Choirtap [k-wire-tap] - noun, verb, -tapped, -tapping, adjective.
1. a blog on, about, for and/or by the Phoenix Chorale. the act or instance of writing a blog about or pertaining to the Phoenix Chorale
Choirtap [k-wire-tap] - noun, verb, -tapped, -tapping, adjective.
April 26-27, 2014
Charles Bruffy’s two GRAMMY Award–winning choirs join forces for the first time in Arizona since 2008 to sing the pinnacle of Russian sacred music, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil. When the Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale sing side by side, they create a truly sublime sound — this is one musical experience that is not to be missed!
The Phoenix Chorale has been given the opportunity to bring a unique contemporary art experience to life. This Friday, February 7, the Phoenix Chorale will perform at the opening of an exciting exhibition at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) entitled The Five Senses.
The intent of this exhibition is to impact all five senses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch) through five powerful works of art by renowned artists from around the world: Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, and Ernesto Neto.
The Chorale’s performance is inspired by Janet Cardiff’s art installation, The Forty Part Motet. The installation has been getting a lot of attention lately, with an article in The New York Times and in Chorus America’s publication, Voices. Cardiff is a Canadian sound artist, and this piece demonstrates a unique musical experience, creating eight quintets from forty speakers at eye-level. Each individual voice of each quintet plays through its own individual speaker – one of forty speakers placed in a circle. The listener experiences choral music in an unfamiliar way; rather than facing the sound, like a typical performance, the music is around them and the listener is free to move about.
The installation features the voices of Salisbury Cathedral Choir singing the piece “Spem in alium” created by Thomas Tallis, the 16th-century English composer who is considered one of England’s greatest composers of sacred music.
Other pieces in the exhibit include Finch’s 2 Hours, 2 Minutes, 2 Seconds (Wind at Walden Pond, March 12, 2007), a piece consisting of forty-four box fans, and Louw’s Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges), made up of six thousand individual oranges.
Details for the opening and performance can be found on the Facebook event here. This is one contemporary art experience you won’t want to miss!
If you can’t make the performance, the exhibition will be at SMoCA until May 4th. More information about The Five Senses can be found on the SMoCA website.
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 7380 East Second Street in Scottsdale, AZ.
- Melissa McCann, Marketing & Communications Intern
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us as we journey to the Emerald Isle with song and merriment. We’ll serenade you with traditional Irish aires, wistful love songs, and lilting Celtic tunes — all written and arranged by Irish composer Michael McGlynn.
Michael McGlynn is a composer, singer, educator, and choral director; in 1987 he founded Ireland’s National Choir, Anúna. All Music Guide says Michael McGlynn is “…among the ranks of the most accomplished contemporary choral composers… notable for a sophisticated compositional technique that’s always tied to appealing emotional directness.”
Watch the concert trailer featuring Michael McGlynn:
Friday, March 7
No tickets, no reservations required for our Free Open Rehearsals where everyone has the chance to experience the Phoenix Chorale for free.
Just come as you are, whenever you want and stay as long as you’d like. You’ll get a special behind-the-scenes look at the music in the making as we prepare for our next concert series, “Celtic Chorale” (March 15-16, 2014) in this very casual atmosphere.
We’re welcoming special guest performers from the Irish Cultural Center with live music and the Phoenix Irish Step Dancers. Their program begins at 7pm in Atwood Hall.
Open Rehearsal – Friday, March 7, 2014
6:30 – 9:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
(100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix) map
We’ll host two more open rehearsals this season during the First Friday Artwalk (along Roosevelt Row) inside Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in April. Click here for more details.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix - MAP)
Program notes for “Amazing Grace” are now available. READ PROGRAM NOTES >>
A Ceremony of Carols – Benjamin Britten
Carols by Philip Stopford
Carols by Herbert Howells
O Oriens – Cecilia McDowall *North American premiere
Carols by John Rutter
See you this week!
If ever there was a hidden treasure in plain sight, it is the Phoenix Chorale. You – our valued friends and supporters – have made all of this possible:
Your generous donations have made all the difference. Thank you!
I’ve been blessed to not just watch the Phoenix Chorale reach these heights, but to participate in them as well. As a former singer (for five intense seasons in the bass section) and now Board Chair, my 360-degree view inspires my passion for the Chorale.
Some peak experiences of my life have been singing with the Chorale. I can testify firsthand that creating sounds with this ensemble produces indescribable moments – hearts beat faster, provoking great emotion shared by fellow singers, audience members, and yes, Charles. So I want others to experience even a fraction of what has meant so much to me.
But you need not sing under Charles’ baton (if he ever used one!) to appreciate the Chorale and support all that it does to bring unmatched beauty into our lives.
Will you help keep our success going by considering a generous year-end gift to support the Phoenix Chorale today?
If you have any questions, ideas, or opinions about the Chorale, or if I may elaborate on this heartfelt appeal, please contact me at 623-377-3597 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance.
May you have joyous holidays, filled with health, happiness – and music!
George A. Martinez, Ed.D., Chair
Phoenix Chorale Board of Directors
P.S. To make a contribution today, please complete the enclosed Annual Fund contribution card and return it to one of our volunteers or Box Office staff – or mail your contribution to our office or visit our website listed below. If you have questions, please call us at 602-253-2224 or send an email to email@example.com. All donations are tax deductible. We thank you for your contribution!
PHOENIX CHORALE CDs
Shakespeare in Song was released in 2004 and with it, the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to release an album on the UK’s Chandos Records. Since then, we have released five additional albums on Chandos: three with the Kansas City Chorale and two additional solo recordings - Spotless Rose and Northern Lights. Our recordings have earned a total of two Grammy Awards and eight Grammy Award nominations. We also have two Christmas albums, the most recent is Of A Rose. Click the image to learn more.