2017 summer

Past Concert
Passage to the British Isles

May 6 & 7, 2017

Irish Coast

The repertoire is ready for touring and the Chorale can't wait to share it with you!  The music of Irish, English, Welsh, Scottish, and American composers is represented.  The poetry of Robert Burns, the energy of a spiritual, the touching tale of a lass (is she a ghost?), and the celebration of a royal wedding are all part of the mix.

Galway Cathedral

Accompanying the Chorale on the two very fine organs at both concert venues is Dr. Bonnie Loney.  She has traveled with the Chorale on previous European tours and played on some of the most magnificent organs in the world.  Dr. Loney will provide "fireworks" in sound for Alleluya Psallat and "raise the roof" in Mack Wilberg's arrangement of Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing

Scottish Piper

The pipes are calling and we're ready!  Hear pieces by Vaughan Williams, Purcell, Mathias, and Paulus as you join the Chorale for the "launch party" this weekend and send us off to bridge the ocean with song!  Miorbhaileach!! (Excellent!!) 

 

In advance, single tickets are Adults /$18 each, Seniors/ $15 each, Children/$15 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

Day of Concert, single tickets are Adults /$20 each, Seniors/ $18 each, Children/$18 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

May 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa 85210

Saturday evening tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591170

 

May 7, 2017 at 3:00 PM

La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 East Bell Road, Scottsdale 85254

Sunday afternoon tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591172

2017 spring

Past Concert
A Celtic Journey

March 4 & 5, 2017

Arizona Premiere!

Ben Allaway's Heaven and Earth:  

MASS ON THE CELTIC JOURNEY

 

A wonderful premiere is in store for Arizona music lovers as the Sonoran Desert Chorale presents A Celtic Journey - stories of the Celtic peoples of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and their heritage in America.  Just in time for St. Patrick's Day, the concert features nearly 60 voices of the Chorale and the Irish Band Trotters Wake  to tell stories through music and narration. Composer Ben Allaway, an Irish American, tells stories of seven generations of Allaways as well as other families' stories, creating a  transatlantic epic tale of lives and loves lived in the Isles and of loved ones leaving the old country for a new life in America

 

In over 70 commissions, composer Ben Allaway's dramatic and often interactive music challenges artists and audiences alike to examine how they can share of themselves with the world in a positive way, whether on the relational level (social, cultural, spiritual) or even more actively in the work for peace and justice for all in the global community.  

 

Allaway will join the Chorale in performance and sing the tenor solo in Hosanna: Up the Rockies - a portion of the work that portrays the travels of the composer's great-great-grandfather, William Allaway I.

 

The Chorale will be joined by Trotters Wake, the Valley's own Irish Band, that describes itself as "having more fun playing Irish music than should be legal!" as well as additional instrumentalists playing Celtic harp, penny whistle, percussion, and organ.

 

Presenting the narration for this premiere event is Liz Warren, noted Valley storyteller. Liz is director of the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute and a founder of the Arizona Storytellers Project.

 

"Celtic immigrants brought a great spirituality with them and their faith sustained them through many difficulties. Composer Allaway chose to use the text of the Latin Mass, because those passages address every up and down of the human condition, and to weave his stories with it, seeking to honor both in a very special way. It is a unique method of storytelling featuring both the sung and spoken word.  We look forward to performing this rousing musical experience of love and faith." Jeff Harris, Music Director, Sonoran Desert Chorale

 

In advance, single tickets are Adults /$18 each, Seniors/ $15 each, Children/$15 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

Day of Concert, single tickets are Adults /$20 each, Seniors/ $18 each, Children/$18 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

March 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa 85210

Saturday evening tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591163

 

March 5, 2017 at 3:00 PM

La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 East Bell Road, Scottsdale 85254

Sunday afternoon tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591167

Past Concert
Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Hospital TWO Concerts 2016

December 22 & 22, 2016

Join us as we share two holiday concerts for patients and visitors at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, and Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. This will be the eighth consecutive year the Chorale has been invited to perform as part of special programming sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine. We will sing much of the repertoire from our winter concert.

