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2023-2024 Calendar 

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2023-2024 Schedule Overview

Rehearsals are held at the NAU Performing & Fine Arts Building in the Dawn and Stan Sutherland Choral Music Rehearsal Room 145

  • Fall Tuesday evenings rehearsals (7:15-9:30 pm): August 29-December 9, 2023 NAU Performing & Fine Arts BuildingDawn and Stan Sutherland Choral Music Rehearsal Room 145

  • Spring Retreat Required for Spring Participation: Sat, Jan 6 (9:30am-3:00 pm)

  • Spring Tuesday evenings rehearsals (7:15-9:30 pm): January 9-April 12, 2024


Big Sing: Sat, Sept 16, 2023, 1pm

Some 2022 music reprised, + 1 Rosh Hashanah (New Year), with FUSD Schools, NAU, Circle Singing


Concert 1: Let Me Listen – A Musical Journey Across Borders

A collaboration with Coconino Center for the Arts: El sueño Americano | The American Dream

Concert: Sat, Oct 21, 3:00 pm (8 rehearsals)
Preview performance: Fri, Oct 20 6:00-9:00 pm rehearsal. 7 pm public presen
Coconino Center for the Arts
Master Chorale of Flagstaff partners with Coconino Center for the Arts in presenting dynamic and moving music by U.S. and Mexican composers, reflecting on human journeys, inviting an open spirit to others’ stories, celebrating vibrant beauty, and relishing in heartfelt songs from across borders. Music includes new settings of folk poetry by composers in the U.S. and newly composed and folkloric Mexican compositions. Presented with acoustic and classical guitar, piano, percussion, and violin.

Art Exhibition: El Sueño Americano / The American Dream is a photographic documentation of the personal belongings carried by migrants and those seeking asylum that were seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at a processing facility near the artist’s home in Ajo, Arizona, about 40 miles from the U.S./Mexico border. U.S. border agents deemed these belongings as non-essential or potentially lethal. Kiefer asks the viewer to consider these photographs as untold and unknown stories, markers of human journeys cut short, creating a personal connection for the viewer that extends compassion and empathy to those who make the dangerous journey across the desert to seek a better life.

Concert 2: Carols in the Mountains

Sat, Dec 9, 3 pm (7 rehearsals), Coconino High School Featuring Kevin Memley’s Magnificat (17’, 5 brass, 2 perc) Dress Rehearsal, Fri, Dec 8, 6:00-9:00 pm

Brass Quintet, 2 percussionists, piano

With Coconino High School & Flagstaff High School, elementary schools TBD

Magnificat by Kevin Memley Video of full work

Concert 3: Go for Baroque – Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus

Sat, March 2, 7:30 pm (7-8 rehearsals + retreat) Call: 6 PM, Dress Rehearsal: Sat, March 2, 10am-1pm Additional Choir Rehearsals with Orchestra

• Feb 28 or 29/Wed or Thurs, 7:00-9:30 pm and Mar 1, 7:00-9:30 pm

MCF performs the 1747 version of Judas Maccabaeus, which depicts the story of Israelites achieving freedom from the oppressive rule of the Seleucid Empire. Handel’s musical portrays the dramatic journey from mourning to jubilation in a celebration of liberty and peace. We are pursuing connections with Chabad of Flagstaff to deepen our understand and experience of this work from Jewish perspectives, including its history during 1930s Germany. We will perform with a 24-person chamber orchestra, four professional soloists, and possible youth chorus in Part III.

Possible: I © Pluto (Feb 16-18, Orpheum, or w/ lecture in NAU auditorium, but not 2/17 evening: FSO)


Concert 4: Jocelyn Hagen’s The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci (2019) Fri, April 12, 2024 (only 5-6 choral rehearsals + retreat)
Performing w/ Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra & NAU Shrine of the Ages Choir Masterwork by Jocelyn Hagen, b. 1980 (possible Flagstaff residency 4/7-4/8) Featuring writings of Leonardo da Vinci, with synced video projection.

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