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For Immediate Release: September 13, 2010

Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Email: jen@phoenixchorale.org
Box Office: 602-253-2224

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE
PRESENTS 2010/2011 SEASON

All Tickets on Sale Now

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale has announced concert offerings for the 2010-2011 Season and all tickets are on sale now. The season opens with “Nature Sings!” featuring Aaron Copland’s masterwork “In the Beginning” and Felix Mendelssohn’s six part- songs. The season includes music by living composers (and Phoenix Chorale favorites) Arvo Pärt, Javier Busto, Cecilia McDowall, Sir John Tavener and last season’s Composer-in-Residence, Ola Gjeilo.

The popular “25 & Under Free” program returns, offering free admission for anyone ages 25 years and younger to attend Phoenix Chorale concerts. Also continuing this season are Free Open Rehearsals during First Friday and pre-concert “Talks at Trinity” moderated by KBAQ 89.5 FM’s Sterling Beeaff and held at Trinity Cathedral.

The full concert series includes:

NATURE SINGS! – October 24 & 30 and November 7, 2010
Celebrate the world around us with “Nature Sings!” From majestic mountains to tempestuous seas and from the four elements – earth, wind, fire and water – to plant and animal life, experience how composers over the ages have celebrated planet Earth. Featuring Aaron Copland’s masterwork “In the Beginning” for mezzo soprano soloist and unaccompanied choir, Les Chant des Oyseaux (“The Song of the Birds”) by Clément Janequin, “Sand County” by Jean Belmont Ford, six part-songs about nature by Felix Mendelssohn, and R. Murray Schafer’s frolicking (and a bit scandalous) “A Medieval Bestiary.”
October 24, 2010*
, 3:00 pm – Pinnacle Presbyterian Church (25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale)
*Call 480-488-0806 for tickets to the Oct. 24 concert.
October 30, 2010
, 7:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
November 7, 2010
, 3:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS – December 11 & 16-20, 2010
Rejoice in the season! Join us for these popular holiday concerts featuring a well-rounded balance of beloved holiday favorites mixed with exciting new pieces sure to energize your holiday cheer. You’ll hear Javier Busto’s “Basque Magnificat” and music by two of our favorite composers, Cecilia McDowall and Ola Gjeilo. Through the magic of music, we’ll recreate visions of snow, roasting chestnuts and sleigh rides – and you’ll enjoy lifting your own voice in our annual tradition of sing-alongs.
December 11, 2010
*, 3:00 pm – Miami High School (Ragus Rd., Miami-Globe, AZ)
*For tickets, call 928-425-3020
December 16, 2010
, 7:30 pm – Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)
December 17, 2010
, 7:30 pm – All Saints Lutheran Church (15649 N. 7th St., Phoenix)
December 18, 2010
, 2:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)
December 18, 2010
, 7:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Church (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
December 19, 2010
, 3:00 pm – Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley)
December 20, 2010
, 7:30 pm – Central United Methodist Church (1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)

CHANT AND BEYOND – February 13 & 19-20, 2011
From Gregorian chant to modern-day chant infused masterworks, we’ll explore the influence of monks and chant throughout the history of music. Since Medieval times, numerous composers have used the popular French song “L’homme armé” (“The Armed Man”) – as the foundation for settings of the mass. We’ll perform a few of  these in these candle-lit concerts along with “Funeral Ikos” by Sir John Tavener and other modern chant influenced selections by Arvo Pärt, Sven-David Sandström, and more.
February 13, 2011
, 3:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)
February 19, 2011
, 7:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
February 20, 2011
, 3:00 pm – Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley)

THE RHYTHM OF LIFE – April 9-10 & 17, 2011
We’ve got the beat! Our season ends with a bang with these concerts for choir and percussion and feature one of  our favorite guest artists, percussionist Sonja Branch. You’ll hear Dominick Argento’s “I Hate and I Love” and Estonian composer Veljo Tormis’s Raua needmine (“Curse Upon Iron”). And we’ll take you on a multicultural trip, singing sounds from around the globe.
April 9, 2011
, 7:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
April 10, 2011
, 3:00 pm – Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)
April 17, 2011
, 3:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

HOW TO BUY TICKETS
Subscriptions and all tickets are on sale now and can be purchased through the Phoenix Chorale’s website: www.phoenixchorale.org or by calling 602-253-2224.

