Phoenix Symphony to release “Enemy Slayer” recording

Posted on: March 2, 2009

Friday’s (2/27) Phoenix Business Journal reports, “Music lovers can bring the Phoenix Symphony into their cars and living rooms next month, when the CD of its program ‘Enemy Slayer: A Navajo Oratorio’ debuts on the Naxos label. The CD is the fifth recording for the symphony, and the organization’s first release since 1994. The live album captures the sold-out world premiere of the piece as it debuted Feb. 7, 2008, at Symphony Hall under the leadership of Virginia G. Piper Music Director Michael Christie. The oratorio, composed by [Music Alive] composer-in-residence Mark Grey, features baritone Scott Hendricks and the 120 voices of the Phoenix Symphony Chorus. The work, a contemporary retelling of an ancient Navajo epic story, incorporates both the Navajo and English languages. The CD will be formally released on March 31 on the Naxos label.” Music Alive is a partnership between the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer.