The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus' Songs Of The Phoenix was recorded live at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center’s Louise M Davies Symphony Hall on April 10th, 2022.
Songs Of The Phoenix, the new song cycle curated by Andrew Lippa and performed by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus, features music by composers and lyricists Ty Defoe, Alexandra Elle, Siedah Garrett, Joriah Kwame, Daniel Lazour, Patrick Lazour, Melissa LI, Andrew Lippa, Ingrid Michaelson, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim, Diana Syrse, and Kit Yan.
The orchestra is conducted by Dr. Timothy Seelig, and features Nicolas Perez on piano, Aaron Shaul on bass, Matthew Wrobel on bass, Juan Carreon on drums, Fred Morgan on percussion, Peter Seibert on keyboard, Yuri Kye on violin, Andrés Vera on cello, Tom Regouski on reeded instruments. Dave Volpe created the TTBB arrangements and William Southerland created SATB vocal arrangements.
Songs Of The Phoenix was commissioned by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus and co-comissioned by Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus, Austin Gay Men’s Chorus, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida, Heartland Men’s Chorus, New York City Gay Men’s Chorus, North Coast Men’s Chorus, One Voice Chorus of Charlotte, NC, Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus, Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, and the Windy City Gay Men’s Chorus & Treble Quire.
In the early days of the pandemic, Tim Seelig and Andrew Lippa began conversations about completing a trilogy of works created by Andrew for the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. The first two were I Am Harvey Milk (2013) and Unbreakable (2018). Both had words and music by Andrew. This time, Andrew offered to curate a work that might address the myriad challenges facing our nation during the pandemic. Andrew envisioned a large work created by as diverse a group of librettists and composers as possible. Two years, later, Songs Of The Phoenix was birthed with the world premiere on April 10, 2022 at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
Songs Of The Phoenix features narration written by Josh Wilder and Carson Grace Becker and performed by Rodney Earl Jackson, Jr and Cheri Miller. Orchestrations by Peter Seibert and vocal arrangements by Dave Volpe and curation by Andrew Lippa. The album is produced by Leslie Ann Jones. The album is also produced by Dr. Timothy Seelig and Andrew Lippa with engineering by Dann Thompson and Leslie Ann Jones. Denise Woodward and Nick Abreu as recording engineers with edits by Leslie Ann Jones, Robert Gatley and Dann Thompson. The recording has been mixed by Leslie Ann Jones at Skywalker Sound, a Lucasfilm Ltd. Company with assistant mixing by Dann Thompson. Mastered by Michael Romanowski of Coast Mastering.