2016 winter

Past Concert
Desert Voices of Christmas

December 10 & 11, 2016

At this most beautiful season of the year, music connects us to feelings of hope and joy and an appreciation of the miraculous. The Chorale translates those feelings into song accompanied by brass, percussion, and two of the mightiest organs in the Valley. You’re invited to share with us in a classically rich and joyous celebration of the season.

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In advance, single tickets are Adults /$18 each, Seniors/ $15 each, Children/$15 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

Day of Concert, single tickets are Adults /$20 each, Seniors/ $18 each, Children/$18 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

December 10, 2016 at 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa 85210

Saturday evening tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591159

 

December 11, 2016 at 3:00 PM

La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 East Bell Road, Scottsdale 85254

Sunday afternoon tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591160

Past Concert
Free, Open to the Public!

October 24, 2016

Monday, October 24, at 7 PM

Mesa Arts Center, Ikeda Theatre, 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201

 

The Sonoran Desert Chorale, co-sponsor of the Mesa Public Schools Choral Festival along with The Mesa Arts Center Foundation, invites you to the Festival's evening concert. The event is free and open to the public. It's a great evening with the top choirs of the Mesa High Schools each performing several numbers, a performance by the Chorale, and then a joint performance of all the MPS choirs, including the 11 junior high choirs, and the Chorale in a combined piece. It is incredible to hear as many as 800 voices raised in song.

 

On that Monday afternoon, the junior high school choirs perform and each meets with a clinician who conducts a brief master class with them. It is a great opportunity for the students to work with an accomplshed choral musician.

 

The Chorale supports the Festival by providing the funding for the clinicians, providing volunteers during the day to assist with getting everyone to their assigned locations on time, and performing in the evening.

 

Come join us for a lovely evening, support these students, and enjoy the beautiful sounds of young people in song!

2016 Fall

Past Concert
O Britannia! A British Invasion

October 8 & 9, 2016

Hear the rafters ring with the beauty and grandeur of works from the great English choral tradition all the way from the sacred music of Gibbons, Holst, and Rutter, to Lennon, McCartney, and Lloyd Webber. Join the Chorale as it opens its twenty-third season with a tribute to all things British. Rule Britannia!

 

In advance, single tickets are Adults /$18 each, Seniors/ $15 each, Children/$15 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

Day of Concert, single tickets are Adults /$20 each, Seniors/ $18 each, Children/$18 each.

Groups of 10 or more/$15 each.

 

October 8, 2016 at 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa 85210

Saturday evening tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2590661

 

October 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM

La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 East Bell Road, Scottsdale 85254

Sunday afternoon tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2591155

2016 summer

Past Concert
Between Oceans: Songs of the Americas

April 30 & May 1, 2016

April 30, 2016 at 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa 85210

May 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 East Bell Road, Scottsdale 85254

 

The fourth concert of the Chorale's season, Classic Elements, is inspired by water and offers an exploration of the lands between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans - the Americas.  From Argentina to Canada, songs of love, faith, humor, home and country provide a rich flavor of the lands and peoples.

 

South and Central America are well represented by a diverse collection of styles.  Lively rhythms characterize pieces from northwestern Argentina and Cuba.  Morten Lauridsen's setting of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda's Sonnet of the Night is filled with close harmonies and sweet, sonorous lines.  Beloved folk tunes from Brazil and Mexico retell clever stories.

 

Visiting the "neighbor to the North" includes stops in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia.  Feel the pulse of the Royal Hudson locomotive, be carried on the Four Strong Winds, and thrill to the story of the Mary Ellen Carter.  Canada's wide open spaces and beautiful coastlines are celebrated in song.

 

Closer to home, the songs of Randol Alan Bass' Southwestern Suite capture the old West of the Red River Valley and Skip to My Lou.  Unexpected rhythms and text characterize a selection of spirituals including Unclouded Day and Way Over in Beulah Lan' - many voices raised in glorious harmonies.

