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 #4

2014 April 16
by Phoenix Chorale

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Russian Choral Training Tip #285

2014 April 10
by Phoenix Chorale

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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

Rachmaninoff’s ALL-NIGHT VIGIL With the Kansas City Chorale

2014 March 30
by Phoenix Chorale

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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!

READ the news release >>
LEARN about the Kansas City Chorale >>
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Watch the concert trailer featuring Artistic Director Charles Bruffy >>

NEW recording project! Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil”

2014 March 29
by Phoenix Chorale

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We are thrilled to announce our next recording project will be with the Kansas City Chorale — we’re planning to record Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil!

The anticipated release date is in 2015, to mark the 100th Anniversary of the world premiere of the All-Night Vigil and believe it or not, this will be the first time that either choir has performed this amazing piece of music.

Today, we are launching our annual spring fund drive — and with your help and support, we’ll record this masterwork.

From March 29-April 27, 2014, our singers, staff, and board members are working towards achieving their individual goals to each find 30 People to give 30 Dollars (or more!) in 30 Dayshelp us record a “RACH for the Ages!”

Donate to "RACH for the Ages!"

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All-Night Vigil

Looking for concert details?
Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil
Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale
April 26-27, 2014 in Phoenix >>
May 23, 2014 in Kansas City >>