Sunday, August 27
Many have attempted to describe Phoenix, Arizona’s Fatigo. Of the band: oddball, clever, strange, oddball auteur, absurdist, irrepressible, and, finally, supremely oddball. Of the music: lo-fi, Latin, lounge, pop, folky, jazzy, cumbia, tejano, norteño, mariachi, bossa nova, and not-quite-rock/not-quite-ordinary………… to name a few. From subterranean venues in the Downtown Phoenix Arts district to larger venues throughout the Valley and beyond, Fatigo brings a multicultural concoction to the table. "Their primary sound is a weird little mix that works. Southwestern blues meets folk. Each song has a different main sound or feeling switching up the lyrics with Spanglish.”
— Monica Arevalo, Downtown Phoenix Journal
Sunday, October 29
Arizona Cantilena Chorale was established by its director, Dr. Glenn Bennett in the late summer of 2005 by bringing together the vocal talents of students and friends from past and current performing groups who have an ability to create a homogenous vocal blend.
Arizona Cantilena Chorale’s repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary choral works. They have worked with local symphony orchestras as well as collaborated with other choruses to perform major works such as Handel’s “Messiah” and the “Messa di Gloria” by Puccini. Most recently, the Arizona Cantilena Chorale has performed in the international tour “Video Games Live” at the Mesa Arts Center. Additionally, they have performed with the Symphony of the Southwest in productions of Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” both at the Mesa Arts Center and the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center in Surprise, Arizona.
Sunday, December 24
Celebrate Christmas Sunday at FPC with the FPC Soloists, Vocal Choirs, Bell Choirs, Signing Choir, Piano, Organ, Praise Band, and Congregational Carols!
Saturday, January 27
The Valley Chamber Chorale is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enlightening the community and enriching its culture. Through skilled performances of choral programs featuring an eclectic repertoire with emphasis upon unaccompanied works of the Renaissance and selections by Twentieth Century American composers, the chorale offers entertaining and educational concerts at a variety of venues throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area.
The Valley Chamber Chorale has sung by invitation for the Arizona Music Educators Association and the Butterfield Musicale. This SATB group also has performed in Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Trinity Cathedral Center for the Arts, and in other select venues throughout the Valley of the Sun. The twenty-four men and women of the Valley Chamber Chorale come from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Peoria, Sun City, Fountain Hills, and Anthem in order to rehearse and perfect their choral art. In addition to their interesting concert programs, the group -- attired in stunning Elizabethan costumes -- occasionally presents a Renaissance Yuletide Dessert Feast.
Sunday, March 4
Born in Pomerania, Poland, Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler grew up during the era of communism and witnessed the country’s transition to capitalism. Acquiring a passport at the age of 15 allowed her to see the West for the first time (passports had been difficult to obtain for common people before the fall of the communist government). The shock of the experience inspired her to explore the world beyond her home country. She has traveled, mainly as a performer, through most of Europe, and South and North America.
Ilona participated in several international organ competitions: she won first prize in the French music interpretation competition in Warsaw, Poland; was a finalist in Leiden, Holland; semifinalist in Ireland, and in Westfield Competition in New York state. She worked as an assistant professor of organ at the Academy of Music in Łódź, and as a Research Assistant and Faculty Associate at ASU.
For years, Ilona has been traveling and exploring unique historical organs, especially in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Great Britain, Ireland, Poland, Spain and Italy. She currently resides in Phoenix, AZ, where she works as the music director at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, teaches privately, and promotes classical music as the artistic director of the Arts at Nativity concert series. She performs concerts in the US and Europe as a soloist, chamber musician, and in duo Zeelab with Jacob Adler. She is a happy mother of two sons.
The 2017-18 Artist Series features many outstanding artists, including organist Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler and the Valley Chamber Chorale. Concerts are made possible by the generous contributions of our Patrons. Please consider helping to underwrite the concerts by making a tax-deductible donation to our Artist Series.
Artist Series concert fees range from $300 - $2,000. If you would like to contribute financially, checks should be made payable to "First Presbyterian Church," with memo notation "Artist Series" and sent to: Mark Ramsey, First Presbyterian Church, 161 N. Mesa Dr., Mesa, AZ, 85201-6794. Concert Donors will be listed in future concert programs or, if requested, will remain anonymous. For more information on our Artist Series, please contact the Music Office, (480) 964-8606, Ext. 103.
Fermata ($1,000 & Up)
Bob & Joy S.
Barb & Graham W.
Whole Note ($500 - $999)
Half Note ($200 - $499)
Steve & Gail W.
Quarter Note ($100 - $199)
Bob & Ann H.
Lois H. & Bert L.
Dennis & Darlene S.
Jeff & Jen S.
Eighth Note ($50 - $99)
Sixteenth Note ($25 - $49)
Dick & Sharon S.