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Phoenix Chorale 2011      Photo by: Tim Trumble

Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale plans album release party

GRAMMY® Award-winning conductor Charles Bruffy brings together his two professional choirs, the Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale, for this recording of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil (RACHparty.com). The scheduled release date on the Chandos label marks the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of the work given by the Moscow Synodal Choir on March 10, 1915.

            To celebrate the release of the recording and the 100th anniversary of the world premiere performance, the Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale have teamed up with Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s Choral Stream to host a worldwide listening party starting at 9:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. The listening event, or #RACHparty, features the live radio broadcast premiere of the complete album on the Choral Stream followed by an exclusive live video interview / hangout featuring conductor Charles Bruffy, singers from both choirs, and more. The #RACHparty will be hosted by the Manager of the Choral Works initiative for American Public Media and Choral Stream coordinator, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu. Full details at bit.ly/RachPartyMPR.

             Before the #RACHparty begins that evening, American Public Media’s Performance Today will broadcast a sneak preview of highlights from the new release to a national audience. During the broadcast, Performance Today host Fred Child will speak with artistic director Charles Bruffy and Dr. Vladimir Morosan, president of Musica Russica and a leading expert on Russian choral music. Child and Morosan will discuss the audience reaction to the premiere of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers and why the piece is still relevant today.

            The album can now be pre-ordered on iTunes which is also offering “Lord, Now Lettest Thou Thy Servant Depart in Peace” (Track 5) as an Instant Gratification download.

            This SACD recording of Rachmaninoff’s All-night Vigil follows live performances of the work by the combined ensembles in April and May 2014 in Phoenix and Kansas City. The Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale are regarded as among the finest professional choral ensembles in the world. Their recordings have earned a combined total of ten GRAMMY® Award nominations and four wins. Building on the success of previous collaborations, the performances marked the seventh time that the two choirs have performed together. Of their 2009 performance at Alice Tully Hall in New York, Vivien Schweitzer of The New York Times wrote that the choirs “performed with a buoyant pulse and energetic finesse’, and praised ‘the choirs’ refined sound and elegant phrasing.”

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Thirsty Thursday: Grammy-Inspired Cocktails to Sip in Style

Whether you are having a girl’s night in to watch all of your favorite music artists take the stage at the Grammy’s, or you are looking for a local hot spot to watch the most anticipated music award show of the season, here are a few cocktails from Ruffino Italian Cuisine that honor the “best of the best” in the music industry:

Twerk-tini: – In honor of Robin Thicke’s four nominations for “Blurred Lines,” twerk to the catchy song with a twerk-tini in your hand.

¾ oz Malibu Coconut Rum

¾ oz Frangelico hazelnut liqueur

¾ oz Absolut Citron

Shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish the glass with a twist of lemon and a sugar rim.

 

Roar-garita:  – Enjoy a Grammy twist on the classic margarita by adding amaretto instead of triple sec. The unique twist will make you want to Italian margarita and “Roar” along with Katy Perry during her performance.

1 ½ oz tequila

¾ oz amaretto

Mix these ingredients along with one splash orange juice. Pour into the glass and top it off with a sweet and sour mix.

 

Suit & Tie-ini:  – With “Suit & Tie”up for two nominations, we are sure to see a suited-up JT on the red carpet… and this martini is guaranteed to make JT look even better (if that’s even possible!).

2 ½ oz Rain Organics Cucumber Lime Vodka

Muddle basil leaves with a simple syrup. Squeeze fresh lime into a tin and shake all ingredients together. Serve with a basil leaf garnish.

 

Ruffino will be showing the Grammy’s on Sunday, January 26, and serving up these Grammy-inspired cocktails along with appetizer specials from 7 p.m. to close.

Ruffino Italian Cuisine is located in Ahwatukee and is one of the East Valley’s oldest Italian restaurants. It has been serving up handcrafted cocktails and homemade pastas since the ’80s. To learn more about Ruffino Italian Cuisine, or book a dinner and cocktails, visit ruffinoaz.com or call 480.893.8544.

Nate Ruess

Glendale singer wins 2 Grammys

Fun. is a double Grammy winner. The pop-rock trio was named best new artist.

The group bested Frank Ocean, who was buzzed to win. The band’s lead singer Nate Ruess, of Glendale native and graduate of Deer Valley High School, says he didn’t expect his group to win best new artist. They were up against Alabama Shakes, Hunter Hayes and The Lumineers.

Fun.’s “We Are Young” picked up song of the year early Sunday night. They also performed their new single “Carry On.”

Fun.’s sophomore album, “Some Nights,” was up for album of the year against Ocean, The Black Keys and Jack White as well as eventual winner Mumford & Sons.

Fun. was also nominated for best pop vocal album for “Some Nights,” and record of the year and best pop duo/group performance for “We Are Young.”