Concerts

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Reawakening | 2019-2020

Phoenix Chamber Choir’s 37th Season

A reawakening is a new beginning; a rising from something old to make way for something new, much like our namesake, the Phoenix. We joyfully invite you on this journey with us this year. With the additions of our new Artistic Director, Dr. Nicholle Andrews, and Assistant Conductor, Ian Bannerman, we are eager to dive into this new chapter.

Elements — Horizontal

Elements | October 26, 2019 

Shaughnessy Heights United Church

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!

A Phoenix Christmas

Phoenix Christmas | December 14 & 15, 2019

December 14: Shaughnessy Heights United Church

December 15: West Vancouver United Church

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.

Earth Songs

Earth Songs | April 22, 2020

VanDusen Botanical Garden

The 2019/2020 Phoenix Chamber Choir season will conclude with Earth Songs. This concert, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, will take place at the stunning VanDusen Botanical Garden. Travel with the choir as they perform works from around the world featuring composers Sarah Hopkins (Australia), Andrew Balfour (Canada), Tõnu Kõrvits (Estonia) and Fidel G. Calalang Jr. (Philippines). This concert will also feature a world premier, commissioned by Phoenix Chamber Choir, by Canadian composer Katerina Gimon.

New Album Coming Summer 2020

Stay tuned for news about Phoenix’s new album releasing in late summer 2020.

Past Seasons

2018-2019 Concerts

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.