February 12, 2018
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Santa Fe Desert Chorale
Sean Johnson

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale (SFDC) has announced the forthcoming release of its first commercial recording, The Road Home (AVIE Records, AV2377). A CD release concert of repertoire selected from the recording will be held at Cristo Rey Church (1120 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501) on February 13, 2018, at 7:00 pm. Tickets are priced from $20 to $70, and are available for purchase at desertchorale.org, or by phone (505) 988-2282.

The concert repertoire performed by the all-professional Santa Fe Desert Chorale spans three centuries: from Shaker music of the 1800s to works by leading 21st century choral composers including Sydney Guillaume, Shawn Kirchner, Morten Lauridsen, and Stephen Paulus, whose composition The Road Home gives title to the recording. Additional American compositions not included in the launch concert may be heard on the recording. The recording may also be purchased at desertchorale.org.

The first commercial release in SFDC’s history was recorded at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, TX, will be released on the London-based AVIE label, and distributed in North America by NAXOS. Six-time GRAMMY® Award recipient Elizabeth Ostrow is the Producer and Brad Michel, recipient of the BBC Music Magazine Award for Technical Excellence in Recording and numerous Gramophone Awards, is the Engineer. The recording is underwritten by Faith Strong of California.

Following the Santa Fe release concert, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale will appear at the Joan W. and Irving B. Harris Theater (205 East Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60601) on February 15, 2018 at the invitation of Mary Kay Geston, DMA who serves as President of American Choral Directors Association North Central Division and Mark Munson who serves as Central Division President of the American Choral Directors Association.

On March 15, 2018, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale will appear at the First United Methodist Church (500 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101) at the invitation of Travis Rogers, President of the Western Division of the American Choral Directors Association. While at the conference, Artistic Director Joshua Habermann will lead a choral workshop on programming with demonstrations by the vocalists from the Chorale.

Both ACDA performances are for conference participants only, and not open to the public.

The mission of the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, one of the nation’s premier professional vocal ensembles, is to excite, engage, and inspire diverse audiences with the beauty and power of great choral music. For more information on the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, please visit: desertchorale.org

Press Contact: For more information, images, or to arrange press seats, please contact Janice L. Mayer, Executive Director Janice@desertchorale.org and (505) 988-2282, ext. 5

Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm 
Event: CD Launch & Concert
Venue: Cristo Rey Church, 1120 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 8:30 pm
Event: Regional ACDA Joan W. and Irving B. Appearance
Venue: Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601

Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
Time: 8:00 pm
Event: Regional ACDA
Venue: First United Methodist Appearance Church, 500 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101

Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Time: 10:30 am
Event: ACDA
Venue: Western First United Methodist Church 

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