|Another Outstanding Serenade! Festival|
"Choral music brings people together, literally and figuratively, and the Serenade! Choral Festival...is celebrating that unifying power." (The Washington Post)
All choirs join together for the finale of the Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival with Philip Brunelle conducting.
The Serenade! Washington, DC Choral Festival celebrated its 2012 season with unprecedented press by numerous prestigious publications, including the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, and Washington Examiner. The Festival featured 18 concerts and events presented by 13 choirs from 5 continents and 7 countries The Minnetonka Chamber Choir
sings in the National Cathedral in Washington, DC as part of the Serenade! Festival.(Australia, Colombia, South Africa, Czech Republic, Namibia, Canada, and the USA), including 4 USA host choirs. The Festival also held 6 workshops/master classes and 2 premieres of new works commissioned by Classical Movements.
Members of the Young Adelaide Voices sing to an eager audience at the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, DC.Audiences around the metro DC area enthusiastically received the Serenade! Festival concerts, and many attended multiple concerts over the festival weekend. Some concert highlights included the Serenade! participants' Countermeasure puts on a fabulous show at the Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage in Washington, DC.performances at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Washington National Cathedral, National Presbyterian Church, St. Anne's Parish in Annapolis, and many other outstanding venues.
Serenade! featured the
Imilonji KaNtu members bring traditional South African Music to a South African event held at Arena Stage during the Festival.opportunity for two of the international choirs to share their music with fellow participants by hosting workshops. The Imilonji KaNtu Choral Society of South Africa and the Young Adelaide Voices of Australia presented workshops on their countries' traditional music and dance, allowing the Serenade! participating choirs to learn about the cultures of these fantastic countries.
Zvonky-Praha performs at St. Anne's Parish in Annapolis, Maryland as part of the Serenade! Festival.
Additional workshops were held by composer Aaron Jensen, whose new work We Are As One was premiered during the Festival. Philip Brunelle, leading choral clinician and director/founder of the highly acclaimed chorus VocalEssence, led the choirs in a workshop based on Stephen Paulus' piece When Music Sounds, whose East Coast premiere was featured during the Festival. Both of these new works were commissioned by Classical Movements as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.