For Immediate Release: January 11, 2011
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Box Office: 602-253-2224
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE
TO PARTICIPATE IN FLYING E RANCH RESIDENCY PROJECT
JANUARY 17-22, 2011
Residency culminates in a concert on January 22 at the
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
“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 participate in the Flying E Ranch Residency Project. This project is made possible through financial support from the Wellik Foundation and the Residency takes place at the Flying E Ranch on January 17-22, 2011. The Residency will culminate with an hour-long concert at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 22 at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.
The focus of the Residency is for the Phoenix Chorale to prepare the repertoire for their next recording project featuring the music of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. Mr. Gjeilo served as the Composer-in-Residence during the Phoenix Chorale’s 2009-10 Season.
Two free Open Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 20 at Mount Hope Assembly of God (550 Penn Lane, Wickenburg). These open rehearsals are free and open to the public and take place from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Tickets for the Saturday, January 22 concert at 3:00 pm at the Del Webb Center for the Performing Arts can be purchased by calling the box office at 928-684-6624 or online at www.delwebbcenter.org.
The Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in America. In the last two years its recordings have earned a combined total of eight Grammy Award nominations and two wins.
January 18, 2011 – Tuesday afternoon from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
January 20, 2011 – Thursday afternoon from 2:00-5:00 p.m.
Mount Hope Assembly of God (550 Penn Lane, Wickenburg)
*Free and open to the public
January 22, 2011 – Saturday afternoon at 3:00 p.m.
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts (1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd., Wickenburg)
*Tickets can be purchased by calling 928-684-6624 or online at www.delwebbcenter.org
About Ola Gjeilo: The music of Norwegian composer and pianist Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978) has been performed and recorded in more than 30 countries worldwide in venues including New York’s Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall, Los Angeles’ Disney Hall, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Miami’s Knight Concert Hall and Jackie Gleason Theatre, the Copenhagen Opera House, and the National Galleries in London and Washington D.C. 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.
About Artistic Direct 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. BBC Music Magazine has said of Mr. Bruffy, “The superlatives have already piled up against Charles Bruffy’s name, and deservedly so.” 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 the Phoenix Chorale: The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, 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 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. 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. Originally called the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix, the Phoenix Chorale was founded in 1958 as a small study group in the living room of Drs. Hal & Timona Pittman. At that time, the group focused on the music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Most recently, the Phoenix Chorale was known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, a name the group performed under for nearly twenty years. The Phoenix Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, 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.
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