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As the Phoenix Chorale’s Marketing & Communications Intern this fall, I’m proud to boast that not only am I their first intern majoring in vocal performance, I am also fortunate enough to work in the Café at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM). Originally hailing from Australia, I’ve been living in this sunny state for five years and am a full-time student at Phoenix College studying under Phoenix Chorale tenor, Dr. Kenny Miller.
After learning that the Chorale is featured in MIM’s Liechtenstein exhibit, I decided to pop over to the Europe exhibit at the end of my shift last week. Nestled in the heart of Europe, Liechtenstein was home to organist and composer, Josef Rheinberger. (The Phoenix Chorale released a GRAMMY-nominated recording of Rheinberger’s choral works with the Kansas City Chorale – click here to check it out.)
Adorning the exhibit are instruments of the 19th and 20th centuries – including a fligelhorna (valved horn), geige (violin), and flöte (flute). The exhibit’s video shows examples of these instruments and also features the Phoenix Chorale with the Kansas City Chorale, in their Lincoln Center performance of Rheinberger’s Drei geistliche Gesänge!
MIM is my new favorite addition to the Valley. Featuring a global spectrum of instruments, MIM is a world-class museum right here in our backyard. I should also mention that the Café at MIM is my favorite lunch destination – I love the fresh, seasonal, made from scratch cuisine. The Café sources much of its produce from farms within 150 miles of the Café, such as Maya’s Farm, Seacat Gardens, Fossil Creek Creamery, Power Ranch (grass fed beef) and Desert Springs Tilapia. Who knew you could get local fish in Arizona?!
In many ways, a trip to MIM is like taking a mini world tour, only with no jetlag! So, next time you want to escape from the daily grind, visit MIM (4725 E Mayo Bvld., Phoenix) to immerse yourself in the music and history of other cultures.
Be sure to stop by the Café at MIM from 11am-2pm for lunch; I recommend the Grill Special featuring local tilapia. And don’t forget to visit the Experience Gallery where you, like me, can fulfill your childhood dream of playing fascinating instruments such as the harp!
– Lauren Potter, Marketing & Communications Intern