The Phoenix Boys Choir marks the culmination of its 75th anniversary year with concerts in Mesa and Phoenix.
“PBC Playlist: 75 Years of Song” will take place at 7 p.m. Friday May 12 at the Mesa Arts Center, 1. E. Main St., and at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 14 at Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix.
Tickets are $25 to $35 for adults, and $15 for students and are available at boyschoir.org.
“PBC Playlist” will pay homage to the legacies of former artistic directors Dr. Harvey K. Smith and Maestro Georg Stangelberger, as well as showcase the new vision and energy of the Boys Choir under its current artistic director, Herbert Washington, himself a PBC alumnus.
Highlights include classics with a Broadway flare including “Over The Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz,” “Consider Yourself” from “Oliver!,” and favorites as Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” “Carry on Wayward Son” and “(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66.”
The concert will also include the performance of pieces specifically written for the Phoenix Boys Choir through its New Works Rising competition. “PBC Playlist” will feature the world premiere performance of “The Journey” by Michigan’s Jeffrey Cobb, and “The Spirit of Adventure” by Phoenix-based composer Ryan Gunderson. These pieces were selected as first and second prize winners from more than 90 entries.
The Phoenix Boys Choir started in 1947.