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For Immediate Release

Phoenix Chorale presents Music of Composer


Founder of Ireland’s National Choir, ANÚNA

“Celtic Chorale” concerts are March 15-16

(Phoenix, AZ) – According to All Music Guide, Irish composer Michael McGlynn is “…among the ranks of the most accomplished contemporary choral composers…notable for a sophisticated compositional technique that’s always tied to appealing emotional directness.” On March 15-16, 2014, the Phoenix Chorale will feature the music of Michael McGlynn on their “Celtic Chorale” concert series.

“We are thrilled to have Michael McGlynn as a part of our March concerts,” said Artistic Director Charles Bruffy. “He is an incredible composer and musician, and after working with him last summer, I am glad he is able to join us for a few days in Phoenix – hopefully he’ll bring some Irish green with him to the desert!”

The Phoenix Chorale has teamed up with the Kansas City Chorale, also under the direction of Charles Bruffy, to bring Michael McGlynn to the United States. The week before his Phoenix visit, McGlynn will visit the Kansas City Chorale in Kansas City for their concert series, “The Music of Ireland,” on March 8-9, 2014.

Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1964, Michael McGlynn is a composer, singer, educator, and director. McGlynn’s compositional language combines elements of medieval and traditional music with jazz-tinged chordal clusters and a distinctive melodic sensibility. His choral music has been recorded and performed by vocal ensembles including the BBC Singers, The Dale Warland Singers, Cantus, Conspirare, Chanticleer and both the Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale. In 1987, McGlynn founded Ireland’s National Choir Anúna which has produced and recorded sixteen albums and has been featured on three Grammy-winning albums with the Chieftains, Sting, and Elvis Costello.

“I believe that the Phoenix Chorale is among the top performing choral ensembles on the planet today,” said Michael McGlynn, “It is a huge honor for me to be involved in this amazing and eclectic exploration of the songs and stories of my homeland. I am so proud to have this amazing opportunity to introduce my original music arrangements to the Phoenix audience.”

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In addition to the concert series, the Phoenix Chorale has partnered with the Irish Cultural Center to provide two free events: a Lecture Demonstration on the Irish Vocal Tradition on February 25, and the Free Open Rehearsal on March 7 featuring the Phoenix Chorale and special guest performers from the Irish Cultural Center.

LECTURE DEMONSTRATION on the Irish Vocal Tradition
February 25, 2014 –
7:00 pm at Irish Cultural Center (1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)
Chas Moore, Head Librarian of the Irish Cultural Center McClelland Library and special guests, gives a special Lecture Demonstration on the Irish Vocal Tradition. The lecture spans from old lyric poetry which developed into solo singing style, to the music of the 1960’s, and ends with discussion about the music of Michael McGlynn and his choral ensemble Anúna. This event is presented by the Irish Cultural Center McClelland Library with support from the Phoenix Chorale.

March 7, 2014 –
6:30-9:30 pm at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix)
No tickets, no reservations are required for the Phoenix Chorale’s Free Open Rehearsals! Get a special behind-the-scenes look at the music in the making. The Phoenix Chorale will be preparing for their upcoming “Celtic Chorale” concert series and the evening will feature special guest performers from the Irish Cultural Center.


Dúlamán” is a setting of a traditional Irish poem and it also one of Michael McGlynn’s most successful choral works. The text of the song may have been sung long ago when the people of Ireland carried seaweed from the shores to plant potatoes.  “Cúnnla” is also derived from a traditional Irish text. “The Flower of Maherally,” “Siúil a Rúin,” and “‘Sí do Mhaimeo Í are all arrangements of traditional Irish songs. “Fionnghuala” is derived from a traditional Scottish melody and text.

“Sanctus” is a part of McGlynn’s “Celtic Mass” and is one of his best-known pieces. The piece is an homage to 11th century German poetess and composer Hildegard of Bingen and her beautiful chant writing. Other sacred pieces include “Christus Resurgens,” a dramatic arrangement of an Irish chant from the 12th century, and “Pie Jesu,” written in commemoration for those who died in the Omagh car bombing in Northern Ireland in August 1998.

Both “August,” a piece for men’s voices, and “When the War Is Over,” a piece for mixed voices, are adopted from texts by Francis Ledwidge. Ledwidge was an Irish war poet who passed away during World War I. “Media Vita” contains text written by Notker the Stammerer, a 10th century musician, author, and Irish monk. The text for “Illumination” comes from the tombstone of James Galwey (d.1627) at St. Multose Cathedral in Kinsale. It translates to:  “Whoever it is that passes here, read this, stop, and shed a tear. I was as you are, and you shall be what I am now. Pray for me.”

