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For Immediate Release: April 14, 2010
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Box Office: 602-253-2224
Email: jen@phoenixchorale.org

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE
PERFORMS “AMAZING GRACE II” MAY 1-2, & 9

Program includes spirituals, shaker tunes, and bluegrass favorites
with special guests Murphy’s Law and more

The Phoenix Chorale, whose recording, Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, won the 2009 Grammy Award for “Best Small Ensemble Performance,” will be performing their concert, “Amazing Grace II” throughout the Valley on May 1, 2, & 9, 2010.

First performed in the spring of last year, the Phoenix Chorale is bringing back this concert series by popular demand. Regarded as a bold and beautiful music trip from Appalachia to the Great Plain with a little bit of Americana, “Amazing Grace II” will feature spirituals, shaker tunes, and bluegrass favorites. The Chorale will also perform two arrangements of the traditional tune “Amazing Grace” by Robert Shaw and Korean composer Hyo-Won Woo.

“Amazing Grace II” also features the world premiere of Composer-In-Residence Ola Gjeilo’s new work for choir, saxophone and piano. Guest performers include Ola Gjeilo on piano and saxophonist Ted Belledin.

A set of spirituals by Robert Shaw and Alice Parker will also be performed along with early shaker tunes as recorded by Artistic Director Charles Bruffy and the Kansas City Chorale on their Nimbus recording Fern Hill – American Choral Music.

Valley-based bluegrass band, Murphy’s Law will join the Chorale for arrangements of bluegrass favorites such as “Glory Land,” “Keep on the Sunnyside,” “Green Pastures,” and you’ll hear a reprise of some of last season’s audience favorites.

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

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“Amazing Grace II”
PHOENIX CHORALE
Charles Bruffy,
Artistic Director

Tickets:
$25 General Admission
$20 Seniors (65+) and at American Lutheran Church
$10 Students

May 1, 2010 – Saturday evening at 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
*KBAQ 89.5 FM Pre-Concert Talk starts at 6:30 pm

May 2, 2010 – Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley

May 9, 2010 – Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm
American Lutheran Church
17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City

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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, 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 became the first North American choir to release an album on Chandos Records, one of the largest independent classical record labels in the world. The Phoenix Chorale’s newest solo recording, Spotless Rose, was released in September 2008, and received a Grammy Award nomination for ‘Best Classical Album,’ and won a Grammy for ‘Best Small Ensemble Performance.’ Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works is the Phoenix Chorale’s third joint-recording in a series of albums on the Chandos Record label with the Kansas City Chorale and received two Grammy Award nominations including ‘Best Choral Performance’ and ‘Best Surround Sound.’ Two other joint-recordings have been released on Chandos Records, the first in the series is Eternal Rest (2005) followed by Grechaninov: Passion Week which received Grammy Award nominations in 2007 including ‘Best Classical Album,’ ‘Best Choral Performance,’ ‘Best Surround Sound Album,’ and won a Grammy Award for ‘Best Engineered Album, Classical.’ The Phoenix Chorale 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 Artistic Director Charles Bruffy: Charles Bruffy is one of the most admired choral conductors at work in America today. He has been Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale since 1999 and Artistic Director of the Kansas City Chorale since 1988. In addition, he became the Artistic Director of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus at the start of the 2008-09 Season. A champion of new music, he has commissioned and premiered works by several of America’s greatest composers. Mr. Bruffy performed with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers from 1992-99 in recordings and concerts in France, and in concerts at Carnegie Hall. In May 1996, Mr. Bruffy was featured in the New York Times as one of Robert Shaw’s successors. In 2005, Fanfare magazine called him “one of the next big things in American choral music.” Under his supervision, the Roger Dean Company publishes a choral series specializing in music for sophisticated high school choirs, college choirs, and professional ensembles.

About Composer-in-Residence Ola Gjeilo: The music of Manhattan-based Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) has been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide. 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. 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 have also performed his choral music. 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 is the Phoenix Chorale’s first composer-in-residence and his music will be featured throughout the 2009-10 Season.

About Murphy’s Law: Murphy’s Law is a Phoenix-based acoustic band playing an eclectic mix of bluegrass, swing, old-timey, and original music.  The group includes four highly regarded and exhilarating local musicians with over 100 year experience between them.   Its members have performed with the likes of Bill Monroe, Glenn Campbell, David Bromberg and Faron Young. Murphy’s Law considers itself is a group where anything can happen on stage and often does. The creativity and diversity of this band makes for a show you will not want to miss.  Members of Murphy’s Law include: Dan Meyer – String Bass, Vocals; Billy Parker – Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals; Ron Rutowski – Fiddle, Banjo, Vocals; and John Burton – Guitar, Banjo, Vocals.  More information about Murphy’s Law can be found at www.myspace.com/murphyslawbluegrass.

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GRAMMY-AWARD WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE PERFORMS “AMAZING GRACE II” MAY 1-2, & 9

Program includes spirituals, shaker tunes, and bluegrass favorites
with special guests Murphy’s Law and more