian’s full bio >


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