Amhrán na Gaoithe,” or “Song of the Wind” is inspired by the fisherman and their families of Ireland’s Blasket Islands.  The winds that would blow would create “ghost melodies,” which is what ultimately encouraged the creation of the piece. Intended for high voices, “Jerusalem” contains a melody originally from Ireland. The piece uses a form of singing called heterophony and comes from “The Kilmore Carols.” “The Wild Song” was commissioned by Finnish ensemble Rajaton. The text describes the search for “a wild place within everyone.” Other pieces include “An Oíche,” a love song in the Irish language, “Hinbarra,” consisting of pieces from existing song texts to depict the lives of fisherman, and “Geantraí,” which uses texts from various children’s verses.


CELTIC CHORALE – March 9 & 15-16, 2014
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us, as we journey to the Emerald Isle with song and merriment. We’ll serenade you with traditional Irish airs, wistful love songs, and lilting Celtic tunes – all written and arranged by Irish composer Michael McGlynn.

Sunday, March 9, 2014 – 4:00 pm
at Miami High School Auditorium (4739 S. Ragus Road, Globe, AZ)
*This concert is presented by the Globe Miami Community Concert Association. To purchase tickets for this concert only, call 928-425-6466 or 928-425-9236.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 2:00 pm
at All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church (9502 W. Hutton Dr., Sun City)

Saturday, March 15, 2014 – 7:30 pm
at Central United Methodist Church (1875 N. Central Ave., Phoenix)
*KBACH Pre-Concert Talk begins at 7pm

Sunday, March 16, 2014 – 3:00 pm
at Camelback Bible Church (3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley)

Tickets:            $29 General Admission; $13 Students
Seniors & Military receive $5 off General Admission price.
All tickets are $5 more at the door.

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

25 & UNDER Rush Tickets: Starting 15 minutes before concert time, anyone 25 years old 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.


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ABOUT MICHAEL MCGLYNN – Born in Dublin, Ireland, Michael McGlynn is a composer, singer, educator, and choral director. McGlynn’s musical language combines elements of medieval and traditional music (modality, ornamentation, and drones) with jazz-like chordal clusters and a distinctive melodic sensibility. Many of these elements can be heard in his “Agnus Dei” (2007), commissioned by Chanticleer for their multi-composer work “And on Earth Peace: A Chanticleer Mass.” His best-known choral work is “Dúlamán” (1995), a setting of the traditional Irish poem of the same name. His choral music has been recorded and performed by vocal ensembles such as Rajaton, the National Youth Choir of Great Britain, the Dale Warland Singers, Conspirare, the BBC Singers, Kansas City Chorale, Cantus, the Phoenix Chorale and Chanticleer. In addition to composing, he has led several workshops and seminars all throughout the world and was even a guest judge and vocal advisor for Finland’s version of X-Factor. In 1987, he founded Anúna, an Irish choral ensemble which has recorded over 16 albums. The ensemble repertoire frequently features compositions and arrangements by McGlynn himself. He is also a tenor soloist as was featured on a number one single in 2004 entitled “True Friends” with Jerry Fish. He currently resides in Dublin. More information can be found at

About Charles Bruffy: One of the most admired choral conductors in the United States, the GRAMMY® Award winning conductor Charles Bruffy began his career as a tenor soloist, performing with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers in recordings and in concerts both in France and at Carnegie Hall in New York. Shaw encouraged his development as a conductor and in 1996 he was invited by American Public Media’s ‘Performance Today’ to help celebrate Shaw’s eightieth birthday with an on-air tribute. In 1999, The New York Times named him as the late, great conductor’s potential heir. He has been Artistic Director of the Kansas City Chorale since 1988, the Phoenix Chorale since 1999, and of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus since 2008. He conducts workshops and clinics across the US; is a member of the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde; and served on the Board of Chorus America for seven years. Respected and renowned for his fresh and passionate interpretations of standards of the choral repertoire and for championing new music, Charles Bruffy has commissioned and premiered works by composers such as Jean Belmont, Ola Gjeilo, Matthew Harris, Libby Larsen, Zhou Long, Stephen Paulus, Stephen Sametz, Steven Stucky, Eric Whitacre, and Chen Yi. Under his supervision, the Roger Dean Company, a division of the Lorenz Corporation, publishes a choral series specializing in music for professional ensembles and sophisticated high school and college choirs. His eclectic discography includes five recordings for Chandos Records.

ABOUT THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER – Located in downtown Phoenix, the Irish Cultural Center is a non-profit organization that provides programs, classes, festivals, exhibits, and special events pertaining to several aspects of Irish and other Celtic cultures. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00AM-3:00PM. More information can be found at

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