Concerts

2020-2021

Phoenix Chamber Choir’s 38th Season

We joyfully invite you on this journey with us this year. Under the leadership of our  Artistic Director, Dr. Nicholle Andrews, and Assistant Conductor, David Rosborough, we are eager to dive into this new chapter.

Earth Songs | April 22, 2021 | 7:30pm PST

The final concert, Earth Songs, is our much anticipated Earth Day celebration, rescheduled from our 2019/2020 season. 

Our 2020/2021 has been unique, but we are excited to close our season with “Earth Songs” featuring works by Canadian composer Stephen Chatman, Estonian composer Tony Korvits, Swedish composer Andres Edenroth and many more. With special guests including Christopher Gabbitas, formerly of The King’s Singers and currently the Artistic Director of Phoenix Chorale, as well as Josh Ramsay of the Canadian Pop/Rock band Marianas Trench. The concert will also premiere readings of young Canadian poets as well as feature visual art from children and youth, and Vancouver-based artist Corrinne Wolcoski. Come and celebrate Earth Day 2021 with us!

Tickets for the concert are $10 and available now! 

This concert will be released as a private YouTube link that will be available from Thursday, April 22nd at 7:30pm to Thursday, April 29th at 9pm. 

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Past Concerts

Gathering Together | October 24, 2020 | 7:30 pm PST

Our first concert was a Gathering Together of music from around the world, sung by singers from around the city. Audience members gathered with us from around the world to experience the Phoenix Family in a new and exciting way.

This concert featured solo performances, works sung by small groups called “Phoenix Ventures,” and music by our entire “Phoenix Odyssey” (the entire ensemble). We were elated to share diverse, emotional repertoire to reflect this new chapter of choral singing. ⁠

**This event has now concluded

Rejoice & Sing | December 20, 2020 | 7:30pm PST

The second concert, Rejoice & Sing, continued the Phoenix Christmas concert tradition in virtual format. Guests joined us online for familiar holiday favourites, heart-warming readings, and a virtual version of our annual audience sing-a-long with singers from our community joining Phoenix in a performance of Silent Night in honour of the late Miles Ramsay.

This virtual concert was available on demand from Sunday, December 20th to Sunday, December 27th, so that you could share in the music and magic of the season anytime over the Christmas holiday. 

This concert is now completed. We hope you enjoyed the show!

Download the Concert Program here

VOCES8 | Cancelled

While the promise of a vaccine brings hope for the future of live performance, we feel that it is our responsibility to continue to help flatten the coronavirus curve and keep you safe. In order to do this, we have decided to cancel the upcoming VOCES8 concert on March 9th, 2021, at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts.

We are looking hopefully to the future, once the pandemic passes, and plans are in the works to reschedule this event in 2022 (so stay tuned!).

Past Seasons

OCTOBER 20, 2018 | Reincarnations

Phoenix Chamber Choir embarks on its 2018-19 season, with the aptly titled program – Reincarnations.  Guest director Erick Lichte from Portland OR, best known for his work with Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, will conduct Phoenix in a program of cutting edge music focused on the renewals of the seasons and of our souls. Don’t miss this one night event as works by Tormis, Whitacre, Barber and Pulitzer-prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw are brought to life through the luminous singing of Vancouver’s award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir

DECEMBER 16, 2018 | A Phoenix Christmas

Welcome to our traditional Phoenix Christmas concert and audience reception with guest conductor Dr. John William Trotter from Wheaton College Conservatory of Music (Chicago, IL). As the day fades, get away from the seasonal rush and bustle and enjoy the warm, distinctive ambiance that has made our Christmas concert such a favourite with audiences over the decades. Familiar arrangements mingled with wonderful new musical offerings, heart-warming readings, a sing-along, delicious home baking and hot apple cider await you!

MARCH 10, 2019 | Alive!

Join the Phoenix Chamber Choir under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Nicholle Andrews from University of Redlands (Redlands CA) together with local conductor Andrew Bortz for an evening of choral music by living composers – continuing the great Phoenix tradition of bringing new music to Vancouver. The concert will take you on a journey around the world with music by Runestad, Wachner, Uusberg, LaBarr, MacDonald and many more, and will feature a new commissioned piece by conductor Andrew Bortz!

MAY 11, 2019 | The Looking Glass

In the final concert of the season, guest conductor Kathleen Allan explores reflections on identity, technology, and self-perception in the digital age.  Music by Jeff Enns, Arvo Pärt, Hugo Wolf, Holst, Britten, Schumann and Lassus centres around the musical fairytale by Canadian composer Jason Noble: “Furiouser and Spuriouser” or “Unforeseen Consequences of the Democratization of Knowledge.” Andrew Staniland’s “On the Surface of Water” closes the program and features an iPhone instrument to be played by the audience.

Elements | October 26, 2019 

The first concert, Elements, will take listeners on a journey through air, water, and earth and will feature music by Marie Claire Saindon (Canada), Ēriks Ešenvalds (Latvia), Eric Whitacre (USA) and Alberto Grau (Venezuela)

Download the program here!

Phoenix Christmas | December 14 & 15, 2019

The second concert(s) will be a longtime Phoenix favourite: A Phoenix Christmas. This special blend of sacred and secular tunes always marks the holiday season for our singers and fans. We will need your help singing some familiar carols at this delightful annual tradition.

Please plan to join us after the Sunday matinee for our annual Audience Reception.

Download the Program here!

Earth Songs | April 22, 2020

Unfortunately, due to the threat of COVID-19, the Phoenix Board of Directors has decided to cancel Earth Songs 2020 and the rest of this season. 

This concert will be moved to April 2021 as part of our next season.