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For Immediate Release: September 28, 2009

Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Box Office: 602-253-2224

2009-10 SEASON in the WEST VALLEY

Continues “25 & Under Free” program; All Tickets on Sale Now

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale has announced concert offerings for the 2009-10 Season and all tickets are on sale now. The popular “25 & Under Free” program returns this season offering free admission for anyone ages 25 years and younger to attend Phoenix Chorale concerts.  The season boasts two world premieres and focuses on the music of today’s choral masters – introducing choral music’s hottest up-and-coming composer, and this season’s composer-in-residence Ola Gjeilo.  The full West Valley Concert Series includes:

MODERN MASTERS – November 1, 2009
Our 51st season begins with a tour of today’s most popular choral composers including works by Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Tarik O’Regan, Gabriel Jackson, and re-introducing one of the Phoenix Chorale’s favorite new composers and this season’s composer-in-residence, Ola Gjeilo.
November 1, 2009, 3:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – December 19, 2009
The Sonoran Brass Quintet joins the Chorale again this year, for our annual holiday performances. These concerts feature three Arizona premieres; British composer Cecilia McDowall’s cantata Christus Natus Est featuring the Sonoran Brass Quintet and our composer-in-residence Ola Gjeilo’s Alleluia and O Magnum Mysterium. The concerts also include Arvo Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons, favorite sing-a-longs and “Silent Night.”
December 19, 2009, 2:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

DARKNESS & LIGHT – February 28, 2010
From darkness to light, the Phoenix Chorale explores the spectrum of emotions evoked in today’s choral music – love, loss, spirituality, innocence, joy and beyond. These candlelit concerts feature music by Sir John Tavener, Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre, Carlos Surinach, Vytautas Miskinis, James MacMillan and the world premiere of composer-in-residence Ola Gjeilo’s newest work commissioned by the Phoenix Chorale. Experience the Phoenix Chorale by candlelight on a journey of contemplative meditation and ethereal beauty.
February 28, 2010, 3:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

AMAZING GRACE II – May 9, 2010
Back by popular demand… The Phoenix Chorale takes another bold and beautiful musical trip with “Amazing Grace II” from Appalachia to the Great Plains with a little bit of Americana.  The concert features spirituals, shapenotes, hymns, bluegrass, a new arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” and another world premiere by composer-in-residence Ola Gjeilo.
May 9, 2010, 3:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

West Valley Series Subscriptions and all tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Phoenix Chorale’s or by calling 602-253-2224.

Anyone ages 25 and younger can attend Phoenix Chorale concerts for FREE. These seats are subject to availability and are available starting 10 minutes prior to concert start-time. No advance seat reservations can be made. A ticketed parent or legal guardian must accompany patrons under 16 years of age.

About Composer-in-Residence Ola Gjeilo: The music of Manhattan-based Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) has been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Miami’s Knight Concert Hall and Jackie Gleason Theatre, the Copenhagen Opera House, and the National Galleries in London and Washington D.C. His music has been featured on PBS in America, and on all the major Scandinavian TV channels. Mr. Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) has been commissioned by several ensembles, musicians and others worldwide, including Barbara Bonney, Solveig Kringelborn, Atle Sponberg, Philip Brunelle, the Edvard Grieg Society, St. Olaf College, Luther College, Ensemble Mendelssohn, and Chorale Arts Ensemble. His choral music has also been performed by elite choirs including the Kansas City Chorale, Conspirare, World Youth Choir, VocalEssence, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, BYU Singers, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, and the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation’s Radiokoren. After studying for his Bachelor’s Degree at the Norwegian Academy College of Music in Oslo, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Juilliard School in New York, he completed his Master’s Degree in composition at Juilliard in 2006.  His publishers include Walton Music (US), Gehrmans (Sweden), and Musikk-Huset (Norway).  Walton Music became the exclusive publisher of his choral music in 2007.  Mr. Gjeilo’s first solo piano recording, Stone Rose, was released in 2007 and is available in stores worldwide. Ola Gjeilo is the Phoenix Chorale’s first composer-in-residence and his music will be featured throughout the 2009-10 Season.

About the Phoenix Chorale: The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in America and is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, which it intermingles with more traditional concert literature. Audiences around the world have been treated to the sounds of the Chorale through live performances across the United States and in Canada, and in live broadcasts and recordings on radio stations across the globe. In 2004, the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to release an album on Chandos Records, one of the largest independent classical record labels in the world.  The Phoenix Chorale’s newest solo recording, Spotless Rose, was released in September 2008, and received a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Best Classical Album,’ and won a Grammy for ‘Best Small Ensemble Performance.’ Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works is the Phoenix Chorale’s third joint-recording in a series of albums on the Chandos Record label with the Kansas City Chorale and received two Grammy Award nominations including ‘Best Choral Performance’ and ‘Best Surround Sound.’ Two other joint-recordings have been released on Chandos Records, the first in the series is Eternal Rest (2005) followed byGrechaninov: Passion Week which received Grammy Award nominations in 2007 including ‘Best Classical Album,’ ‘Best Choral Performance,’ ‘Best Surround Sound Album,’ and won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Engineered Album, Classical.’ In its 51-year history, the Phoenix Chorale’s conductors have included Millicent Wesley (the Chorale’s first conductor from 1958), Wallace Hornibrook, Dan Durand, Vance George, Anders Öhrwall, Jon Washburn, and Charles Bruffy. The Phoenix Chorale is ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants and funding from Cathedral Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, the City of Phoenix’s Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. More information at

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