For Immediate Release: February 15, 2012
Contact: Jen Rogers, 480-204-0101
Box Office: 602-253-2224
CLASSICAL REVOLUTION PHOESTIVAL
Second annual FREE classical music festival
on March 2, 2012; features Phoenix Chorale, Paradise Winds,
Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Siroccan Winds and much more
(Phoenix, AZ) – Classical Revolution PHX, an advocacy group for classical music in the Phoenix Metro area, is presenting their second annual classical music festival in downtown Phoenix titled “Classical Revolution Phoestival” on First Friday, March 2, 2012. The Classical Revolution Phoestival is a free event and begins at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the Phoestival features multiple stages and a variety of chamber ensembles from across the Phoenix Metro-area including a percussion ensemble, wind quintet, brass quintet, a demonstration of the cathedral organ, and more.
Performers include the Phoenix Chorale, Arizona Chamber Orchestra, Arizona School for the Arts Percussion Ensemble, Estrella Consort, Ocotillo Brass Quintet, Paradise Winds, Siroccan Winds, Tempe Opera Group, and a demonstration of the Great Cathedral Organ by Erik Goldstrom. Music will take place on multiple stages including Atwood Hall, in the Cathedral, outside in the Labyrinth, and upstairs in the Auditorium. A schedule of performances will be available soon.
“Our goal with Classical Revolution and the Phoestival is to change the way people perceive classical music by removing the long-associated stigmas of large concert halls and high society. Audiences – regardless of background – can relate to and enjoy classical music,” says Joseph Kluesener, co-founder of Classical Revolution PHX. “The Phoestival offers a veritable chamber music buffet with irresistible bites of the thriving chamber music scene in Phoenix. With the multi-stage set-up at Trinity Cathedral, attendees can sample sounds to their heart’s and ear’s content.”
The Classical Revolution Phoestival coincides with the Phoenix Chorale’s Free Open Rehearsal from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, which features the Phoenix Chorale in preparation for their upcoming March 10-11 concerts, “Rock of Ages.” Free Open Rehearsals are free and open to the public and take place inside Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, located at 100 W. Roosevelt Street along Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. Parking is free at all Phoenix Chorale events; or take the Metro Light Rail to the Roosevelt Arts District stop.
Classical Revolution Phoestival is made possible with the support of the Phoenix Chorale, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona School for the Arts, and KBAQ 89.5 FM. The Phoenix Chorale, ensemble-in-residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix, is sponsored in part through grants and funding from Music at Trinity, Sundome Performing Arts Association, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, the National Endowment for the Arts, and Quail Distributing. For more information, please visit the Phoenix Chorale’s website at www.PhoenixChorale.org or call 602-253-2224.
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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 its 53-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.
About Classical Revolution PHX (CRPHX): Classical Revolution PHX aims to bring chamber music to the masses, stripping away the classical music ‘pedestal’ by performing in unusual spaces and making the music accessible to the public. CRPHX is here to invigorate audience interest, break traditional expectations of ‘classical’ music, demonstrate the connection between humanity and classical music and present concerts involving traditional and non-traditional approaches. CRPHX performances will take place in cafes, pubs, clubs, homes, on public transportation, in open spaces and beyond – and can feature collaborations with local musicians and artists from various styles and backgrounds. More information is available at www.classicalrevolutionphx.org.