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The Phoenix Boys Choir names Executive Director

BruskasThe Phoenix Boys Choir announces the appointment of Kristen Bruskas as their new Executive Director beginning September 2, 2014. Bruskas was chosen as the ideal person to lead the Choir after an extensive search was conducted. “Kristen Bruskas is a wonderful addition to the Phoenix Boys Choir team. Her combination of experience, enthusiasm and love for the arts will take us to new heights,” says Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Jae Christensen.

Kristen Bruskas has worked in the non-profit sector for over 20 years, holding various positions in marketing, development and administration. She has a passion for music as well, previously serving as a part-time choir director for 25 years, and also establishing the position of Performing Arts Director for the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley. Bruskas has also held positions at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Scottsdale, Arizona Opera and, most recently, the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. She was previously affiliated with the Phoenix Boys Choir in the early 1990s, serving on the Board of Trustees when the Choir acquired its current building at 1131 E. Missouri Ave. Artistic Director Georg Stangelberger stated, “I am excited to be working with someone who has known the choir for such a long time having been a former Board Member and who has such extensive experience in the Phoenix arts community.”

Bruskas’ appointment follows the successful tenure of Kathryn Murphy who has been guiding the organization as Interim Executive Director since April 2013 after the resignation of long-time Executive Director Dick Bowers.

“I am honored to accept this new responsibility and share my skills and talents with such an esteemed organization as the Phoenix Boys Choir. Having been a long-time resident in the Valley, the Phoenix Boys Choir has a reputation of excellence and I am committed to the growth of the choir both in terms of musical participation and with regard to community support and engagement,” Bruskas stated.

The Phoenix Boys Choir season opens with the popular Thursday Concert Series beginning September 25. Three main concerts will be performed throughout the Choir’s 66th season, starting with “A Phoenix Boys Choir Holiday” running in December, “Crowning Glory” in February and “Winning Spirit” in May.

For more details, visit www.phoenixboyschoir.org or call (602) 264-5328.

Tito Munoz conducting the Cleveland Orchestra

Maestro Muñoz Makes Debut Sept. 19-20

The Phoenix Symphony launches its 2014-15 season and Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz’ inaugural season with Carl Orff’s Carmina burana on September 19 and 20 at Symphony Hall. For this special occasion, Sandra Day O’Connor, Former Supreme Court Justice and prominent supporter of arts in Arizona, will conduct our nation’s national anthem before Sept. 20’s concert.

Audiences are invited to witness a historic weekend with The Phoenix Symphony as Maestro Tito Muñoz makes his debut as the Symphony’s eleventh Virginia G. Piper Music Director. Maestro Muñoz leads a powerful program with the majestic and scenic cantata, Carmina burana, featuring the famous “O’Fortuna” movement heard in numerous movie and television commercial scores. The Phoenix Symphony is joined by The Phoenix Symphony Chorus, the Phoenix Boys Choir, and features soloists soprano Mary MacKenzie, tenor Christopher Pfund, and baritone Corey McKern.

This 1936 cantata is based on a set of poems and dramatic texts from the 11th through 13th centuries that deal with subject matter such as greed, love, lust and gluttony. Upon its debut, Orff’s Carmina burana attained instant success and continues to be one of the most oft-performed classical works in the repertoire. This magical program also features Igor Stravinsky’s adventurous Firebird Suite, a masterwork of personal significance to Maestro Muñoz. “I am eager to bring on of my personal favorite pieces of music to Phoenix, The Suite from The Firebird, which is one of the first pieces of orchestral repertoire I learned in my youth, alongside the majestic and celebrated Carmina burana,” says Muñoz.

Tickets start at $18 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 602-495-1999 or online at phoenixsymphony.org.


Phoenix Boys Choir Pays Homage to NYC

Never before has a city been the inspiration for so many songs, movies and theatre productions.  The Phoenix Boys Choir pays homage to the muse for screen writers, play writers and songwriters at the Spring Pops Concert “PBC LOVES NYC” on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:30pm at Virginia G. Piper Performing Arts Center at Xavier College Preparatory (4710 North 5th Street, Phoenix). Advance Tickets: $27/preferred, $22/general admission, $17/seniors, youth (12 & under). All tickets $25 at the door.

