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For Immediate Release: February 14, 2011
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101

The first FREE festival of classical music during First Friday
on Roosevelt Row on March 4, 2011; features performances by
Phoenix Chorale, AZ Opera Studio Artists, and many more

(Phoenix, AZ) – Classical Revolution PHX, a new advocacy group for classical music in the Phoenix Metro area, is presenting the first-ever mini classical music festival in downtown Phoenix titled “Classical Revolution Phoestival” on First Friday, March 4, 2011. The Classical Revolution Phoestival is a free event and begins at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the festival features multiple stages and a variety of chamber ensembles and solo artists from across the Phoenix Metro area including a woodwind trio, opera singers, saxophone quartet, brass quintet, classical guitar, and more.

Performers include the Phoenix Chorale, Marion Roose Pullin Arizona Opera Studio Artists, Paradise Winds, Estrella Consort, Paradisa!, Valley Brass Quintet, guitarist Joseph Higginbotham, a demonstration of the Great Cathedral Organ at Trinity Cathedral, and more. Music will take place on multiple stages including Atwood Hall, Olney Gallery, in the Cathedral, outside in the Labyrinth and upstairs in the Auditorium. A finalized schedule of performances and times will be available soon.

“The ‘Classical Revolution’ began in San Francisco in 2006 at the Revolution Café amongst a group of classical musicians wanting to bring the timeless themes of Haydn, Beethoven, and Shostakovich into a more casual coffee house setting. Their purpose was to break down the traditional expectations of classical music by making it truly accessible,” says Joseph Kluesener, co-founder of Classical Revolution PHX. “We wanted to bring some of the same energy here to Phoenix. It’s such a great concept and with so many classical music happenings in Phoenix, it just makes sense to take this music into the community – on public transportation, into pubs, open spaces, alternative venues, and beyond – and expose the art form to new audiences.”

The Classical Revolution Phoestival coincides with the Phoenix Chorale’s First Friday Free Open Rehearsal from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, which features the Phoenix Chorale in preparation for their final concerts of the season, “The Rhythm of Life” in April. First Friday Free Open Rehearsals are free and open to the public and take place inside Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, located at 100 W. Roosevelt Street along Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Parking is free at all Phoenix Chorale events; or take the Metro Light Rail to the Roosevelt Arts District stop.

Classical Revolution Phoestival is made possible with the support of the Phoenix Chorale, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Arizona Opera, ASU School of Music and KBAQ 89.5 FM. The Phoenix Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants and funding from Cathedral Center for the Arts, Sundome Performing Arts Association, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. For more information, please visit the Phoenix Chorale’s website at or call 602-253-2224.

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About Classical Revolution PHX (CRPHX): Classical Revolution PHX aims to bring chamber music to the masses, stripping away the classical music ‘pedestal’ by performing in unusual spaces and making the music accessible to the public. CRPHX is here to invigorate audience interest, break traditional expectations of ‘classical’ music, demonstrate the connection between humanity and classical music and present concerts involving traditional and non-traditional approaches. CRPHX performances will take place in cafes, pubs, clubs, homes, on public transportation, in open spaces and beyond – and can feature collaborations with local musicians and artists from various styles and backgrounds. More information is available at