Choirtap

2010 March 10
by Phoenix Chorale

Choirtap [k-wire-tap] – noun, verb, -tapped, -tapping, adjective.

-noun
1. a blog on, about, for and/or by the Phoenix Chorale. the act or instance of writing a blog about or pertaining to the Phoenix Chorale
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Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil

2015 January 15
by Phoenix Chorale

CHSA 5148Pre-order available now!

PHOENIX CHORALE & KANSAS CITY CHORALE
Charles Bruffy, Artistic Director
Release date: March 10, 2015

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Our new album, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, with the Kansas City Chorale, will be released March 10, 2015, the 100-year anniversary of this prestigious work’s premiere. Order your copy today and these high-quality Super Audio CDs will be available to ship and arrive on March 10, 2015 — a must-have addition to any choral aficionado’s music library!

 

March 7-8, 2015

2014 December 23
by Phoenix Chorale

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The Southwest is an expansive desert paradise, rich in hues, history, and heritage. Join us as we channel southwestern culture in concerts featuring Mexican Baroque music by Spanish-born composer Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, “Mesa Songs” by NAU’s award-winning composer Judith Cloud, and Brent Michael Davids’ “Native American Suite” featuring nine time Grammy-nominated Native American flutist, R. Carlos Nakai.

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Free Open Rehearsal

2014 December 23
by Phoenix Chorale

IMG_20140916_121301Friday, February 6

6:30-9:30 pm
at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral

No tickets required! We’ll be rehearsing for our “Desert Song” concerts (held Mar. 7-8) featuring music by Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla, Judith Cloud, and Brent Michael Davids. Everyone gets a free raffle ticket to try to win CDs and more!

We’re also presenting a special performance by students from Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children at 8:00 pm. They will perform art songs in Italian, German, and Spanish. Learn about Rosie’s House >>

And be sure to stop by the Olney Art Gallery for the opening night of their new exhibit featuring student artwork from Cesar Chavez Learning Academy. Over the fall, four Arizona artists (Carlos Rivas, Marissa Vidrio, Edgar Fernandez, and Monica-Gisel Crespo), have been teaching their craft to four Chavez school classes. Come see art by the students, as well as their mentors. The Olney Gallery is located near the courtyard labyrinth on the north side of the Trinity Cathedral campus. Learn more >>

Everyone is welcome at our Free Open Rehearsals! These events are casual so come as you are, whenever you want, and stay as long as you’d like.

Mark your calendar! We’ll host 1 more Free Open Rehearsal this season: April 17, 2015.

 

Soprano in the Spotlight: Carmel Groenwald

2014 December 17
by Phoenix Chorale

1 Groenwald CarmelThis season, we are happy to welcome new singers to the Chorale. To get acquainted with our new friends, we’re going to feature each of them right here on ChoirTap this season.

Carmel Groenwald is the newest addition to our SOPRANO section and happens to be featured with a solo in our upcoming A Chorale Christmas concert series. 

When or how did you start singing?  I started singing at a very young age listening to my mother and dad sing in church. It was always a joy to stand on the pew next to Dad and try to match the harmonies he was singing.

What excites you most about singing in the Phoenix Chorale? The most exciting part about singing with the Phoenix Chorale is that I am a part of the ensemble that served as a catalyst for my love of and pursuit of choral music. It’s a dream come true. It’s a challenge. Perhaps most importantly, it’s an opportunity for growth and development beyond what I thought I had potential for.

What is your favorite musical memory? Auditioning for a role in our High School Musical, Les Miserables and realizing I could sing soprano.

What was the first concert you attended?  The first concert I attended was a Christian festival in California on the fair-grounds called Spirit West Coast. There was many different stages, and tons of artists from the radio. We camped in a horse stall. It was fabulous.

What is your musical guilty pleasure? Dashboard confessional. The band that allows me to sing at the top of my lungs with all sorts of drama and vendetta.

What talent would you most like to have?  I would LOVE to be able to pick up any song for piano and be able to sight read it.

Favorite flavor of ice cream: Has to be coffee.

