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Jen Rogers, Director of Marketing & Communications
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For Immediate Release 

Phoenix Chorale Closes 2012/13 Season
with Blockbuster Program
“Music From The Silver Screen”

Concerts held April 27-28 feature music from over a dozen films
including Les Miserables, Slumdog Millionaire, and more;
with a special world premiere by Joan Szymko

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale’s 2012/13 Season comes to a close with a blockbuster program featuring some of the greatest music found in film.  Titled “Music from the Silver Screen,” the April 27-28 concerts will feature pieces from over a dozen major motion pictures including classics like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Wizard of Oz, epic war films like Platoon, The Deer Hunter, and Empire of the Sun, historical dramas Chariots of Fire and Henry V, award-winning new releases like Slumdog Millionare and Les Misérables, plus Disney favorites Tarzan and The Little Mermaid, and more. The concerts will also feature the world premiere of a new piece, featuring oboe and cello, by composer Joan Szymko.


Les Misérables is one of the most famous musicals of all time, and was recently adapted for the big screen winning three Academy Awards. The entire score of Les Misérables was composed by Claude-Michel Schonberg, with libretto by Alain Boublil and English lyrics by Herber Kretzmer.  The Phoenix Chorale will perform “Do You Hear the People Sing,” one of the principal songs, played during and at the end of the musical, as well as “Bring Him Home,” a prayer to God from main character, Jean Valjean (played by Hugh Jackman) to grant grace upon a boy’s soul and let him live to see another day.

“Adagio for Strings” was written in 1936 by Samuel Barber, one of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century.  “Adagio for Strings” was included in the Oscar-winning 1986 American war film Platoon, which was written and directed by Oliver Stone. Stone based the film on his own experiences as a U.S. infantryman, and the film follows a young Vietnam recruit confronted with the struggles of war and the conflicting nature of man.  Barber set the Latin words of the liturgical Agnus Dei to the music of his famous “Adagio for Strings” in 1967.

“Gabriel’s Oboe” is the main theme for the 1986 British drama, The Mission, about the experiences of a Jesuit missionary in 18th century South America.  Written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone, the theme is most prominently used in a scene in which protagonist Father Gabriel, played by Jeremy Irons, boldly plays his oboe at the top of a waterfall over which the Guarani natives sent a previous missionary to his death. Thanks to his captivating melody, the warriors allow him to live, marking the beginning of a strong relationship. The song has been called an unforgettable and celebrated oboe melody, winning Morricone the Golden Globe for “Best Original Score.”

Each year, the Phoenix Chorale provides audiences the opportunity to commission a piece by a guest composer to be performed at the final concert of the next season.  This year the concerts will feature the world premiere of a piece by composer Joan Szymko, commissioned by Claudia Kennedy.  Szymko, whose music has been sung by distinguished ensembles across the country and abroad, is well-known for her abundant lyricism, rhythmic integrity and vigorous attention to text.  Learn more about the composer here

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.

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HOW TO BUY TICKETS – Tickets can be purchased through the Phoenix Chorale’s website at or by calling 602-253-2224.

25 & UNDER RUSH TICKETS – Starting 15 minutes before concert time, anyone 25 years 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.

“Music from the Silver Screen”
Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director

April 27, 2013 – Saturday at 2:00 pm
American Lutheran Church (17200 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City 85373)

April 27, 2013 – Saturday at 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix 85003)
* KBAQ 89.5 FM Talks at Trinity starts at 6:30 pm

April 28, 2013 – Sunday at 3:00 pm
Christ Church of the Ascension (4015 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley 85253)

 Tickets: $28 General Admission; $12 Students; Seniors & Military receive $5 off General Admission; all tickets are an additional $5 at the door.


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About the Phoenix Chorale: The Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional 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 standards of excellence and its mission is to enrich life through excellence and distinction in choral artistry. All Phoenix Chorale recordings can be found at