Choirtap

2010 March 10
by Phoenix Chorale

Choirtap [k-wire-tap] - noun, verb, -tapped, -tapping, adjective.

-noun
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
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Russian Choral Training Tip #17

2014 April 22
by Phoenix Chorale

Russian Choral Training Tip #17

“All-Night Vigil” program notes are available

2014 April 21
by Phoenix Chorale

Program notes for Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil With the Kansas City Chorale are now available.

Read program notes >>

“All-Night Vigil” by Sergei Rachmaninoff

I. Call to Worship
II. Bless the Lord, O My Soul
III. Blessed is the Man
IV. O Gladsome Light
V. Nunc Dimittis
VI. Ave Maria
VII. The Short Gloria
VIII. Introduction to “The Six Psalms”
IX. The Story of the Resurrection
X. Hymn of the Resurrection
XI. Magnificat
XII. The Greater Gloria
XIII. Today Hath Salvation Come
XIV. When Thou Hadst Arisen
XV. Hymn to the Mother of God

To purchase tickets, click here.

See you soon!

Russian Choral Training Tip #4

2014 April 16
by Phoenix Chorale

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Russian Choral Training Tip #285

2014 April 10
by Phoenix Chorale

Russian Choral Training Tip #285 >>

From Kansas City with Love

2014 April 9
by Phoenix Chorale

kansascity-postcardGreetings from Kansas City, Missouri, where everything is up-to-date and we’ve gone about as far as we can go! My name is Katie Crawford, and I am so pleased to write a guest post for the official Phoenix Chorale blog. I am lucky enough to sing alto in that other award-winning choral ensemble conducted by Charles Bruffy, the Kansas City Chorale. In case you missed it, the Phoenix Chorale is coming together with the Kansas City Chorale in April and May to form a SUPERCHORALE and perform Rachmaninoff’s incredible Op. 37, the All-Night Vigil. Do you have any idea just how big of a deal this is? It’s big. The groups haven’t performed together since 2009, so everyone is really excited to collaborate and make some incredible music that is sure to please audiences in both of our respective cities.

I am particularly looking forward to this experience because this will be the first time that I’ve had the opportunity to sing with the Phoenix Chorale—in Phoenix! PHX is a great town. I can’t wait to spend a little time in the sunshine there later this month. It will be really cool to have Charles combine these two stellar choirs to make one nearly unstoppable “super group”. These are exciting times.

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The All-Night Vigil by Sergei Rachmaninoff is an incredibly special piece in the choral repertoire, and I’ll never forget the first time I heard it. Naturally, it was the very famous 1989 Robert Shaw Festival Singers recording, and I was a freshman at St. Olaf College. I was trying to recover from an unrequited crush on a senior organ performance major who was also my ear training TA (I didn’t know any better) and I had checked this disc out of the music library at his recommendation. I must have played it 800 times in a row because it was the most beautiful thing I had ever heard. Tears of rejection quickly turned into tears of gratitude for those gorgeously healing harmonies…and for those BASSES. I had the subwoofer turned up to 11, I’m sure. I had never heard a more profound choral sound in my life.

And now the time has finally come for me to sing this amazing work—and with some of the finest choral singers in the country under the direction of one very brilliant conductor, the incomparable Charles Bruffy? I am one lucky alto indeed!

Russian Choral Training Tip #74

2014 April 5
by Phoenix Chorale

Russian Choral Training Tip #74

Reasons to check out this Friday’s Phoestival!

2014 April 2
by Phoenix Chorale

Guest bloggers Joey Kluesener and Susie Quattrocchi from Classical Revolution PHX tell us a bit about the Phoestival – and why it’s an event you won’t want to miss!

CRP-Full-HorizontalOn Friday, April 4th, the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale and Classical Revolution PHX present the fourth annual Phoestival (pronounced “festival”).  Four stages, three hours, and fifteen ensembles of live classical music will fill Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Phoenix’s Roosevelt Row during the First Friday Artwalk. Classical Revolution PHX, winner of the 2013 Phoenix Mayor’s Arts Award for Music, is proud to offer Phoenix’s only chamber music festival with the generous support of the Phoenix Chorale, Trinity Cathedral, KBAQ and ASU Herberger Institute.

There are many reasons why music lovers enjoy festivals.  As most of us know, there is nothing like seeing an enjoyable style of music performed live.  The sound opens up and flows through you in a way that simply cannot compare to how we usually experience it through recordings.  One of the reasons a festival is so special is because it brings together a multitude of talent playing live, feeding off of each other’s energy, and bringing together people in an open atmosphere of diversity.  Phoestival is a unique opportunity to experience several styles of live classical music in one night and Classical Revolution PHX provides the community with the opportunity to dive deeper into the genre with the diversity of the lineup.

2014 Phoestival LineUp

This year, guests can get a touch of everything all in one place. The Cathedral will showcase its beautiful acoustic with a Cathedral Organ demonstration and an open rehearsal featuring the 28-voice Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale.

The Labyrinth (courtyard) will be the home to metallic instruments, featuring ASU’s Bottomless Brass and East Valley-based Cornua Irae (French horn quartet).

Atwood Hall is where piano is featured in solo and chamber music ensembles, and if you make your way to the third floor Auditorium, the Phoenix Early Music Society features guitar and vihuela in performance, and Clarinets for Conservation will teach you about the mpingo tree in Africa – among many others!

Here are photos from last year’s Phoestival:

Those mobile-philes who love taking photos and videos: bring your devices and go ahead and tag and post about Classical Revolution PHX on social media! We hope you will let us know what your favorite parts of the night were!

4th Annual Classical Revolution PHOESTIVAL
Friday, April 4, 2014 – 6:30 -9:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix – map)

- Joey Kluesener & Susie Quattrocchi from Classical Revolution PHX

Russian Choral Training Tip #153

2014 April 1
by Phoenix Chorale

Russian Choral Training Tip #153