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For Immediate Release: March 18, 2011
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Email: jen@phoenixchorale.org

PHOENIX CHORALE TO RAISE
“$60K IN 30 DAYS”
IN SECOND ANNUAL SPRING FUND DRIVE

Funds from campaign will go towards
Phoenix Chorale’s new recording

(Phoenix, AZ) On Saturday, March 19, 2011, the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale begins their second annual spring fund drive titled “$60k in 30 Days.”  The “$60k in 30 Days” fund drive is an organization-wide effort to raise $60,000 in thirty days and concludes with the last concert of the year, “The Rhythm of Life,” on Sunday, April 17, 2011.

Funds raised from the campaign will be designated towards the Phoenix Chorale’s next recording project, set to take place over Memorial Day Weekend in May 2011.

“We are honored to have the rare opportunity to be the first professional choir in the world to record an album dedicated to the choral music of composer Ola Gjeilo on a major record label,” said Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director. “The singers and I are look forward to making our first recording since our wonderful Grammy win with Spotless Rose.”

The Phoenix Chorale’s new recording will feature the music of Ola Gjeilo, the Chorale’s Composer-in-Residence last season. The Chorale has commissioned and premiered several works by the composer including Phoenix, Dark Night of the Soul, and Evening Prayer and has featured the composer’s music over the past four seasons.

“Investing in recordings has always been above our regular operations budget and with everything that’s happened with the economy in recent years, we had to put our recording strategy on hold,” said Joel Rinsema, Executive Director. “Recording is an important piece, critical to serving our mission of enriching life through excellence and distinction in chorale artistry. And with the success of last year’s spring fund drive, we believe the time is right to embark on another campaign and a new recording.”

Last season’s spring fund drive, “$30k in 30 Days,” was an organization-wide campaign that reached 10% of the goal within the first day and surpassed the goal by the 28th day. The campaign focused on using social media and online fundraising tools to make it possible to close the campaign with over $42,000 raised.

“The Phoenix Chorale singers were the driving force behind the success of last season’s campaign. We are so passionate about what we do and it shows – and it’s contagious,” said Kevin Kriegel, Phoenix Chorale tenor and Singer Representative to the Board of Directors. “We’re all optimistic and excited to see how this campaign turns out.”

Contributions can be made by clicking on the “$60k in 30 Days” logo online at www.PhoenixChorale.org. All donations are tax deductible. The Phoenix Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit performing arts organization.

The Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in the world.  In the last two years its recordings have earned a combined total of eight Grammy Award nominations and two wins.  The Chorale is dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, mixed with more traditional concert literature.  For more information visit the Phoenix Chorale’s website at www.phoenixchorale.org or call 602-253-2224.

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 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 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. 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. Originally called the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix, the Phoenix Chorale was founded in 1958 as a small study group in the living room of Drs. Hal & Timona Pittman. At that time, the group focused on the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Most recently, the Phoenix Chorale was known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, a name the group performed under for nearly twenty years. 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, 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 is available at www.phoenixchorale.org.

About Ola Gjeilo: The music of 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 was the Phoenix Chorale’s first composer-in-residence and his music was  featured throughout the 2009-10 Season.

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