 

Through the repertoire of this concert, the Chorale shares in the depth of commonalities and the very humanness that unites, rather than divides, us as people at home Between the Oceans.

 

Tickets are $18 for adults/$15 for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more.

 

Saturday evening tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2030851

 

Sunday afternoon tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2030852

2016 spring

Past Concert
Of Heaven and Earth

March 5 & 6, 2016

Join the Chorale for music that awakens the human spirit.  The "wonders of Heaven and Earth" will be reflected in a Mass for the Ages, a unique compilation of the elements of the Mass as written by classic to contemporary composers.  And, the Chorale will join forces with chamber orchestra, organ, and percussion to perform Dan Forrest's stunning narrative on pain and suffering tempered with the promise of joy and hope, a Requiem for the Living.

 

This concert also includes two pieces by Eriks Esenvalds - more stunning examples of this Latvian composer's choral skills.  His exquisite setting of Sara Teasdale's Only in Sleep will leave no listener unaffected.  

Only in sleep I see their faces, children I played with when I was a child...

Only in sleep Time is forgotten:

What may have come to them, who can know?

 

The Chorale's distinctive Mass for the Ages, compiled by Founding Director Jeff Harris, represents the Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, Romantic, and Renaissance eras.  It offers an interesting combination of styles and colors of sound.  Audiences will hear the five major sections of the Mass, called the Ordinary, from a variety of larger works such as Ignacio de Jerusalem's Polychoral Mass in D, Franz Schubert's Mass in B flat, and Josef Rheinberger's Cantus Missae.  The juxtaposition of these pieces results in a whole that is both intriguing and satisfying.

 

Dan Forrest's Requiem for the Living is a powerful five-movement work that projects a wide range of meaningful expression, from a biting essay on the vanity and pain of mankind to a plea for mercy, and finally a celebration of eternal light.  Filled with grandeur and timeless beauty, it has been called "superb choral writing" and a "nourishing musical feast."  Don't miss the opportunity to hear the work predicted to "assume a place among the staples of grand choral literature."

 

Tickets are $18 for adults/$15 for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more.

 

March 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM

First United Methodist Church, 15 E. First Avenue, Mesa 85210

Saturday evening tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2030835

 

March 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM

La Casa de Cristo Lutheran Church, 6300 East Bell Road, Scottsdale 85254

Sunday afternoon tickets may be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets by following this link:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2030836

Past Concert
Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Hospital TWO Concerts 2015

December 21 & 21, 2015

Join us as we share two holiday concerts for patients and visitors at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, and Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. This will be the seventh consecutive year the Chorale has been invited to perform as part of special programming sponsored by the Mayo Clinic Center for Humanities in Medicine. We will sing much of the repertoire from our winter concert of one week earlier.

Past Concert
Free, Open to the Public!

October 26, 2015

On Monday, October 26, the Sonoran Desert Chorale, co-sponsor of the Mesa Public Schools Choral Festival along with The Mesa Arts Center Foundation, invites you to the Festival's evening concert in the Ikeda Theatre at 7 PM. The event is free and open to the public. It's a great evening with the top choirs of the Mesa High Schools each performing several numbers, a performance by the Chorale, and then a joint performance of all the MPS choirs, including the 11 junior high choirs, and the Chorale in a combined piece. It is incredible to hear as many as 800 voices raised in song.

 

On that Monday afternoon, the junior high school choirs perform and each meets with a clinician who conducts a brief master class with them. It is a great opportunity for the students to work with an accomplshed choral musician.

 

The Chorale supports the Festival by providing the funding for the clinicians, providing volunteers during the day to assist with getting everyone to their assigned locations on time, and performing in the evening.

 

Come join us for a lovely evening, support these students, and enjoy the beautiful sounds of young people in song!

Sonoran Desert Chorale Concert Schedule Mesa, Paradise Valley AZ