Monday, April 25, 2016

This Sunday: ChorFest with the Trinity Cathedral Choir

Please join us this Sunday, May 1, as we present a concert in collaboration with the choir of Trinity Cathedral. In addition to classics by Byrd, Fauré, and Howells, we will sing Josef Gabriel Rheinberger's Mass in E-flat ('Cantus Missae') for double choir. This is one of Rheinberger's most beloved works, and a truly stunning way to cap off our choir season.

Where: Trinity Cathedral, 1st Ave. and Roosevelt
When: May 1, 4 p.m.
Admission to the concert is free ... don't miss it!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! What a joyful season!
After a long week, we were happy to present Rheinberger's OsterHymnus (Easter Hymn) for all the Easter guests.
My personal thanks to all of our faithful choir members who made this Holy Week so special. It is such a joy to spend time with this crew... and good thing, too, because we sang five consecutive services Thursday through Sunday!

As we look ahead, we see our joint concert with the choir of Trinity Cathedral coming up on Sunday, May 1. More details to come soon...

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Family Concert: Tetra and the "Musical Melting Pot"

For the second installment in our Paradise Valley Concert Series, we are elated to host the Tetra String Quartet and their program geared towards children and families: The Musical Melting Pot.

This concert will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13. Admission is free, and donations upport ICM Food and Clothing Bank. Christ Church of the Ascension is located at 4015 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley.

The concert comes right after our Second Saturday Family Service (5:00 p.m. in Ascension Chapel), so families can make a night of it if they wish and go directly from the family service to the concert hall.

The Musical Melting Pot is an interactive program that shows how one bit of music (a melody, perhaps) is transformed in different musical traditions around the world. Tetra is a popular group that regularly gives concerts around town; their shows are often education-oriented, and always engaging and energetic.

The Tetra String Quartet’s mission is to connect people with chamber music, using relevance and versatility to captivate audiences. They have toured the country and the world as clinicians and performers. Tetra has appeared in schools, bars, museums and concert halls throughout Arizona performing standard classical repertoire, new music, rock, pop, jazz and fiddling. Their concerts also feature collaborations with artists, dancers, animators and composers. They are on faculty at Arizona State University and Artists in Residence at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Join us for "Uplifting!" a concert with the parish choir and pianist Lynne Haeseler

We hope you'll join us on Thursday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. for our parish choir concert: "Uplifting! Music for the Spirit".

There is much to be thankful for in this season that can sometimes be associated with a post-Christmas lull. Come celebrate with us in this concert -- featuring music by Rachmaninoff, Vaughan Williams, and Mendelssohn -- that draws on themes of the Presentation (a nearby feast day), exalting the humble, and the deep inner peace that comes from trusting in God.

In addition to our parish choir, you'll hear our organist Ann Hollmann, a couple hymns to sing along with if you are so inclined, and pianist Lynne Haeseler, renowned across the Valley for her creative programs at churches and art galleries.

Admission is free; donations (food, clothing, or financial) benefit ICM Food and Clothing Bank.
Christ Church of the Ascension is located at 4015 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley.

Pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler is a collaborative and versatile artist who has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, accompanist and dance pianist. Influenced by dance theater, she integrates movement, lighting, visual effects and spoken word into her unique piano performances. Her multidisciplinary events include performances coordinated with sunset, a salon series at Marshall Fine Art gallery, collaborative educational programs, such as Beethoven, Buildings and BMW motorcycles,  wine and music tastings and even a 7-course dinner paired with music. For information and contact:

Friday, January 8, 2016

The Inaugural Paradise Valley Music Series

Christ Church of the Ascension is pleased to announce our inaugural Paradise Valley Music Series. Free admission for all three concerts... please join us! Details are below and at

February 4, 7:30 p.m. 
"Uplifting! Music for the Spirit" with the CCA Parish Choir and pianist Lynne Haeseler
This joyous concert celebrates all things uplifting and features local pianist Lynne Haeseler, known for her eclectic yet inviting programs that she curates at churches and art galleries around the Valley.
Free admission. A freewill offering will be taken supporting ICM Food and Clothing Bank.

February 13, 6:00 p.m.
Children's Concert: "Musical Melting Pot" with Tetra String Quartet
The Tetra String Quartet leads families on an interactive musical journey through different cultures and traditions, showing how one bit of music can be transformed around the world.
Free admission. A freewill offering will be taken supporting ICM Food and Clothing Bank.

February 20, 7:30 p.m.
"Origins" with Solis Camerata
This professional chamber choir presents a moving program of pre-Renaissance chants and the wide variety of music based on those chants. Join us in 'sending off' this local ensemble as they embark on a tour to represent Arizona at a national choir conference in California.
Free admission. A freewill offering will be taken supporting Solis Camerata. (Suggested donation: $20)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Christmas Eve at CCA

What a busy season!

Between singing a beautiful Lessons and Carols service on December 4, welcoming our new rector, Fr. Daniel Richards, and gearing up for the big Christmas Eve services, it has been a busy time indeed!

While our featured music on Christmas Eve will be excerpts from Rheinberger's Star of Bethlehem (and, by the way, Rheinberger's aria "Mary", sung by our own Cara Loveless-Faulkner, is a new all-time favorite of mine), I wanted to give our readers a peek into the variety of music that our choir sings.

There are the usual suspects, of course, as there should be: "O Come All Ye Faithful", "Joy to the World", and "Silent Night". Our choir particularly loves to sing David Willcocks' arrangement of "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly". Rheinberger's music is not as well-known as it should be, and I hope you'll find both "Mary" and "Shepherds at the Manger" to be music that in its combination of celebration and mystery is worthy of the holy night.

But this year's carol sing includes a work that is quite different than our typical repertoire: Sherburne by Daniel Read, an early American hymn that is still sometimes sung by those who carry on the tradition of shape-note singing. If you listen to a recording (try this one), you'll find that it doesn't conform to many of the European conventions that so permeate our musical tradition, and in our service adds a distinct flavor -- a new spice to freshen a beloved family recipe.

A reminder that the Family Service (with pageant) begins with a carol sing at 4:30 and the Festival Eucharist (with sermon and incense) begins with a carol sing at 7:30. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, November 5, 2015

We love new friends...

We are blessed to have four new members join us this season. They know this already, but here is scientific proof -- if you needed it -- that singing in a choir is a great way to make new friends :)

 Psychologists may have discovered the best way to make new friends