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For Immediate Release
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Box Office: 602-253-2224
Email: jen@phoenixchorale.org


GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING PHOENIX CHORALE
OFFERS FREE THIRD FRIDAY OPEN REHEARSAL

The Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale will be hosting a free open rehearsal on Friday, April 16 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm.  This event, in preparation for the Chorale’s final program of the 2009-10 Season, will be the only chance to preview “Amazing Grace II,” prior to the program’s May 1 debut.
Rehearsal takes place inside Trinity Episcopal Cathedral along Roosevelt Row, which is accessible by car or Metro Light Rail via the Roosevelt Arts District stop.

This is the Chorale’s first open rehearsal on a Third Friday.  Thanks to this switch, visitors won’t have to contend with First Friday traffic and can visit the many downtown galleries that now have their artist receptions at this time.

The Chorale will hold a raffle at the rehearsal for great prizes from local organizations, including tickets to The Phoenix Symphony.  Proceeds will go to the Chorale’s “$30K in 30 Days” fund drive.  Arrive early—the first 50 visitors to the rehearsal will receive a goodie bag, including a free raffle ticket, music download, and more!

“Amazing Grace II” will be performed May 1, 2, and 9, and features the wide range of genres that make up American chorale literature.  Spirituals, hymns, bluegrass and more complement a new arrangement of “Amazing Grace,” and another world-premier piece by composer-in-residence Ola Gjeilo.

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 Chorale is dedicated to the creation and performance of new music, mixed with more traditional concert literature.  For information on the April 16th rehearsal, visit the Phoenix Chorale’s website at www.phoenixchorale.org or call 602-253-2224.

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.’ In its 51-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 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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