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For Immediate Release: April 22, 2010
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Office: 602-253-2224
Email: jen@phoenixchorale.org

DOWNTOWN COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER
FOR PHOENIX CHORALE PHOTO SHOOT
Contributors include Clarendon Hotel, Buffalo Exchange, Atmosphere Salon, HalfManHalfMachine, Tempe Camera, Stinkweeds, and ASU Students

The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, Arizona’s professional a cappella choir, will be featured in a photo shoot at the Clarendon Hotel in Phoenix on April 24, 2010.

Members of the downtown community have pooled resources to make this photo shoot possible.  Buffalo Exchange will be providing clothing for the singers to wear for the shoot.  Atmosphere Salon will be donating hair and makeup stylist services.  Derek Welte of Half Man Half Machine will be taking group and section shots, and ASU students will be taking individual headshots of the singers.  Tempe Camera will provide set lighting.

Also, Stinkweeds, a local record store that has supported Arizona musicians for over 23 years, has provided funding for refreshments during the photo shoot.

The shoot is designed to move classical musicians into a more contemporary and slightly edgy direction, with the hope of making the singers and the ensemble appear more accessible to audiences.

Interviews and press tickets can be arranged by contacting Jen Rogers, at 480.204.0101 or jen@phoenixchorale.org.

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.

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