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For Immediate Release: September 27, 2010

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

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE OPENS
2010/2011 SEASON WITH “NATURE SINGS!”

Concerts feature Aaron Copland’s masterwork In the Beginning
on October 30 and November 7;
25 & Under Free program continues

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale opens the 2010/2011 Season with “Nature Sings!” on October 30 and November 7. 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.

The concerts feature Aaron Copland’s masterwork “In the Beginning” for unaccompanied choir and mezzo soprano soloist, sung by the Phoenix Chorale’s Holly Sheppard. Also on the program are Les Chant des Oyseaux [the song of the bird] by Clément Janequin, “Sand County” by Jean Belmont Ford, six part-songs about nature by Felix Mendelssohn, and R. Murray Shafer’s frolicking “A Medieval Bestiary.”

The Saturday, October 30 concert begins at 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix (100 W. Roosevelt St.). KBAQ 89.5 FM Talks at Trinity, hosted by Sterling Beeaff, start at 6:30 pm. The Sunday, November 7 concert begins at 3:00 pm at American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City).

25 & UNDER FREE: The Phoenix Chorale’s popular “25 & Under Free” program continues this season, offering free admission for anyone ages 25 years and younger to attend Phoenix Chorale concerts. These seats are subject to availability starting 10 minutes prior to the concert. No advance seat reservations can be made for these free tickets. A ticketed parent or legal guardian must accompany patrons under 16 years of age. More information at www.phoenixchorale.org.

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS are still available in 4-Concert and 3-Concert Series packages for as little as $75! All tickets can be purchased online at www.phoenixchorale.org or by calling 602-253-2224.  Subscriptions and single tickets will be available the concerts starting one hour before the concert begins.

Please note: This concert will also be performed as part of Arizona Musicfest’s 20th Anniversary on, Sunday, October 24th at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church (25150 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale).  This special one hour concert begins at 4:00 pm and will be conducted by Phoenix Chorale Assistant Conductor Joel Rinsema with special guest, Robert Moody. This concert will be performed without intermission, and Phoenix Chorale season tickets will not be accepted at this concert. Tickets are available by calling the Phoenix Chorale office at 602-253-2224 or online at www.azmusicfest.org.

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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.