Celebrate the 2017 Yuletide Season by joining the Valley Chamber Chorale conducted by Christopher Samuel for a presentation of A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols during St. Mary’s Basilica Solemn Vesper Service. The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols reflects on the story of Christmas through the singing of carols and a short lesson for each carol. Join us for this annual event with the Franciscan Friars followed by a reception. All are welcome! Please invite your family and friends.
Christopher Samuel, is a native of Virginia, attended James Madison University, the Royal School of Church Music, and Westminster Choir College, from which he received Bachelor of Church Music and Master of Music in Choral Conducting degrees. While at Westminster, he was the associate conductor of the Westminster Oratorio Choir, and served on the faculty of Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. In 1998, he received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University.
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.
Free parking is available for parishioners and visitors attending Mass and sponsored events at St. Mary’s Basilica. Our parking garage is located on 5th Street between Van Buren Street and Monroe Street.