Jen Rogers, V.P. of Marketing & Communications
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For Immediate Release
PHOENIX CHORALE OPENS 2014/15 SEASON WITH
“REQUIEM: DAY OF THE DEAD” ON NOVEMBER 1-2
Also features world premiere of piece commissioned in memory of
Dr. Harvey K. Smith, conductor of the Phoenix Boys Choir
(Phoenix, AZ) – The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale opens their 2014/15 Season with “Requiem: Day of the Dead” on November 1 & 2. In several religious traditions around the world, the first days of November are celebrated as All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day, and they are familiar in Mexico and the American Southwest as Dia de Muertos or “Day of the Dead.” We’re honoring this weekend of observances through Requiem settings by two choral masters: Herbert Howells and Maurice Duruflé. Kansas City organist Jan Kraybill will be our featured guest performer and we’ll also pay tribute to Dr. Harvey K. Smith, beloved conductor of the Phoenix Boys Choir, with a world premiere written by J.A.C. Redford.
“Harvey Smith was a passionate man that endeavored to fill the world with music,” said Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale. “For almost 40 years, the work he did with the Phoenix Boys Choir gave the gift of music to many boys, and taught them valuable life lessons that transcend music. He is missed and will never be forgotten by all the many lives he touched throughout his life.” Dr. Smith passed away in 2012 and a new work by J.A.C. Redford was commissioned by his wife, Dr. Dorothy Lincoln Smith to celebrate her husband’s memory.
We’ll spend the evening remembering our loved ones through songs of transcendence, inspiration and uplift. The Howells Requiem examines the pain of loss, deep grief, and eternal hope; Duruflé wrote his Requiem for choir and organ in memory of his father. In the Chorale’s 57-year history, the Duruflé Requiem has only been performed once in 1999. This is the first time the Chorale will sing the Howells Requiem.
The Phoenix Boys Choir was founded in 1947 and from 1960 – 1999, Dr. Harvey K. Smith was their conductor and artistic director. He was vital to the creation, shaping and success of the organization. Dr. Smith not only taught generations of boys the art of singing, but he also helped them grow into confident young men through lessons of leadership, character building, discipline and global awareness.
ABOUT THE MUSIC – A requiem or a requiem mass, also known as Mass of the dead, is rooted in the Catholic church. Taking from the Latin noun requies, meaning rest or repose, requiems are intended to peacefully lay to rest the souls of the deceased. Originally liturgical texts were meant to be performed through chant but composers began to bring text to life through music in unique ways.
Requiem by Herbert Howells – Herbert Howells was born in England in 1892. The British composer wrote many pieces of music for organ and orchestra. Hymnus Paradisi was written in 1938 after the death of his infant son. Much of Hymnus Paradisi comes from Requiem (1936) and wasn’t released for publication until 1980. The Requiem is a grand composition that does not follow the traditional structure of a requiem mass service using devotional psalms & scriptural passages from both Catholic and Anglican liturgies of the dead, rather than traditional liturgical texts for a latin Requiem. There are only six movements which are performed in both Latin and English and set for a cappella choir:
- Salvator Mundi (o saviour of the world)
- Psalm 32 (the lord is my shepard)
- Requiem aeternam (1)
- Psalm 121 (I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills)
- Requiem aeternam (2)
- I heard a voice from heaven
Requiem by Maurice Duruflé – Maurice Duruflé was born in France in 1902 and was a well-known organist. Published in 1947, his Requiem has been recorded and performed countless times since its release. Requiem encompases eight movements surrounding the loss of his father and the grief and despair that followed his passing. Duruflé built his composition on Gregorian chant structure; entirely in Latin, the composition follows the traditional mass with nine movements pertaining to the texts and procession of a traditional mass:
- Offertorium (Domine Jesu Christe)
- Pie Jesus
- Agnus Die
- Lux Aeterna
- Libera Me
- In Paradisum
He That Will Learn to Pray, Let Him Go to the Sea by J.A.C. Reford – J.A.C. Redford is a prolific composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor of concert, chamber, and choral music, film, television and theater scores, and music for recordings. He That Will Learn to Pray, Let Him Go to the Sea uses texts from George Herbert and various psalms. The composition was Commissioned for Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Chorale by Dorothy Lincoln-Smith in memory of Dr. Harvey K. Smith, beloved conductor of the Phoenix Boys Choir.
