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For Immediate Release

All Tickets on Sale September 8, 2014

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy winning Phoenix Chorale has announced concert offerings for the 2014-15 Season and all tickets will be on sale starting September 8, 2014. The full concert series includes:

I. REQUIEM: DAY OF THE DEAD – November 1-2, 2014
IMG_20140907_221643In several religious traditions around the world, the first days of November are celebrated as All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, and they are familiar in Mexico and the American Southwest as Dia de Muertos (“Day of the Dead”). We’re honoring this weekend of observances through requiem settings by two choral masters: Herbert Howells and Maurice Duruflé. The Howells Requiem examines the pain of loss, deep grief, and eternal hope; Duruflé wrote his Requiem for choir and organ in memory of his father. We’ll also pay tribute to Dr. Harvey K. Smith, beloved conductor of the Phoenix Boys Choir, with a world premiere written by J.A.C. Redford. Join us in commemorating the dearly departed through this concert of transcendence, inspiration, and uplift.
November 1, 2014 – 2:00 pm at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West)
November 1, 2014 – 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
November 2, 2014 – 3:00 pm at First United Methodist Church (5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)

II. A CHORALE CHRISTMAS: Music by ARVO PÄRT & OLA GJEILO – December 19-22, 2014
IMG_20140907_221807Rejoice and reflect in the exquisite profundity of Arvo Pärt’s “Magnificat Antiphons” —these tenderly expressed compositions, in Pärt’s own chant-like style, evoke an introspection of Advent. We’ll sing gorgeously arranged Christmas carols by Ola Gjeilo, including “Away in a Manger” and “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and we’ll invite you to lift your voice with us for our annual sing-along tradition!
December 19, 2014 – 7:30 pm at Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)
December 20, 2014 – 2:00 pm at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West)
December 20, 2014 – 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
December 21, 2014 – 3:00 pm at Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)
December 22, 2014 – 7:30 pm at Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)

III. DESERT SONG featuring R. CARLOS NAKAI – March 7-8, 2015
IMG_20140907_221852The Southwest is an expansive desert paradise, rich in hues, history, and heritage. Join us as we channel southwestern culture in ‘Desert Song’ featuring Mexican Baroque by Spanish-born Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, “Mesa Songs” by NAU’s award-winning composer Judith Cloud, and Brent Michael David’s “Native American Suite” featuring nine-time Grammy nominated Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai.
March 7, 2015 – 2:00 pm at Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)
March 7, 2015 – 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
March 8, 2014 – 3:00 pm at Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 E. Lincoln Dr., Paradise Valley)

IV. THE BARD’S TALE: Music & Scenes from SHAKESPEARE – April 25-26, 2015
IMG_20140907_221950Shakespeare is revered as mankind’s greatest and most famous playwright. For our final concerts, we’re bringing some of his beloved works to life through song and scene in “The Bard’s Tale,” including texts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, and Macbeth. You may recognize some of this program from our 2004 recording, Shakespeare in Song — and we’re welcoming guest actors from Theatre Works.
April 25, 2015 – 2:00 pm at Peoria Center for the Arts (8355 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria)
April 25, 2015 – 7:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
April 26, 2015 – 3:00 pm at Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)

SPECIAL EVENTS during the 2014-15 Season include:

FREE OPEN REHEARSALS featuring the Olney Gallery
Held throughout the season, our Free Open Rehearsals offer the chance for everyone to experience the Phoenix Chorale for free – and get a special behind-the-scenes look at music in the making. This season, we partnered with the Olney Gallery located inside Trinity Cathedral. Our Free Open Rehearsals coincide with the Olney Gallery’s opening reception on the First Fridays of October, December, February, and on the Third Friday of April.
6:30-9:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
1. October 3, 2014 – Phoenix Chorale prepares for “Requiem: Day of the Dead”; steel sculpture by Joan Waters in the Olney Gallery
2. December 5, 2014 – Phoenix Chorale prepares for “A Chorale Christmas: music by Arvo Pärt & Ola Gjeilo”; honoring World AIDS Day with several
large panels of the AIDS Quilt in the Olney Gallery
3. February 6, 2015 – Phoenix Chorale prepares for “Desert Song”; special guest performance by students from Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children; and a student exhibit by students from Cesar Chavez High School along with art by mentoring artist Carlos Rivas, Monica-Gisel Crespo, Marissa V., and Edgar Fernandez.
4. April 17, 2015 – Phoenix Chorale prepares for “The Bard’s Tale: Music & Scenes from Shakespeare”; beautiful watercolors by Julie Frye in the Olney Gallery

