Congratulations to Charles Bruffy and the Kansas City Chorale on winning the GRAMMY Award for “Best Choral Performance!”
On Sunday, February 10, singer Janis Ian presented the “Best Choral Performance” GRAMMY to Charles Bruffy and the Kansas City Chorale for Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen. Sound engineer John Newton of SoundMirror also won the GRAMMY “Best Engineered Album, Classical” for his work on Life & Breath. Released on Chandos Records in 2012, Life and Breath is the first recording dedicated entirely to the music of René Clausen by a professional choir.
Over fifty singers, board members, family and friends attended the ceremony – including the Phoenix Chorale’s Executive Director Joel Rinsema, Director of Marketing and Communications Jen Rogers, and the four Phoenix Chorale singers that appeared on Life & Breath: Joshua Hillmann, Laura Inman, Karen Knudsen, and David Topping.
Producer Blanton Alspaugh of SoundMirror also picked up his first GRAMMY for “Producer of the Year, Classical” for his body of work including Life & Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen and the Phoenix Chorale’s 2012 release Northern Lights.
WATCH Charles Bruffy’s acceptance speech: