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Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Chorale perform music by Judd Greenstein on Saturday (6/9/12)

Location: Arizona, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
At 8:00 pm on Saturday, June 9, Charles Bruffy will lead the Phoenix Chorale in performing Judd Greenstein's Amergin (winner of the 2010 Trinity Composition Competition) and Lamenting in the Virginia E. Piper Theater of the Scottsdale Center for Performing arts (7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251). The performance is part of a kick-off event of an installation at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA - 7374 East Second Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251) representing the collaborative work of the "New Cataloge" artist group with composer Judd Greenstein, and the concert will feature the world premiere of "In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves," a commission for string quartet and solo viola. The installation, "This is a Present from a Small Distant World" takes it title from the recording  attached to the Voyager spacecraft, launched in 1977.
"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."
The inclusion of choral works by Greenstein, sung by the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale, brings the human voice to the instrumental and artistic collaboration. More details are available on the Phoenix Chorale's website ( on the SMoCA site ( and on the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts site (
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