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CONCERTS: Troy, Alice Tully Hall, NY, Charles Bruffy, Kansas City & Phoenix Chorales

Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale & Kansas City Chorale
to appear together on New York Tour

March 15, 2009 at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY
March 16, 2009 at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall

(Phoenix, February 17, 2009)

“Hearing both of Bruffy’s word-class choirs at once is a particular treat…
they never lose the crystalline purity of sound or tonal beauty that
Bruffy’s ensembles are known for. You won’t hear better balance, more
affecting musicality, or such exquisite phrasing from any other American
ensemble.” – American Record Guide

The Phoenix Chorale, whose recording, "Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin
Mary," was the winner of the 2008 Grammy Award for “Best Small Ensemble
Performance,” will be appearing with its sister organization, the Kansas
City Chorale, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on March 15, at 3:00 PM in
Troy, NY and at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall on March 16, at 8:00 PM in
New York, NY.

The newly renovated Alice Tully Hall reopened earlier this month after 18
months of remodeling and the March 16 concert features the Phoenix and
Kansas City Chorales in the first a cappella choral performance in the newly
renovated hall. Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, who has directed at Kansas
City since 1988 and at Phoenix since 1999, will conduct.

Both concerts will feature music from the Chorales three collaborative
recordings (each released on Chandos Records) including: the
often-overlooked choral music of Josef Rheinberger, from the 2008 Grammy
Award-nominated album "Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works;" the music of
Alexander Grechaninov, from the 2007 Grammy Award-winning album "Passion
Week;" and from "Eternal Rest," Frank Martin’s "Mass for Double Choir" (a
work well known among aficionados of choral music, but seldom performed
because
of its difficulty) and Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae, a piece written in
response to the shipwreck of the Estonia in the Baltic Sea by Finnish
composer Jaakko Mäntyjärvi.

“Winning the Grammy Award for Best Small Ensemble is wonderful affirmation
for the incredibly talented singers in the choir. It is the only classical
Grammy Award that recognizes the ensemble as well as the conductor," said
Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director of the Phoenix Chorale. "This award
recognizes singers past and present who have given so much of their time and
talent to help us achieve our recent successes.”

BBC Music Magazine has said of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, “The
superlatives have already piled up against Charles Bruffy’s name, and
deservedly so”. Recordings by the Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale
have been called “simply gorgeous” (International Record Review), “superb”
(All Music Guide), and “remarkable” (Gramophone). A list of Bruffy’s recent
commissions and premieres include works by Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre,
and Chen Yi.

The Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale are regarded as two of the
finest professional choral ensembles in the world. In the last two years,
they have earned a combined total of eight Grammy Award nominations and two
wins. The Chorales are dedicated to the creation and performance of new
music, which they intermingle with more traditional concert literature. This
year, the Kansas City Chorale celebrates its 27th Season. Also this year,
the Phoenix Chorale, formerly known as the Phoenix Bach Choir,
celebrates its 50th Anniversary.

March 15, 2009 - Troy Saving Bank Music Hall

The March 15 concert is a presentation of the Troy Chromatic Concert Series.
To obtain tickets or further information regarding this event, please visit
the Troy Chromatic Concerts website, www.troychromatics.org. Tickets can
also be purchased by calling the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall box office at
518-273-0038. For press tickets and interviews, please contact Jen Rogers,
at 480.204.0101 or jen(a)phoenixchorale.org.

March 16, 2009 – Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall

The March 16 concert is a presentation of Distinguished Concerts
International New York (DCINY). To obtain tickets or further information
regarding this event, please visit the Distinguished Concerts web site,
www.DCINY.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the DCINY box
office, 212.707.8566, x 307 or directly from the concert venue.

Students, Seniors and Singers can get discounted tickets for $15.
(Full price general admission is $50.) To receive the discount,
please call the box office (number give above, Mon-Fri, 10-6pm)
and mention code DCISIN.

Interviews can be arranged by contacting Jen Rogers, at 480.204.0101 or
jen(a)phoenixchorale.org For press tickets please contact Gene Wisniewski of
Distinguished Concerts International, at 212.707.8566, ext. 306, or
Gene(a)DCINY.org.

About DCINY: In just two short years, DCINY has joined the ranks of major
classical music production companies in America, nearly doubling its roster
of participating ensembles and attracting talent from all over the globe.
Among the events DCINY is honored to present this season are: one world and
two US premiere performances of major new works by Welsh composer Karl
Jenkins, which took place this past January 19, and the world premiere of a
new choral piece by American composer Eric Whitacre, this upcoming June 28.
Please visit www.DCINY.org for details regarding other highlights of DCINY’s
2009/2010 Season.

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Media Contact:
Jen Rogers
Director of Marketing & Communications
PHOENIX CHORALE (formerly the Phoenix Bach Choir)
480-204-0101
jen(a)phoenixchorale.org

www.phoenixchorale.org


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