PRE-CONCERT TALKS – Our pre-concert talks are held one hour before the concert begins and are your chance to get up-close and personal with Charles Bruffy, Chorale singers, and special guests. On Saturday evenings at Trinity Cathedral, our pre-concert talks are hosted by Sterling Beeaff of K-BACH 89.5 FM.

Our newest recording is almost here! In May 2014, we recorded Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with the Kansas City Chorale. Also known as “The Vespers,” the All-Night Vigil is the pinnacle of Russian Chorale music – and we are thrilled to share this recording with you this season.

SONGFEST: Phoenix Women’s Choir Festival – May 2, 2015
Featuring the Phoenix Girls Chorus, Phoenix College Women’s Choir, NAU Women’s Choir, and the women of the Phoenix Chorale in a celebration of inter-generational female singers. For tickets, call 602-252-5562. More information available at
May 2, 2015 – 7:30 pm at Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)

Subscriptions and all tickets will be on sale beginning September 8, 2014 and can be purchased through the Phoenix Chorale’s website: or by calling 602-253-2224.
Subscriptions: 4-Concert subscriptions are $135. 3-Concert subscriptions are $105.
Single Tickets: Adult tickets are $32; students are $13. Tickets to our Christmas concerts are $34 for adults; $15 for students. Seniors receive a $5 off the general admission ticket price. (All of our concerts are general admission and all tickets are $5 more when purchased the day of the concert.)
25 & Under Rush Tickets – 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.

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About the Phoenix Chorale: The GRAMMY Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, is regarded as one of the finest choral ensembles in North 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.

What began in 1958 as a small study group of singers became a fully professional choir in 1992 made up of Arizona residents: highly educated and trained singers, teachers and professionals. In 2004, the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to record for the U.K.’s prestigious Chandos Records and since then, the Chorale’s recordings have earned a total of eight GRAMMY nominations and two GRAMMY wins. In May 2014, the Phoenix Chorale and it’s sister choir, the Kansas City Chorale, recorded Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil” which will be released on Chandos Records later this season.

The Phoenix Chorale aims to be the preeminent model for American choral music by redefining standards of excellence and its mission is to enrich life through excellence and distinction in choral artistry. In its 57-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, Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs, and Quail Distributing. More information is available at

About organist Jan Kraybill: Principal Organist for the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation, an affiliate of the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri, and Organ Conservator at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.  She regularly plays and oversees the care of the three largest pipe organs in the Kansas City metro area:  the Community of Christ Auditorium’s 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner (installed in 1959) and Temple’s 102-rank Casavant (1993), and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant (2012) at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall.

Dr. Kraybill and volunteer staff organists provide music for worship services and present free organ demonstration recitals at the Auditorium and Temple.  Jan also co-coordinates the church’s Dome and Spire concert series, leads international hymn festivals, teaches workshops, and is a resource person for the denomination’s musicians.  At the Kauffman Center, she performs and hosts guest organists in both solo and collaborative musical events.  Jan has piano performance and education degrees from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and a doctorate in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance.  In 2010 she earned the Fellow certificate from the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the highest certification available for organists.

She has performed on regional and national conventions of the AGO, the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and other musicians’ organizations, and has been featured on Kansas Public Radio and American Public Media’s nationally broadcast program Pipedreams.  She has collaborated as pianist, harpsichordist and organist with many ensembles, including locally the Bach Aria Soloists, the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus, the Fine Arts Chorale, and the Kansas City Chorale.  Her solo CDs are Two by 2:  Two Organ Symphonies on Two Magnificent Organs, featuring both of Community of Christ’s pipe organs; Rejoice and Remember:  Piano Music for All Seasons, piano arrangements of favorite hymns; and The Auditorium Organ: Fifty Years of Excellence, celebrating that instrument’s 50th anniversary in 2009.  She recently completed the first recordings of the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant with Reference Recordings; these will be available in the near future.

