Next Friday, April 5, the Phoenix Chorale is hosting the third-annual Classical Revolution Phoestival during the famous First Friday Artwalk in downtown Phoenix. The Phoestival features four stages and ten ensembles, doing a combined nineteen performances over a period of three hours… and it’s all FREE! The event is put on by Classical Revolution PHX, an advocacy group for classical and chamber music in the Phoenix Metro area who aims to strip away the classical music ‘pedestal’ by performing in unusual spaces and making the music accessible to the public. The Classical Revolution Phoestival begins at 6:30 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt Street) along Roosevelt Row.
Here is a rundown of the awesome local ensembles and performers who will be there:
- The Phoenix Chorale – If you’ve made it to this blog, you’re probably familiar with the Phoenix Chorale. The Grammy-winning group, regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in North America, will be rehearsing for their final concerts of the season, “Music from the Silver Screen.” Stop by the cathedral to hear them sing tunes from your favorite feature films from “The Mission” to “The Little Mermaid.”
- Erik Goldstrom – Erick Goldstrom has been Cannon Musician for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral since 2009, where he conducts three choirs and oversees “Music at Trinity.” He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, notably at Lincolin Cathedral, St. Georges’s Chapel, Windsor, the Madeleine and the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. He will be performing a demonstration of the Cathedral’s amazing four-manual 71-rank Schantz pipe organ between
- Mana Saxophone Orchestra AZ – Stop by the outdoor courtyard labyrinth to see this group, founded Michael Hernandez of the Mana Quartet, and comprised of young saxophonist from across Arizona who hold positions in the Phoenix Youth Symphony, Arizona All-State and Regional Honor Bands, the Greater Phoenix Honor Band, and Young Sounds of Arizona, ranging from soprano sax all the way to bass!
- ASU Pan Devils – Also performing on the labyrinth is the ASU Pan Devils Steel Band, comprised of ASU undergrad and graduate students of all different majors. The band brings the lively sounds of the steel drum (or pan), a unique musical instrument that has its origins in the West Indies.
- Drew Quiring & Jenna Daum – Drew is a passionate pianist, in in his 10th consecutive year of university level piano studies, who has spent around 10,000 hours mastering the instrument! Jenna is a skilled flutist who has performed with many ensembles around the country and won several awards and completions including the prestigious Thomas Smith Competition at the University of Illinois. See the duo in Atwood Hall located in the east wing of Trinity.
- Opera Revolution – This new local group was founded by opera singer Kristen Reed with the goal to bridge the gaps between musical genres and bring opera to the local music scene. Watch the group perform opera scenes in Attwood Hall following Jenna and Drew.
- Ashley Oakley – Ashley is an accomplished pianist who has won dozens of first prizes, medals and distinctions throughout the country. She was the recipient of a two year U-Care grant, during which she worked on transcribing the operas of Philip Glass into solo piano music, and has spent summers at music schools in Austria, Italy and Israel. She will also be performing in Attwood Hall.
- Herberger String Quartet – The ASU Herberger Institute’s celebrated student quartet is made up of faculty nominated members, who put on performances several times a semester on campus and in the community. See them perform in the Trinity auditorium, located on the third floor.
- Phoenix Chamber Brass – Also playing in the auditorium, the award winning Phoenix Chamber Brass is made up of some of the finest musicians from across the country. With a mission to perform a diverse repertoire of entertaining music, collaborate and create new projects with other artists, and to reach out to the next generation of musicians and artists, they work to advance the status of the brass quintet in their performances.
- Joseph Kluesener – Joseph earned his first professional position at the age of 22 as a Qualified Bassoonist by the United States Air Force. He has performed with numerous symphonies and as a soloist at many events across the country. He is founder of the local wind ensemble Paradise Winds, and a co-founder of Classical Revolution PHX. You can hear him on the bassoon in the upstairs auditorium, as well. Hear what he has to say about the Phoestival in the video below!
If you read my first blog about the Phoenix Chorale’s Free Open Rehearsal you might remember my excitement about getting everyone I know to come to the next one. Well, this is it! This night is going to include all of the great aspects of Open Rehearsal (a free chance to watch the Chorale, free giveaways, an up-close look at the Grammy, located on Roosevelt Row on the same night as First Fridays) and much more! For fans of chamber music, it’s a chance to get everything you love in one place, for newbies (like me) it’s a chance to experience something fun and different, FOR FREE! I mean, what more could you ask for?
Show up in your work clothes, show up in your street clothes, show up in your giant taco hat, everyone is welcome. We hope to see you there!
– Alaina Hasenmiller, Marketing & Communications Intern