Whether you live on Main Street or Broadway, uptown, midtown, or downtown, the countless songs inspired by this great American city are not only familiar, but are a part of our national culture and identity.  Take a musical tour of The Big Apple with the Phoenix Boys Choir and hear music from songwriters like Alan Menken, George M. Cohan, Stephen Sondheim, and the Bee Gees. You’ll even hear a tune from Alicia Keys. We’ll travel on Broadway through Manhattan, over the Brooklyn Bridge, hop through Harlem, lay down some beats in the Bronx, dance down 42nd Street, climb aboard the “A” Train, and stroll the sidewalks from the East Side to the West Side, and all around the town!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixboyschoir.org or call (602) 264-5328 x21.


Celebrity Fight Night raises $7.2 million

On Saturday, March 23, 2013 stars and athletes from around the country converged on the J.W. Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, Arizona for Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night XIX. The evening opened with the singing of the National Anthem by the Phoenix Boys Choir in which a rare Bald Eagle was released into the room. GRAMMY Award winning leading lady of country music Reba McEntirereturned for her eighth year as emcee, kicking off the night by introducing a special performance by Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. With Muhammad Ali on stage, international superstar Jennifer Lopez, actor and musician Steve Martin, and philanthropist and owner of the Washington Companies Dennis Washington, were honored with the 2013 Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night Awards. The awards portion of the evening concluded with a special video tribute to Muhammad and Lonnie Ali from legendary musician Paul McCartney.

Following the awards guests were treated to a host of performances under the direction of the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter and producer David Foster, who returned for his 14th consecutive year as the evening’s Musical Director. Performers included Billy Ray Cyrus who sang “Hillbilly Heart,” “Achy Breaky Heart,” and “Johnny B. Goode,” along with American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart who sang her rendition of “Bennie and The Jets.” Actress and musician Rita Wilson returned to the Celebrity Fight Night stage to perform “Personally,” followed by the winner of The X Factor, Tate Stevens, who sang “I Got This,” and “Power of a Love Song” for the crowd. Andrea Bocelli gave an unforgettable performance including songs “Ave Maria,” “Funiculì, Funiculà,” Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender,” “O sole mio,” “Con Te Partirò,” and a special duet of “Quizás Quizás Quizás” with Jennifer Lopez, marking the first time the duo have ever performed together. Jennifer Lopez closed out the evening with incredible performances of “Get Right,” “Love Don’t Cost a Thing,” “Club Tropicana,” “Let’s Get Loud” and “On the Floor.”

The black tie event also featured cocktails, a silent auction, an elegant dinner and an exciting live auction featuring one-of-a-kind luxury items. The live auction featured a dinner with Reba McEntire at her Beverly Hills, CA home, with special guests Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and David Foster, which went for a total of $800,000 – two bidders paying $400,000 each. Tom Hanks also threw in two tickets to his upcoming Broadway show “Lucky Guy” plus a backstage meet and greet via phone to seal the bids. Also included in the auction was a week long trip to Tuscany plus a special VIP performance by Andrea Bocelli followed by a private dinner with the musician himself, which sold for $550,000. Celebrity Fight Night XIX raised a total of $7.2 million benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. Each year dozens of celebrity guests attend the event that has raised $87 million dollars in 19 years.

Additional celebrity guests included Billy Crystal, Yank Barry, Jerry Colangelo, Bo Derek, Keith Harkin, Evander Holyfield, Mannie Jackson, Michael Johns, Nancy Lieberman, Mario Lopez, Nick Lowery, Harvey Mackay, Joe Manganiello, Sam Moore, Frankie Muniz, Lute Olson, Chris Rich, Ralph Sampson, Kevin Sorbo, Verne Troyer, Kenny Williams and many more.