For Immediate Release: October 30, 2009
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
BOYS TO MEN VI: FESTIVAL OF THE MALE VOICE
FEATURES 200 MALE VOICES
AGES 9 TO 99 FROM ACROSS THE VALLEY
Phoenix Chorale’s annual education festival returns featuring
Chanticleer, Phoenix Chorale, Orpheus Male Chorus, ASU, Phoenix
Metropolitan Men’s Chorus and more on Sunday, November 8, 2009
(Phoenix, AZ) – The Phoenix Chorale’s sixth annual Boys to Men: Festival of the Male Voice returns this year with special guests Chanticleer – named “the world’s reigning male chorus” by New Yorker magazine.
Over 200 male singers – ranging in age from childhood to their twilight years – will take part in this unique education event, which features: massed-choir rehearsals led by the Phoenix Chorale’s Charles Bruffy and Orpheus Male Chorus’s Dr. Brook Larson, a Chanticleer Question & Answer session, a massed-choir rehearsal led by Chanticleer Music Director Matthew Oltman, and the culminating massed-choir presentation with all participants.
This year’s Boys to Men Festival is co-presented by Orpheus Male Chorus, Arizona’s oldest choir, founded in 1929. Musical selections for the day include How Can I Keep From Singing, Ave Maria, and Isaiah 44:3. Additional participating groups include Phoenix Metropolitan Men’s Chorus, Arizona State University, Arizona School for the Arts, plus additional talented young singers from area junior and senior high school choral programs.
In its sixth year, the goal of the Boys to Men project is to promote communitywide access to choral training and development for young male singers. Junior and senior high school male singers are engaged by artistic leadership at the highest level and are encouraged to continue singing after their school experiences.
Boys to Men VI: Festival of the Male Voice takes place at Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., in Paradise Valley) on Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission to this event is closed to the public but open and free for family and friends of the participants. For information, visit the Phoenix Chorale’s website at www.phoenixchorale.org or call 602-253-2224.
About Chanticleer: Called “the world’s reigning male chorus,” by the New Yorker magazine, and named 2008 Ensemble of the Year by Musical America, Chanticleer will perform more than 100 concerts in 2009-10, the Grammy Award-winning ensemble’s 32nd Season. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for their “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer will tour to 21 of the United States and 12 foreign countries this season, including appearances at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Amsterdam ‘s Concertgebouw, Vienna’s Musikverein, and Prague’s Rudolfinum In 2009 Chanticleer made debut appearances in Ireland and the People’s Republic of China and will return to the latter in June for Expo 2010 in Shanghai. Highlights of the 2009-10 season will be Chanticleer’s first National Youth Choral Festival in San Francisco in March, appearances at two American Choral Directors Association conferences, and the release of a new recording – Best of Chanticleer and a new DVD Fireside Christmas with Chanticleer. Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz, and from gospel to venturesome new music. More information available at www.chanticleer.org.
About the Phoenix Chorale: The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in America. 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 March 2009, the Phoenix Chorale made their New York debut with their sister organization, the Kansas City Chorale, at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. The New York Times referred to the Chorales’ “…refined sound and elegant phrasing…” with “vivid intensity…” and the performance had a “…buoyant pulse and energetic finesse.” In 2004, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, the Phoenix Chorale became the first North American choir to release an album on Chandos Records. Since then, four more recordings have been made on Chandos, including a three disc series of joint-recordings with the Kansas City Chorale and their newest album, a solo disc titled Spotless Rose. Three of the albums have received a total of eight Grammy Award nominations and two Grammy Award wins including “Best Small Ensemble Performance” and “Best Engineered Album, Classical.” 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. Most recently, the Phoenix Chorale was known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, a name the group performed under for nearly twenty years. The Phoenix Chorale is sponsored in part through grants and funding from Cathedral Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. More information available at www.phoenixchorale.org.
About Orpheus Male Chorus: Founded in November of 1929, the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix is Arizona’s longest continually performing choral organization, its debut performance occurring on Christmas morning in 1929 on Phoenix radio station KTAR. Since its inception, Orpheus has created numerous recordings and performed in 14 countries including Canada, the U.K., Australia, and New Zealand as well as throughout the Valley and across the U.S. Led by Artistic Director Dr. Brook Larson, Orpheus’s membership is made up exclusively of volunteer singers, most of whom are non-professional musicians, in professions including students, business professionals, teachers, attorneys, health professionals, chefs, retail designers, real estate professionals and more. Orpheus’s education outreach activities include support for the school band program of St. Matthew’s School in Phoenix, co-sponsoring Boys to Men VI: Festival of the Male Voice with the Phoenix Chorale, and additional partnerships with a variety of choral organizations throughout the Valley. Orpheus is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose mission is to present world-class choral music that entertains and adds cultural value to Phoenix and Arizona Communities, deliver professional quality music to our audiences through performances and outreach activities each year, and provide a rewarding educational and performing experience for male singers. More information available at www.orpheus.org.
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