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Jul
9
Thu
AzAZCDA Summer Conference and Concert: Requiem, Op. 9 by Maurice Durufle @ Camelback Bible Church
Jul 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

This year, the conference will present Duruflé’s sublime and spiritual Requiem for its Thursday night concert. This popular work features choir, mezzo-soprano, baritone soloists, and orchestra, and will be performed by Corona Del Sol High School A Cappella Choir and St. Thomas the Apostle Choir, both under the direction of Mr. Greg Hebert. The 40-minute, meditative masterpiece will be presented at the end of the day (5:15 p.m.) Thursday, July 9 before the dinner break, following the presentation of this year’s AzACDA Choral Director of the Year Award, allowing all conference attendees to hear it before leaving for the day.

The performance is free and open to the public so please invite friends, colleagues, and choir members. The concert will take place in the sanctuary of Camelback Bible Church located at 3900 E. Stanford Drive in Paradise Valley.

Nov
22
Sun
Sacred Music Concert @ Chapel of our Lady Xavier College Preparatory
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Origins – Tracing the Ancient Liturgical Rite

Solis Camerata (Choir of the Sun)

Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen, Artistic Director

Presented by Catholic Phoenix

Catholic Phoenix is proud to present its fourth annual Sacred Music Concert, Origins—Tracing the Ancient Liturgical Rite, featuring Solis Camerata. Repertoire for this concert exhibits the oldest forms of liturgical chant from the early Church and its continued development over the centuries.


Christian liturgy has its roots in ancient cultures, customs, and worship dating back to the first centuries after Christ, but evidence of ancient music is obscure. Although historians uncovered manuscript fragments believed to represent early musical notation, scholars debate possible transcriptions and authenticity.


The regular use of liturgical chant in Christian worship, however, preserved it as a unique oral tradition. As Christianity spread, each liturgical tradition incorporated aspects of the local culture and diverse language of worshipers, creating an enduring multi-cultural liturgical treasure.


For Origins, Solis Camerata will perform polyphonic and melodic developments as imagined by composers from antiquity to the twenty-first century, including commissioned works by local composer, Tom Peterson, and Solis Camerata’s artistic director, Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen. Repertoire presented at Origins reflects the diversity of the early church as well as common threads across religious cultures throughout history. Examples come from the Byzantine rite, Chaldean rite, Russian Orthodox tradition, Georgian liturgy, ancient Greek extant, the Hebrew heritage, and the Western tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.
Dec
21
Mon
Advent Hour of Story and Song With Michael John Poirier @ Mt. Claret Retreat Center
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Advent Hour of Story and Song With Michael John Poirier @ Mt. Claret Retreat Center | Phoenix | Arizona | United States

Catholic composer and troubadour-style singer Michael John Poirier known for his national road tours is delivering a free concert Monday night at Mt. Claret Retreat Center on Camelback & 54th St. in Phoenix.

Jan
30
Sat
John Paul II Resource Center For Theology of the Body & Culture 10th Anniversary Celebration @ Xavier College Preparatory - Performing Arts Center
Jan 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Nov
20
Sun
Fifth Annual Sacred Music Concert: Sounds of the Cathedrals @ Chapel of our Lady Xavier College Preparatory
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fifth Annual Sacred Music Concert: Sounds of the Cathedrals @ Chapel of our Lady Xavier College Preparatory | Phoenix | Arizona | United States

Sounds of the Cathedrals

Solis Camerata (Choir of the Sun)

Dr. Kira Zeeman Rugen, Artistic Director

Presented by Catholic Phoenix

Join Catholic Phoenix as it presents its Fifth Annual Sacred Music concert, featuring Solis Camerata.

Take a musical tour around the great European cathedrals, whose structures stood central to the creative genius of renowned medieval and Renaissance composers.

Begin with a perilous journey by ship to England, where William Byrd labored at the Chapel Royal and Canterbury Cathedral for Queen Elizabeth, yet secretly composed music aligning with his deep convictions as a Roman Catholic.

Voyage across the channel to Notre Dame Cathedral, where medieval composers planted the seeds for polyphonic chant and the development of modern musical notation. Additionally, encounter Notre Dame’s Mauchaut, who composed the first polyphonic mass conceived as a single work.

Travel on a Venetian gondola to St. Marks Cathedral to hear music by Gabrieli, whose works were the first to exhibit dynamic marks and divided choirs. Then journey southward to Rome for Allegri’s haunting Miserere Dei, whose composition became so favored at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel that it could only be performed at certain services, with transcription of the score punishable by death. Then discover how Palestrina’s work at the Sistine Chapel saved polyphony from extinction by proving to the Council of Trent that the words of the mass could be understood clearly when sung.

Join us for these compositions, destinations, and more, as you experience a remarkable aural journey through the Sounds of the Cathedrals.

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