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4 Grammy Nominations for the Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Bach Choir

4 GRAMMY Award Nominations for the Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Bach Choir

Nominations for their joint recording "Passion Week" include:
- Best Classical Album
- Best Choral Performance
- Best Surround Sound Album
- Best Engineered Album, Classical

(Phoenix, December 6, 2007) - The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) announced earlier today that the Phoenix Bach Choir and Kansas City Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy , have been nominated for four GRAMMYs for their joint recording of Alexander Gretchaninov's "Passion Week" on the Chandos label.

The Choirs scored four nominations for the 50th annual Grammy Awards, the music industry's highest honors, organizers said on Thursday. The two choirs have been nominated for 'Best Classical Album,' 'Best Choral Performance,' 'Best Surround Sound Album,' 'Best Engineered Album, Classical,' and producer of the disc, Blanton Alspaugh, was nominated for 'Producer of the Year, Classical.'

Other nominees in the Best Classical Album category are Renee Fleming's "Homage," Lorraine Hunt Liebersons's "Neruda Songs" and Ricardo Muti's "Cerubini: Missa Solemnis." Nominees in the Best Choral Performance category include recordings by Michael Gielen, Ricardo Muti, Simon Rattle and Antoni Wit.

Released in March 2007, "Passion Week" is the second of three joint recordings for the Phoenix Bach Choir and Kansas City Chorale and features the two choirs performing Russian composer Alexander Gretchaninov's Passion Week. Sung in Church Slavonic, BBC Music Magazine selected "Passion Week" as the Choral CD of the month in May 2007.

The Phoenix Bach Choir was signed to the Chandos label in 2004, releasing their first album, "Shakespeare in Song," that same year. Chandos is the world's largest independent classical record label, and the Phoenix Bach Choir is the first American Choir to have a solo album on the label. In November 2006, the Phoenix Bach Choir released its first joint recording with the Kansas City Chorale on Chandos Records with "Eternal Rest." Featuring the Phoenix Bach Choir in concert with the Kansas City Chorale, the two choirs perform the music of Swiss composer, Frank Martin, Finnish composer Jaakko Mantyjarvi, and Americans Rene Clausen and Frank Ticheli. Their most recent recording, "Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works" was released worldwide last month on Chandos. Phoenix Bach Choir CD's are available at

Joel Rinsema, Executive Director
Phoenix Bach Choir

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