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HOW TO BUY TICKETS: Subscriptions and all tickets are now on sale and can be purchased through the Phoenix Chorale’s website: www.phoenixchorale.org 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.
“Requiem: Day of the Dead”
Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director
November 1, 2014 – Saturday afternoon at 2:00 pm
Lord of Life Lutheran Church
13726 W. Meeker Blvd., Sun City West
November 1, 2014 – Saturday evening at 7:30 pm
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix
November 2, 2014 – Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
5510 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Tickets: $32 Adults / $13 Students / Seniors & Military receive $5 off Adult admission price
All tickets are an additional $5 at the door
About Jan Kraybill : Renowned organist, Jan Kraybill currently serves as the Principal Organist for the Dome and Spire Organ Foundation, an affiliate of the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri. She regularly plays and oversees the care of the three largest pipe organs in the Kansas City metro area: the Community of Christ Auditorium’s 113-rank Aeolian-Skinner (installed in 1959) the Temple’s 102-rank Casavant (1993), and the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant (2012) at the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall, where she serves as Organ Conservator.
Dr. Kraybill and volunteer staff organists provide music for worship services and present free organ demonstration recitals at the Auditorium and Temple. Jan also co-coordinates the church’s Dome and Spire concert series, leads international hymn festivals, teaches workshops, and is a resource person for the denomination’s musicians.
Jan has a piano performance and education degrees from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, and a doctorate in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance. In 2010 she received the Fellow certificate from the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the highest certification available for organists, in 2010. More information is available at jankraybill.com
About J.A.C. Redford: J.A.C. Redford is a composer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor of concert, chamber and choral music, film, television and theater scores, and music for recordings.
Redford has written the scores for more than three dozen feature films, TV movies or miniseries, including The Trip to Bountiful, One Night with the King,What the Deaf Man Heard, Mama Flora’s Family and Disney’s Oliver & Company,Newsies and The Mighty Ducks II and III. He has composed the music for nearly 500 episodes of series television, including multiple seasons of Coach and St. Elsewhere (for which he received two Emmy nominations).
Collaborating with other artists, Redford has orchestrated, arranged or conducted for Academy Award-winning composers including James Horner, Alan Menken, Randy Newman, and Rachel Portman, as well as for Terence Blanchard, Danny Elfman, Mark Isham, Thomas Newman, Marc Shaiman, and Cirque du Soleil’s Benoit Jutras, on projects including The Little Mermaid, The Nightmare Before Christmas, WALL-E, Avatar, The Help, The Amazing Spider-Man and Skyfall.
Redford’s music is published by G. Schirmer, Roger Dean, Fatrock Ink, AnderKamp, Fred Bock and Plough Down Sillion Music. He is the author ofWelcome All Wonders: A Composer’s Journey, published by Baker Books. His many recordings include three collections of his concert, chamber and choral music, Eternity Shut in a Span, Evening Wind, and The Alphabet of Revelation. JACRedford.com
About the Phoenix Chorale: The GRAMMY Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, is regarded as one of the finest choral ensembles in North America. The Chorale has developed that reputation through live performances across the U.S. and in Canada, along with a series of recordings treasured by music lovers and played by radio stations around the globe.
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. In May 2014, the Phoenix Chorale and it’s sister choir, the Kansas City Chorale, recorded Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil” which will be released on Chandos Records later this season.
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. In its 57-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 from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture; support from Music at Trinity and Quail Distributing; and individual contributions from dedicated patrons, friends, and fans. More information is available at phoenixchorale.org.