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For Release: November 29, 2012 

Contact: Jen Rogers, Phoenix Chorale / 480-204-0101 /
Contact: Steve Weiss, No Festival Required / 602-265-9524 /  

Phoenix Chorale & Scottsdale Musical Arts

in association with NO FESTIVAL REQUIRED

present the Arizona premiere of


A Portrait of Composer


A Film By Michael Stillwater
A “Song Without Borders” production

“…a heartening rarity, a thoroughly intelligent classical-music program that strikes
an appropriate balance between words and music.”  
– Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal

(Phoenix, AZ) – The Phoenix Chorale and Scottsdale Musical Arts, in association with No Festival Required, have teamed up to present the Arizona premiere of Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen. This award-winning documentary by Michael Stillwater conveys the richness and breadth of the composer’s life and features a range of commentaries from composers and conductors around the world. Hosted by KBAQ 89.5 FM’s Sterling Beeaff, the special presentation is co-sponsored by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and takes place on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the SMoCA Lounge (inside SMoCA).

“We are pleased and honored to be the first in Arizona to present a screening of this film featuring Morten Lauridsen,  one of the truly great composers of our time,” said Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale. “The Chorale always enjoys performing his music and we’re very much looking forward to sharing this film with our audiences.”

“Gorgeous filmmaking and beautiful music from a contemporary genius, Shining Night is a must-see for those who love the performing arts!” said Steve Weiss, Executive Director of No Festival Required.

Shining Night celebrates the life and music of America’s most frequently performed choral composer, Morten Lauridsen, and the artist whom musicologist Nick Strimple has called “the only American composer in history who can be called a mystic.”

Exploring the relationship of art, nature, and spirituality, Shining Night reveals the composer through the lens of his love for the natural world together with his passion for music and literature. Shining Night has been described by Kay Pollack, director of Oscar-nominated film, As It Is In Heaven as “a masterpiece about a music master.”

Filmed between 2010-2011 in California, Scotland, Germany and Waldron Island, Washington, the documentary conveys the richness and breadth of the award-winning composer’s life, with a soundtrack featuring his masterworks – Lux Aeterna, O Magnum Mysterium, Nocturnes (Sa Nuit D’Ete, Soneto de la Noche, and Sure On This Shining Night), Dirait-On and Madrigali.

The feature-length film also includes commentaries by Dana Gioia (poet and chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, 2003-2009), Paul Salamunovich (director emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale), Robert Geary (artistic director of Volti and the San Francisco Choral Society) and Paul Mealor (composer and conductor of Con Anima and the University of Aberdeen Choral Society and Orchestra), as well as performances by San Francisco Choral Society, Volti, Aberdeen Choral Society and Orchestra, and Con Anima Chamber Singers.

Shining Night has earned multiple awards including “Best Documentary: DC Independent Film Festival” (2012), “Best Documentary, International Subject:  Eugene International Film Festival” (2012), “Nominated, Best Documentary:  Cincinnati Film Festival” (2012) and “Bronze, Oregon Film Awards Honorable Mention, LA Movie Awards.” Shining Night is the first in a series of feature documentaries by Song Without Borders – an independent project of New Mexican non-profit Living Bridges. Song Without Borders serves people reconnecting to their inner creative life, through the mediums of film, music recordings, and educational programs. For more about Shining Night, visit

Shining Night 5 minute trailer:
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Interviews and press tickets can be arranged by contacting Jen Rogers at 480-204-0101 or

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Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen
A Film by Michael Stillwater and a Song Without Borders production

January 19, 2013 – Friday at 7:30 pm (doors open at 7pm)

SMoCA Lounge (7374 E Second St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251)

Tickets are $7 – General Admission

Presented by Phoenix Chorale &  Scottsdale Musical Arts in association with No Festival Required and hosted by KBAQ 89.5 FM’s Sterling Beeaff.

HOW TO BUY TICKETS – Tickets can be purchased through the Phoenix Chorale’s website at or by calling 602-253-2224.


About the Phoenix Chorale: The Phoenix Chorale is regarded as one of the finest professional choral ensembles in North America. 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. 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. All Phoenix Chorale recordings can be found at

About Scottsdale Musical Arts: Scottsdale Musical Arts (SMA) is a multi-generational organization for singers and instrumentalists in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Our program consists of the Scottsdale Children’s Choirs and continues with opportunities for adult choral singers in the Scottsdale Choral Artists and adult orchestral players in the Scottsdale Arts Orchestra. SMA is an organization built on the principle that music has the power to change lives forever – whether the musician is young or old, trained or untrained. Music universally transcends all languages, socio-economic barriers, and enriches a community by fostering a positive environment of teamwork and expression through excellence in musical performance. For more information, visit

About No Festival Required: No Festival Required began with a sheet strung between two poles, a borrowed projector, a willing art-space, and an hour’s worth of short films gathered from great local and national directors. From its original home at Modified Arts in downtown Phoenix, the No Festival Required multi-part “almost monthly” shorts series ran over 600 shorts in 50 screenings from June 2002 to December 2007, and expanded its venues across the Valley, with traveling shows in other places like the Detroit Film Center. Feature-length documentaries, narratives, and experimental and subversive packaged shorts shows are now the main focus, programming venues as varied as the Phoenix Art Museum and the Superstition Dairy farm! Current projects include the “Building Community Cinema” series and monthly featured programming at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. For more information, visit

About Song Without Borders: Song Without Borders is an independent project of New Mexican nonprofit Living Bridges. Song Without Borders serves people reconnecting to their inner creative life, emphasising song and songmaking, through the mediums of film, music recordings, and educational programs. For more information, visit