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For Immediate Release: September 22, 2010

Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Email: jen@phoenixchorale.org
Box Office: 602-253-2224

FIRST FRIDAY FREE OPEN REHEARSALS
BEGIN OCTOBER 1, 2010 ALONG ROOSEVELT ROW
Phoenix Chorale prepares for season opening concerts “Nature Sings!”

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale continues hosting First Friday Free Open Rehearsals during Artlink’s First Friday Artwalk this season, with two in the fall and two in the spring. First Friday Free Open Rehearsals begin on Friday, October 1, from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, and will feature the Phoenix Chorale in preparation for their opening concerts of the season, “Nature Sings!” (October 30 and November 7).

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 Metro Light Rail to the Roosevelt Arts District stop.

First Friday Free Open Rehearsals offer an opportunity for the public to hear music in the making as the Phoenix Chorale prepares for the next concert series. Get a special behind the scenes look in this very casual, come-and-go as you please atmosphere. First Friday Free Open Rehearsals are a great way to round out your First Friday experience – check out visual art in nearby galleries and stop by and hear and see how musical art is made.

The Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in the world.  Its recordings have earned a combined total of eight Grammy Award nominations and two wins.  The Chorale is dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, mixed with more traditional concert literature.  For information on the October 1st rehearsal, visit the Phoenix Chorale’s website at www.phoenixchorale.org or call 602-253-2224.

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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 along 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 released Shakespeare in Song and became the first North American choir to release an album on U.K.-based Chandos Records, one of the world’s largest independent classical record labels. Since that release, the Phoenix Chorale has received a total of eight Grammy Award nominations, receiving nominations in the following categories two years in a row: “Best Classical Album,” “Best Choral Performance,” and “Best Surround Sound.” Their latest solo recording, Spotless Rose, received a Grammy Award for “Best Small Ensemble Performance” in 2009 and in 2008, Grechaninov: Passion Week, a joint-recording with the Kansas City Chorale, also won a Grammy Award for “Best Engineered Album, Classical.” Two other joint-recordings with the Kansas City Chorale have been released on Chandos; Eternal Rest and Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works.

In its 52-year history, the Phoenix Chorale’s conductors have included Millicent Wesley (the Chorale’s first conductor from 1958), Wallace Hornibrook, Dan Durand, Vance George, Anders Öhrwall, Jon Washburn, and Charles Bruffy.

The Phoenix Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants and funding from Cathedral Arts, Sundome Performing Arts Association, Arizona Commission on the Arts, City of Phoenix Office of Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. More information is available at www.phoenixchorale.org.