ABOUT 25 & UNDER FREE
Each season, hundreds of students, children, and young adults enjoy the Phoenix Chorale for free. With our “25 & Under Free” Program, anyone aged 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. Please see our website for details and a list of eligible concerts.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS during the 2010-11 Season include:

FIRST FRIDAY FREE OPEN REHEARSALS
The Phoenix Chorale continues hosting free Open Rehearsals this season during downtown Phoenix’s monthly Artwalk. We’ll host four First Friday Rehearsals – two in the fall and two in the spring. These events are FREE and open to the public. Free open rehearsals take place inside Trinity Cathedral, located on Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Take the Metro Light Rail to the Roosevelt Arts District stop. Free Open Rehearsals are from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
October 1, 2010
, 6:30-9:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
December 3, 2010
, 6:30-9:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
February 4, 2011
, 6:30-9:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
March 4, 2011
, 6:30-9:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)

 

BOYS TO MEN – November 6, 2010
Now in its seventh year and hosted by the Orpheus Male Chorus, the Boys to Men project aims to promote community-wide access to choral training and development for young male singers.  Over 250 men and boys from the Orpheus Male Chorus, Arizona State University, Phoenix Chorale, Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Choir, and local junior and senior high schools join together in singing at this yearly festival of the male voice. Visit www.orpheus.org for the latest information.
November 6, 2010
, 1:00-6:00 pm – Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)

ARIZONA BACH FESTIVAL – January 15, 2011
The Arizona Bach Festival returns in January featuring the Phoenix Chorale and the Festival Orchestra performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s greatest masterwork, the B-Minor Mass. Tickets and more information available at www.arizonabachfestival.org.
January 15, 2011
, 7:30 pm – Central United Methodist Church (1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)

 

SING TO LOVE – February 12, 2011
Join us at our annual “Sing to Love” event, a romantic evening of cabaret style music in an intimate setting featuring the voices of the Phoenix Chorale. Reserve your seat now! Call 602-253-2224 for a personalized invitation.
February 12, 2011
, Time TBD – Gainey Ranch Estate Club (7720 Gainey Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ)

ClassicalRevolutionPHX – March 4, 2011
Introducing ClassicalRevolutionPHX – a classical music festival on First Friday featuring multiple stages of free classical music performances. Sponsored by KBAQ 89.5 FM and the Phoenix Chorale, this event features performances by the Phoenix Chorale, The Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio artists, Flexible Tiger and a variety of wind, brass, string, and vocal ensembles and much more! More information at www.phoenixchorale.org.
March 4, 2011
, 6:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt, Phoenix)

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 along 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 released Shakespeare in Song and became the first North American choir to release an album on U.K.-based Chandos Records, one of the world’s largest independent classical record labels. Since that release, the Phoenix Chorale has received a total of eight Grammy Award nominations, receiving nominations in the following categories two years in a row: “Best Classical Album,” “Best Choral Performance,” and “Best Surround Sound.” Their latest solo recording, Spotless Rose, received a Grammy Award for “Best Small Ensemble Performance” in 2009 and in 2008, Grechaninov: Passion Week, a joint-recording with the Kansas City Chorale, also won a Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Album, Classical.” Two other joint-recordings with the Kansas City Chorale have been released on Chandos; Eternal Rest and Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works.

In its 52-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, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants and funding from Cathedral Arts, Sundome Performing Arts Association, Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. More information is available at www.phoenixchorale.org.

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