About composer J.A.C Redford: Redford has written the scores for more than three dozen feature films, TV movies or miniseries, including The Trip to Bountiful, One Night with the King, What the Deaf Man Heard, Mama Flora’s Family and Disney’s Oliver & Company, Newsies and The Mighty Ducks II and III. He has composed the music for nearly 500 episodes of series television, including multiple seasons of Coach and St. Elsewhere (for which he received two Emmy nominations).

His incidental music has been heard in theatrical productions at the Matrix Theater in Los Angeles and South Coast Repertory Theater in Costa Mesa, California, as well as in the American Playhouse series on PBS. Two of his musical comedies are published by Dramatic Publishing and performed frequently across North America.

Collaborating with other artists, Redford has orchestrated, arranged or conducted for Academy Award-winning composers, James Horner, Alan Menken, Randy Newman and Rachel Portman, as well as for Terence Blanchard, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham, Thomas Newman, Marc Shaiman, and Cirque du Soleil’s Benoit Jutras, on projects including The Little Mermaid, The Nightmare Before Christmas, The Perfect Storm, WALL-E, Avatar, The Help, The Iron Lady, The Amazing Spider-Man and Skyfall. He orchestrated and conducted Adele’s Oscar-winning title song for Skyfall, wrote arrangements for Joshua Bell’s Voice of the Violin and At Home with Friends recordings and has written for and recorded with other Grammy Award-winning artists Steven Curtis Chapman, Bonnie Raitt and Sting.

Redford’s music is published by G. Schirmer, Roger Dean, Fatrock Ink, AnderKamp, Fred Bock and Plough Down Sillion Music. He is the author of Welcome All Wonders: A Composer’s Journey, published by Baker Books. His many recordings include three collections of his concert, chamber and choral music, Eternity Shut in a Span, Evening Wind and The Alphabet of Revelation.

About R. Carlos Nakai: Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world’s premier performer of the Native American flute.  He began his musical studies on the trumpet, but a car accident ruined his embouchure.  His musical interests took a turn when he was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to master it.  As an artist, he is an adventurer and risk taker, always giving his musical imagination free rein.  Nakai is also an iconoclastic traditionalist who views his cultural heritage not only as a source and inspiration, but also a dynamic continuum of natural change, growth, and adaptation subject to the artist’s expressive needs.

Nakai, while cognizant of the traditional use of the flute as a solo instrument, began finding new settings for it, especially in the genres of jazz and classical.  He founded the ethnic jazz ensemble,  the R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, to explore the intersection of ethnic and jazz idioms.

Nakai brought the flute into the concert hall, performing with over fifteen symphony and chamber orchestras. He was a featured soloist on the Philip Glass composition, Piano Concerto No. 2: After Lewis & Clark, premiered by the Omaha Symphony.  Nakai also works with producer and arranger Billy Williams, a two-time Grammy® winner, in composing for and performing the traditional flute in orchestral works of a lighter vein.

Nakai has received two gold records (500,000 units sold) for Canyon Trilogy and Earth Spirit which are the first (and only) Native American recordings to earn this recognition.  He has sold over four million albums in the course of his career.

A Navy veteran, Nakai earned a Master’s Degree in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona.  He was awarded the Arizona Governor’s Arts Award in 1992, and an honorary doctorate from Northern Arizona University in 1994.  In 2005 Nakai was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame.  Nakai has also authored a book with composer James DeMars, The Art of the Native American Flute, which is a guide to performing the traditional cedar flute.

About Theater Works: Theater Works was founded in September of 1986 as a non-profit community theater by a group of theater patrons who believed that the northwest area of suburban Phoenix, AZ, needed and was ready to support, a community theater. In February 2007 Theater Works moved to a new permanent venue, Peoria Center for the Performing Arts, a $13 million facility and signed a 20-year facility management agreement with the City of Peoria. Theater Works new home has a 270-seat state-of-the-art Main Stage theater and an 80-seat Black Box theater, classrooms, set construction and costume shops and dressing rooms.