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You Say You Want a (Classical) Revolution…

Classical Revolution PHX has a goal “to bring chamber music to the masses by performing in unusual spaces and making the music as accessible as possible” – a goal this local organization certainly accomplishes with its upcoming annual event.

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The Fourth Annual Classical Revolution Phoestival takes place during downtown Phoenix’s First Friday Art Walk on April 4th (the fourth Phoestival on the fourth day of the fourth month – shouldn’t be hard to forget!). During the event, listeners can watch fifteen different ensembles perform throughout Trinity Episcopal Cathedral from 6:30pm-9:30pm. There is a little bit of something for everybody from chamber ensembles to solo performers – and even a bassoon quartet.

Hosting the event is none other than the Phoenix Chorale. We will be getting ready to “Rach” for our upcoming All-Night Vigil performances on April 26-27, 2014 with the Kansas City Chorale during a Free Open Rehearsal as a part of the Phoestival (though the Kansas City Chorale will not be joining us this time around).

The evening will include other groups such as:

Phoenix Early Music Society – The Phoenix Early Music Society aims to bring people together with interests in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music. They are sending a guitarist to perform.

Paradise Winds –  This wind ensemble started in 2005 with mostly masters and doctoral students at Arizona State University (go Devils!). Paradise Winds has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the state including The Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Clarinets for Conservation  – Clarinets for Conservation teaches clarinet to secondary students in Tanzania while raisnig awareness to protect the Mpingo, the tree that clarinets are made from – a unique interdisciplinary project promoting both music and sustainability!

Elliot Sneider –  Elliot Sneider is a composer, educator, and pianist. He is considered an expert on early “traditional” jazz and blues piano and created a one-man show about the lives and music of the Gershwins.

Drew Quiring & Jenna Daum – Drew, a pianist, and Jenna, a flutist, are performing as a duet during the Phoestival. Drew has studied piano at the university level for 10 years and it’s estimated that he’s played for over 10,000 hours. Jenna is an award-winning performer who has played with several ensembles throughout the country at both the local and national level.

The Phoestival will also include performances from Cornua Irae (French horn quartet), Siroccan Winds, Arizona Chamber Music Experience, ASU Brahms Quintet, violinist Sarah Schreffler, Bottomless Brass, pianist Xuelai Wu and flutist NaYoung Ham, and a demonstration of the Trinity Cathedral Organ by Erik Goldstrom.

You can find the schedule of performances below and find out more information about the event here.

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Oh – and the whole event is free. How great is that?

So come and enjoy some wonderful classical music on a Friday night for free at the Classical Revolution Phoestival. Hope to see you there!

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is located at 100 W Roosevelt St. More information about Classical Revolution PHX can be found at classicalrevolutionphx.org/

– Melissa McCann, Marketing & Communications Intern