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For Immediate Release: September 12, 2011

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

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE
PRESENTS 2011/12 SEASON

All Tickets on Sale Now

 (Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale has announced concert offerings for the 2011-12 Season and all tickets are on sale now. The season opens with “Heroes And Legends” on October 8-9 and features a world premiere titled Marshland Elegy written by Shawn Crouch for the Phoenix Chorale and music by Mason Bates, Herbert Howells, U2, Moses Hogan and more.

The full concert series includes:

HEROES AND LEGENDS – October 8-9, 2011
These concerts explore some monumental figures – both real and fictitious. We’ll perform tributes to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. along with mythical stories of Sirens, music by the Beatles and much more.
October 8, 2011 – 3:00 pm – Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley)
October 8, 2011 – 7:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
October 9, 2011 – 3:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

A CHORALE CHRISTMAS – December 17-20, 2011
An Arizona tradition! The Phoenix Chorale celebrates the spirit of the holiday season with classic holiday songs and music by René Clausen, Ola Gjeilo (including his O Magnum Mysterium from our upcoming CD).
December 17, 2011 – 2:00 pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)
December 17, 2011 – 7:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
December 18, 2011 – 3:00 pm – Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley)
December 19, 2011 – 7:30 pm – Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)
December 20, 2011 – 7:30 pm – Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)

ROCK OF AGES – March 10 & 11, 2012
This program focuses on American church traditions and features some of the most-loved anthems and hymns of all time with renowned composer-pianist Mark Hayes.
March 10, 2012 – 3:00 pm – Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley)
March 10, 2012 – 7:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
March 11, 2012 – 3:00pm – American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)

MODERN RUSSIA – May 5 & 6, 2012
The Phoenix Chorale explores the splendor and sounds of modern Russia with music by 20th century composer Georgy Vasilyevich Sviridov.
May 5, 2012 – 2:00 pm at American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City)
May 5, 2012 – 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
May 6, 2012 – 3:00 pm at Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley)

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS during the 2011-12 Season include:

FREE OPEN REHEARSALS
Free Open Rehearsals are held throughout the season and offer an opportunity for anyone to experience the Phoenix Chorale for free – and to get a special behind-the-scenes look at music in the making. We’ll host four open rehearsals this year on Friday evenings – two in the fall and two in the spring – as we prepare our upcoming concerts. These rehearsals take place inside Trinity Cathedral in downtown Phoenix. Trinity Cathedral is located on the northwest corner of Roosevelt and 1st Avenue, just west of the Roosevelt Arts District light rail stop.
September 16, 2011 – 6:30-9:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
December 2, 2011 – 6:30-9:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
March 2, 2012 – 6:30-9:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
April 13, 2012 – 6:30-9:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)

KBAQ 89.5 FM TALKS AT TRINITY
KBAQ 89.5 FM’s music director, Sterling Beeaff, hosts and moderates these pre-concert talks for an in-depth look at the music. “Talks at Trinity” feature up-close and personal talks with Charles Bruffy, Chorale singers, and special guests. Talks begin at 6:30pm and take place in Atwood hall at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St.) on October 8, December 17, March 10 and May 5.

25 & UNDER Rush Tickets
New this season! Starting 15 minutes before concert time, anyone 25 years old and younger (with ID) can purchase Rush Tickets for just $5. Rush Tickets are subject to availability, cannot be reserved in advance, and are not guaranteed.

BOYS TO MEN – November 5, 2011
Now in its eighth 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 Phoenix Chorale, Orpheus Male Chorus, Arizona State University, Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Choir, and local junior and senior high schools join together in singing at this yearly festival of the male voice. For participation information and concert details, please visit www.orpheus.org.
November 5, 2011 – 4:30 pm – Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)

CD RELEASE on Chandos – early 2012
We anticipate the release of our newest CD on the Chandos label featuring the music of composer Ola Gjeilo in early 2012. Chandos will also release a new CD by our sister choir, the Kansas City Chorale featuring the music of Rene Clausen at that time. Preview the Phoenix Chorale CD on our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/phxcho.

CLASSICAL REVOLUTION PHOESTIVAL – March 2, 2012
The second-annual Classical Revolution Phoestival is hosted by the Phoenix Chorale and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and is presented by Classical Revolution Phoenix. The Phoestival features multiple stages and a variety of chamber ensembles from brass to winds to strings and more – and is held during Phoenix’s monthly Artwalk in downtown Phoenix. Sponsored by KBAQ 89.5 FM and the Phoenix Chorale, the festival will be held at Trinity Cathedral and begins at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
March 2, 2012, 6:30-9:30 pm – Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)

About the Phoenix Chorale: The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in America. The Chorale has developed that reputation through live performances across the U.S. and in Canada, along with a series of recordings treasured by music lovers and played by radio stations around the globe. The newest addition to this collection, Northern Lights, features music composed by Ola Gjeilo, the Chorale’s 2009-10 composer-in-residence, and will be released in early 2012.

The Phoenix Chorale was the first North American choir to release an album on Chandos Records – one of the largest independents classical record labels in the world – in a continuing partnership that began with the 2004 album Shakespeare in Song. The Chorale’s Spotless Rose was released on Chandos in 2008 and received two Grammy Award nominations, including “Best Classical Album,” and won a Grammy for “Best Small Ensemble Performance.” Also in 2008, Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works, the Phoenix Chorale’s third joint-recording with the Kansas City Chorale, received Grammy nominations for “Best Choral Performance” and “Best Surround Sound.”

The first joint-recording for the two chorales, Eternal Rest, was released in 2005. The second, Grechaninov: Passion Week, came out in 2007 and received four Grammy nominations, including “Best Classical Album,” “Best Choral Performance,” and “Best Surround Sound Album,” and won a Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Album, Classical.”

In its 53-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 Sundome Performing Arts Association, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. More information is available at www.phoenixchorale.org.

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