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World Premiere by Composer Judd Greenstein

Concert features violist Nadia Sirota and members of the PHOENIX CHORALE
at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, June 9, 2012


(Phoenix, AZ) – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) will present the world premiere of In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves, a new work by composer Judd Greenstein, on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 8:00 pm.

Judd Greenstein, composer

Commissioned by the Center and SMoCA in conjunction with the exhibition This is a Present from a Small Distant World, Judd Greenstein’s In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves will feature violist Nadia Sirota along with a string quartet. Members of the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale will perform a selection of other works by Greenstein. The concert also will include an introduction by SMoCA Assistant Curator Claire Carter and commentary from Greenstein and Sirota.

SMoCA’s exhibition This is a Present from a Small Distant World takes its title from a recording launched into outer space in 1977 on the NASA Voyager spacecraft. The grand intention of this “Golden Record” was to communicate the entirety of Earth and human experience to an unknown, and in fact, unimaginable audience. To do this, astronomers, astrophysicists, linguists and mathematicians included music, recordings, pictures and text, along with the inscription “To the makers of music – all worlds, all times.”

Greenstein accepted the Golden Record’s challenge, asking what it would mean to teach music to an alien life form. His score, In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves, reaches for the emotion and agency of music to describe the Earth.

Judd Greenstein is a Brooklyn-based composer of structurally complex, viscerally engaging works for varied instrumentation. A passionate advocate for the “indie classical” community in New York and beyond, Greenstein writes much of his work for the virtuosic ensembles and solo performers who make up that community and tailors it to their specific talents and abilities.

Tickets are available for $19 online at or through the Patron Services Box Office at (480) 499-TKTS (8587). Student tickets are free. (Valid student I.D. required.)

“In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves”
Judd Greenstein, composer; Nadia Sirota with string quartet; and Phoenix Chorale

June 9, 2012 – Saturday evening at 8:00 pm
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale

Tickets: $19; Students free with ID or 480-499-8587

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This is a Present from a Small Distant World

Judd Greenstein, Luke Batten, Neil Donnelly, Mary Voorhees Meehan and Jonathan Sadler
On view at SMoCA from June 9 through Oct. 7, 2012

The artist group New Catalogue and composer Judd Greenstein bring their unorthodox experiments in visual art, traditional chamber instrumentation, composition, technology and design to SMoCA, marking the first collaboration among these five artists. Visitors will be absorbed into an immersive installation featuring an interactive feedback loop of synchronous auditory and visual experience.

Organized by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Sponsored by the SMoCA Salon.

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About Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts: One of the premier performing-arts halls in the western United States, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts showcases a diverse season of dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and film from around the world. More than 1,000 performances, educational programs, festivals and other events are presented and hosted at The Center each year serving 200,000+ visitors and contributing substantially to Scottsdale’s high quality of life and vibrant arts scene. The Center’s education and outreach programs reach more than 20,000 children and adults each year. Most performances take place in the state-of-the-art, 853-seat Virginia G. Piper Theater, recognized for its intimacy, superior acoustics and comfort. Additional venues include the 137-seat Stage 2 theater and neighboring 2,000-capacity Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is located on a beautifully landscaped, 21-acre urban park, a short walk from Scottsdale’s Old Town and gallery districts. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) and Scottsdale Public Art are managed by the nonprofit Scottsdale Cultural Council.

About the Phoenix Chorale: Arizona’s professional choir, the GRAMMY® Award-winning Phoenix Chorale is the first North American choir to record for Chandos Records, having made its first appearance on the label in 2004 with Shakespeare in Song. The choir’s first joint recording with the Kansas City Chorale, Eternal Rest, was released in 2005. The second, of Grechaninov’s Passion Week, was released in 2007 and received GRAMMY® nominations in four categories, including Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, and Best Surround Sound Album, and won a GRAMMY® Award for Best Engineered Album, Classical. In 2008, the Chorale released Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary which received GRAMMY® Award nominations in two categories, including Best Classical Album, winning a GRAMMY® for Best Small Ensemble Performance. Also in 2008, the choir’s third joint recording with the Kansas City Chorale, a disc of sacred choral works by Rheinberger, was released and received GRAMMY® nominations for Best Choral Performance and Best Surround Sound. Audiences around the globe have enjoyed the sounds of the Phoenix Chorale also through broadcasts, including American Public Media’s ‘Performance Today’. In 2009, the choir made its New York debut with the Kansas City Chorale (also under the direction of Charles Bruffy) in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. The New York Times referred to the choirs’ ‘refined sound and elegant phrasing’ as well as ‘vivid intensity’, and praised the performance for its ‘buoyant pulse and energetic finesse’. Formerly known as the Phoenix Bach Choir, the Phoenix Chorale was founded in 1958 by Drs Hal and Timona Pittman. It originally focused on music of the Renaissance and baroque periods, but today is equally dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, which it intermingles with more traditional concert repertoire.