Since the debut performance in 1982, the Kansas City Chorale has provided audiences with a high caliber of choral artistry, performing a diverse repertoire of new and traditional music. Under Charles Bruffy’s leadership, the choir has garnered international recognition for artistic merit, having been praised for its refined sound, phrasing and flawless intonation.
As a cornerstone of the Kansas City performing arts community, the Chorale creates concert programs and recordings that educate, engage, provoke, and inspire listeners. The Chorale’s ongoing outreach efforts facilitate the development of local talent while providing students and their instructors with the opportunity to learn from world-class vocalists.
Beyond the traditional season of local concerts, Bruffy has brought the choir’s talent to the global stage. In 2009, Bruffy led the Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales in a moving performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. Highlights from the a cappella concert included “Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae” by Jaakko Mantyjarvi and “Drei Geistliche Gesänge” by 19th-century composer Josef Rheinberger. The New York Times review noted that Bruffy “…seemed to be sculpturing in air: carefully molding each finely hued note he coaxed from his choristers,” and “the choirs performed with a buoyant pulse and energetic finesse.”
In the same year, the Kansas City Chorale was invited as one of four choral groups—and the only one from the United States—to perform at the prestigious Incheon Choral Festival in South Korea. The group more recently performed at Canada’s Podium 2014, in Halifax, Nova Scotia—once again as the only American ensemble.
The Kansas City Chorale has an award-winning collection of albums with Chandos Records. The Chorale’s recording of Grechaninov: Passion Week, made with the Phoenix Chorale, received the 2007 GRAMMY® Award for Best Engineered Classical Album, and received three other nominations that year, including Best Classical Album. The Chorale expanded their discography with the 2012 release of Life and Breath: Choral Works of René Clausen, and it won GRAMMY Awards for Best Choral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical.
Additionally, SoundMirror senior producer Blanton Alspaugh won the GRAMMY Award for Producer of the Year, Classical, thanks in part to his contribution in recording Life and Breath. Most recently, the Chorale was thrilled to receive the Best Choral Performance GRAMMY nomination and win with the Phoenix Chorale for their 2015 joint recording of Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil.