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Media Contact:
Jen Rogers, V.P. of Marketing & Communications
480-204-0101 / jen@phoenixchorale.org

For Immediate Release

A CHORALE CHRISTMAS
Music by Arvo Pärt & Ola Gjeilo

Phoenix Chorale’s annual holiday concerts take place
around the Valley December 19-22, 2014

IMG_20140907_221807(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale presents their annual holiday concerts titled “A Chorale Christmas” on December 19-22, 2014. This year’s concerts feature Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s stunning Seven Magnificat Antiphons, gorgeous Christmas carol arrangements by composer Ola Gjeilo, and an audience sing-along. Each of the five concerts will be held in beautiful intimate venues across the Valley in Central Phoenix, the West Valley, and in Paradise Valley.

ABOUT THE MUSIC

Seven Magnificat Antiphons by Arvo Pärt – Estonian composer Arvo Pärt is known for his contemplative works filled with silences that overwhelm audiences. Pärt’s Seven Magnificat Antiphons (Sieben Magnificat-Anitphonen)are stunning expressions of his chant-like style that evoke an introspection of Advent. ‘Magnificat’ is defined as: a canticle used in Christian liturgy, especially at vespers and evensong, the text being the hymn of the Virgin Mary (Luke 1:46–55). In the Christian tradition, an ‘antiphon’ is used in sacred music as a responsorial by a choir or congregation; usually performed in Gregorian chant, to religious texts, psalms or in a religious service. The ‘O Antiphons’ are magnificat antiphons used at vespers of the last days of advent in Western Christian traditions. Pärt is highly-regarded for his unique ‘tintinnabuli’ style. Tintinnabuli evokes the sound of bells, with various inversions of a certain chord, creating unfolding patterns and overtones. Often described as a ringing or tinkling sound, Part has explained his technique to Arthur Lubo in a New York Times interview: “The tintinnabuli method pairs each note of the melody with a note that comes from a harmonizing chord, so they ring together with bell-like resonance.”

Christmas Carols Volume 1 & 2 by Ola Gjeilo: Composer Oja Gjeilo is a longtime friend and favorite composer of the Phoenix Chorale. Ola Gjeilo had this to say about these Christmas carol arrangements:

“This is the first time I have ever arranged music written by others, but when Kammerkoret Nova commissioned seven arrangements of well-known carols for their album To Whom We Sing (2011), it was very easy to accept. Every one of these songs has always been very dear to my heart.”

Christmas Carols Volume 1 includes “O Come, O come, Emmanuel,” “In the Bleak Midwinter,” and “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.”

Christmas Carols Volume 2 includes “Away in a Manager,” “The Holly and the Ivy,” “Coventry Carol,” and “The First Nowell.”

Interviews and press tickets can be arranged by contacting Jen Rogers, at 480-204-0101 or jen@phoenixchorale.org.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased through the Phoenix Chorale’s website: phoenixchorale.org or by calling 602-253-2224. General admission tickets are $31 for adults and $15 for students. Seniors and Military receive $5 off the adult ticket price. All tickets are $5 more when purchased the day of the concert.


“A Chorale Christmas”

PHOENIX CHORALE
Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director

December 19, 2014 – Friday evening at 7:30 pm
Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave, Phoenix)

December 20, 2014 – Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm
Lord of Life Lutheran Church (13724 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West)

December 20, 2014 – Saturday evening at 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix)

December 21, 2011 – Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm
Camelback Bible Church (3900 E, Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)

December 22, 2011 – Monday evening at 7:30 pm
Brophy Chapel (4701 N. Central Ave, Phoenix)

Tickets: $34 Adults / $15 Students / Seniors & Military receive $5 off Adult price

 All tickets are an additional $5 at the door


 

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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. 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. The Phoenix Chorale aims to be the preeminent model for American choral music by redefining the standards of excellence and its mission to enrich life through excellence and distinction in choral artistry. All Phoenix Chorale recordings can be found at phoenixchorale.org.