Paradise Valley church choir, Phoenix Chorale to perform together

Camelback Church Choir (Submitted photo)

Camelback Church Choir (Submitted photo)

Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale soloists will join choristers from the Camelback Bible Church Santuary Choir in presenting Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme on Sunday, Nov. 15.

The free concert is to begin at 3 p.m. at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Standford Drive in Paradise Valley.

This unique concert offers an opportunity to hear a spectacular performance by nationally-recognized musicians in a heavenly space, according to a press release.

The concert is to feature past and present soloists from the Grammy award-winning Phoenix Chorale, including Nina Cole, Holly Sheppart, Erik Gustafson and David Topping.

Accompanying the choir will be the Camelback Orchestra, which includes a number of professional instrumentalists who play with the Phoenix Symphony, and several music performance faculty from Arizona State University.

Dr. Guy Whatley, an internationally recognized expert on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, will serve as the harpsichordist and organist, the release stated.

Vivaldi’s powerful, yet dramatic Gloria, divides the Mass text into eleven movements, each with a drastically different character and emotion.
Though originally composed for treble choir, Gloria was transcribed for mixed chorus after its discovery only less than 100 years ago and has remained a staple in choral repertoire, the release stated.

Conducting the concert will be Dr. Luke Lusted, Pastor of Worship and Music at Camelback. Dr. Lusted holds a doctorate from the University of Arizona and is a nationally-recognized conductor and chorister, currently singing with internationally acclaimed ensembles such as the Phoenix Chorale and True Concord Voices and Orchestra.

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