Enjoy the enchantment of the Christmas season with the Phoenix Boys Choir this weekend.
The Tonto Community Concert Association is bringing the award-winning choir to Payson to perform their "Ceremony of Carols" concert on Sunday, Dec. 2.
Under the baton of Artistic Director Georg Stangelberger, the choir will perform carols and holiday music reflecting diverse celebrations and cultures from around the world. Selections include traditional favorites such as "Silent Night," "Home for the Holidays" and Handel's "Hallelujah," along with other less-known pieces.
The concert is at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Doors open at 2 p.m. Tickets are included with the season ticket price of $80, which includes admission to this and the other five remaining concerts. Single concert tickets may also be purchased (subject to availability) at the door for $30.
Since 1948, the Phoenix Boys Choir has provided top quality music education for boys ages 7-14 and lively entertainment for audiences around the world. The choir has been under the baton of Georg Stangelberger since 1999.
Each season, 40 to 50 singers from the 170-member Phoenix Boys Choir are selected for membership in the organization's elite Tour Choir. Ranging from 10 to 14 years of age, these singers are lauded internationally, as a result of their intensive Arizona-based training program.
Concert tours throughout the world have brought the choir both audience and critical acclaim as one of the globe's outstanding boy choirs.
The Phoenix Boys Choir has performed for four United States presidents and with name entertainers such as Doc Severinsen, Stevie Wonder, Dinah Shore and Keith Lockhart conducting the Boston Pops Orchestra.
In 2001, they were named "Cultural Ambassadors" to the European Union and in December of 2002 were named an Honorary Phoenix Point of Pride by the Skip Rimza, mayor of Phoenix.
In February 2000, the Choir won a Grammy for best choral performance for its recording of Penderecki's Credo. Credo is one of eight compact discs featuring the choir, the most recent being Let Freedom Sing, featuring American folk songs and traditional patriotic music, including the Star-Spangled Banner.
In February 2003, the Tour Choir performed for the American Choral Directors Association Convention in New York City as the only American Boychoir selected for this event. The Choir performed at Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center and Riverside Church.
The Tonto Community Concert Association is a nonprofit organization that brings high quality concerts to Arizona Rim Country at an affordable price. The all-volunteer group also supports other performing arts activities in the region. The concerts feature artists of national and international reputation and are held at the Payson High School Auditorium. For subscriptions or other information, call (928) 474-6115.
The remaining concerts for the 2007-08 season are:
- Harry James Orchestra -- Sunday, Jan. 20, 2008 -- 2:30 p.m.