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you? Natalie Portman would definitely play my life. Brooding, thoughtful, joyous and loud.

Imagine you are stranded on a deserted island for all of eternity and you can bring 5 movies with you – what 5 movies would you bring?  I would bring

If you were an animal, what animal would you be? I would probably be a tropical bird of some sort. Loud.  Brightly dressed. Likes to be in groups.  Can fly away.

“A Chorale Christmas” program notes are available

2014 December 15
by Phoenix Chorale

Program notes for A Chorale Christmas are now available! Read Program Notes >>

CONCERT PROGRAM

Carols by Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978)

  • O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
  • In the Bleak Midwinter
  • God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

Sieben Magnificat Antiphonen - Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

  1. O Weisheit
  2. O Adonai
  3. O Sproß
  4. O Schlüssel
  5. O Morgenstern
  6. O König
  7. O Immanuel

A Spotless Rose – Ola Gjeilo

INTERMISSION

A Tribute to American Composer Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)

  • Make We Mery
  • The Road Home
  • Pilgrims’ Hymn
  • Spendid Jewel

Carols by Ola Gjeilo

  • Away in a Manger
  • The Holly and the Ivy
  • Coventry Carol
  • The First Nowell

See you this weekend!

Watch the Concert Trailer >>

All About This Bass

2014 December 3
by Phoenix Chorale

4 Herrera ChristopherThis season, we are happy to welcome new singers to the Chorale. To get acquainted with our new friends, we’re going to feature each of them right here on ChoirTap this season.

Christopher Herrera is the newest addition to our BASS section and today happens to be his birthday. Happy Birthday Christopher! 

When or how did you start singing? In 7th grade I was enrolled against my will in my junior high school choir. Apparently they were in dire need of male singers. I was awful; I couldn’t match pitch to save my life! Two years later, I sang my first solo. Since then, I’ve never looked back.

What excites you most about singing in the Phoenix Chorale? I think what excites me most is how singing with this ensemble has challenged my voice, my ears, and my brain in ways far different from the opera singing I’ve been doing for 14 years. Being a soloist is one of the best feelings. However, singing with a group of soloists with a common artistic goal is absolutely special.

What was the first concert you attended? It was in high school. My friends and I went to see the TLC concert at Magic Mountain in Los Angeles.

What is your favorite musical memory? My favorite musical memory would definitely have to be traveling with my undergraduate choir to the 2003 Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, a competition held in Wales and broadcast on the BBC. We ended up winning the top prize and were named the “Choir of the World!” It was such a dedicated and talented group of singers, so it was so awesome to see all of that hard work rewarded.

What is your musical guilty pleasure? 90’s gangster rap. It doesn’t get anymore opposite from classical music than that!

What talent would you most like to have? Circular breathing. Some of the phrases we sing in Phoenix Chorale can be deadly on one’s breath support.

Favorite flavor of ice cream? Cookie dough all the way!

If a movie was made about your life, what actor/actress would play you? I’m going with Meryl Streep because I think she can pull off anything! She’s fantastic!

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If you were an animal, what animal would you be? I’d be either of my dogs. They have a sweet life.

Stream “Of A Rose,” our Christmas Album, for free!

2014 December 2
by Phoenix Chorale

Of A Rose: A Chorale Christmas

In 2011 we released our first live recording titled Of A Rose: A Chorale Christmas. This compilation of Christmas music spans five years of holiday concerts performed in venues across the Phoenix metro-area between 2005 and 2010. To view notes, texts, and translations, click here.

Listen now! Just press play and stream the entire album online below.

For more information about all Phoenix Chorale recordings, click here.

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Concert trailer! is here for A Chorale Christmas

2014 December 1
by Phoenix Chorale

Our concert trailer for “A Chorale Christmas: Music by Arvo Pärt & Ola Gjeilo” is here!

This concert trailer features Phoenix Chorale alto Cora Blouch. Here she is behind the scenes recording the voiceover in her home studio.

Need concert tickets? Click here >>
Read about the concert here >>
Watch trailer online here >>

 

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