Concerts

2021-2022

Phoenix Chamber Choir’s 39th 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.

Passions | October 23, 2021 | 7:30pm PST

The opening concert of our 2021-2022 season will feature repertoire performed with the intention to evoke a passionate emotional response in both the performer and listener. The world premiere of a commissioned work by Canadian composer Alex Eddington will highlight the collaborative nature of Phoenix.

Tickets for the concert will be available September 1, 2021
This concert will be our first in-person event since February 2020! But we will also have a digital option available – stay tuned for more details!

Lux | December 11 & 12, 2021 | 7:30pm & 3:00pm PST

Our second concert will bring light into your holiday season. Performing music from around the world, this concert will also feature the world premiere of a commissioned work by Canadian composer Laura Hawley.

Tickets for the concert will be available September 1, 2021
There will be two performances for this concert, one in Vancouver on Dec 11th and one in the Fraser Valley on Dec 12th; we will also have a digital option available – stay tuned for more details!

Evolve | May 7, 2022 | 7:30pm PST

Our final concert of the season will bring the audience on a walk through history. From the music of Hildegard von Bingen to the world premiered of a commissioned work by Haitian/American composer Sydney Guillaume, Canadian composer Katerina Gimon and the winner of our first Student Composition Competition, Timothy Cunningham, the repertoire will demonstrate how music has both evolved throughout history and how composers have paved the way to challenge the performers, the listener and society.

This will be more than just a concert – this event will combine the best parts of a lecture recital (incredible music with deep insight into how and why it was created) with the entertainment and excitement of a fundraising gala. We hope you are moved by our call to change the world through music, and that you are inspired to help us make it a reality.

Tickets for the event will be available September 1, 2021
We will also have a digital option available – stay tuned for more details!

Voyager | July 1 – 7, 2022

Our Phoenix Family will end this incredible season by embarking on a tour to Ottawa and Montreal where we will share the music of our Evolve concert, along with other standout pieces from this Season of Premieres.

Tickets for tour events will be available January 15, 2022
We will also have a digital option available so that you can follow our journey – stay tuned for more details!

Past Concerts

Past Seasons

Gathering Together | October 24, 2020

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.

Rejoice & Sing | December 20 – 27, 2020

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.

Rejoice & Sing Concert Program

Earth Songs | April 22 – 29, 2021

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

Our 2020/2021 was unique, but we were excited to close our season with “Earth Songs” featuring works by Canadian composer Stephen Chatman and original arrangements by Phoenix Family members. 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 also premiered readings of young Canadian poets as well as featured visual art from children and youth, and Vancouver-based artist Corrinne Wolcoski, who donated a custom painting for the event which was auctioned off in order to raise funds for the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Thank you to everyone who celebrated Earth Day 2021 with us!

Earth Song Concert Program

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.

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.