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For Immediate Release: February 16, 2010

Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Email: jen@phoenixchorale.org

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE
TOURS NORTHWEST IN MARCH 2010
Tour includes two different concert programs;
March 12 at the Northwest Division ACDA Convention
and March 13 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

“Choral singing just doesn’t get much better than this. When it comes to purity of tone, daunting precision and superfine blend, Charles Bruffy’s remarkable Phoenix Chorale have it all – and then some!” – Gramophone

The Phoenix Chorale, whose recording, Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, was the winner of the 2009 Grammy Award for “Best Small Ensemble Performance,” will be appearing for two different concerts in Seattle, WA, March 12-13, 2010.

The March 12 “Grammy Night” is part of the Northwest Division American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Convention and also features the Soweto Gospel Choir. The March 13 concert, titled “Darkness & Light,” is the inaugural concert in a new series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. Both concerts include performances of the Phoenix Chorale’s Composer-in-Residence Ola Gjeilo’s newly commissioned work titled Dark Night of the Soul, written for choir, string quartet and piano – with Mr. Gjeilo on piano.

BBC Music Magazine has said of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, “The superlatives have already piled up against Charles Bruffy’s name, and deservedly so.”  Recordings by the Phoenix Chorale have been called “simply gorgeous” (International Record Review), “superb” (All Music Guide), and “remarkable” (Gramophone).

The Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in the world.  In the last two years its recordings have earned a combined total of eight Grammy Award nominations and two wins.  The Phoenix Chorale is dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, intermingled with more traditional concert literature.  This season the Phoenix Chorale celebrates its 51st Anniversary.

March 12, 2010 – “Grammy Night” of the Northwest Division ACDA Convention

This concert is part of the Northwest Division American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Convention and also features the Soweto Gospel Choir. The Phoenix Chorale’s “Grammy Night” program includes music from their recording “Eternal Rest” with Finnish composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi’s Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae. The concert also features Eric Whitacre’s A Boy and a Girl, Gabriel Jackson’s To Morning, selections from Morten Lauridsen’s Fire Songs, Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat Antiphons, Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel (arr. by Moses Hogan) and Phoenix Chorale Composer-in-Residence Ola Gjeilo’s newest work, Dark Night of the Soul (written for string quartet, choir and piano, with Mr. Gjeilo on piano). The concert starts at 8:00 pm and takes place at Seattle First Presbyterian Church (1013 8th Ave., Seattle, WA 98104). Tickets for this concert can be purchased by calling 253-854-8125 or by sending an email to Twyla Brunson at tbrunson@clearwire.com.  More information can be found at www.nwacda.org.

About the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA): Founded in 1959, the ACDA is a nonprofit music-education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. The ACDA also strives through arts advocacy to elevate choral music’s position in American society.  ACDA membership consists of choral directors who represent more than one million singers across the United States.

March 13, 2010 – “Darkness & Light” at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral

The Phoenix Chorale’s “Darkness & Light” program is the inaugural concert in a new series at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral. From darkness to light, the Phoenix Chorale explores the spectrum of emotions evoked in today’s choral music – love, loss, spirituality, innocence, joy and beyond.  These candlelit concerts include performances of Eric Whitacre’s With a Lily in Your Hand and This Marriage, John Tavener’s Village Wedding, Carlos Surinach’s Noche oscura del alma, Morten Lauridsen’s Nocturnes, James MacMillan’s A Child’s Prayer, Shawn Crouch’s Lullaby, and U2’s MLK (arr. by Bob Chilcott). The concert also features Phoenix Chorale Composer-in-Residence Ola Gjeilo’s newest work, Dark Night of the Soul, written for string quartet, choir and piano – with Mr. Gjeilo on piano.  Experience the Phoenix Chorale by candlelight on a journey of contemplative meditation and ethereal beauty.  The concert starts at 7:30 pm and takes place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (1245 10th Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98102). Tickets for this concert can be purchased by calling the St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral Book Store at 206-323-1040.

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.

 

About Composer-in-Residence Ola Gjeilo: The music of Manhattan-based Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) has been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide. His music has been featured on PBS in America, and on all the major Scandinavian TV channels. Mr. Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) has been commissioned by several ensembles, musicians and others worldwide, including Barbara Bonney, Solveig Kringelborn, Atle Sponberg, Philip Brunelle, the Edvard Grieg Society, St. Olaf College, Luther College, Ensemble Mendelssohn, and Chorale Arts Ensemble. His choral music has also been performed by elite choirs including the Kansas City Chorale, Conspirare, World Youth Choir, VocalEssence, Mogens Dahl Chamber Choir, BYU Singers, Norwegian Soloists’ Choir, and the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation’s Radiokoren. After studying for his Bachelor’s Degree at the Norwegian Academy College of Music in Oslo, the Royal College of Music in London, and the Juilliard School in New York, he completed his Master’s Degree in composition at Juilliard in 2006.  His publishers include Walton Music (US), Gehrmans (Sweden), and Musikk-Huset (Norway).  Walton Music became the exclusive publisher of his choral music in 2007.  Mr. Gjeilo’s first solo piano recording, Stone Rose, was released in 2007 and is available in stores worldwide. Ola Gjeilo is the Phoenix Chorale’s first composer-in-residence and his music will be featured throughout the 2009-10 Season.

 

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