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800 singers to perform at “Sing’n’Joy Princeton 2017”

February 10, 2017 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

From February 16-20, 2017 the world renowned Westminster Choir College in Princeton and INTERKULTUR will host 20 choirs from the United States and abroad to sing together in Friendship Concerts, compete in an international choir competition and celebrate the variety of international vocal music at the Sing’n’Joy Princeton Choir Festival.

They will be joined by composer and National Medal of the Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, the American Boy Choir and by the hosting choir of the Westminster Choir College.

Lauridsen, who is also Honorary Artistic President of organizer INTERKULTUR will act for the first time as adjudicator at an INTERKULTUR event and evaluate the choirs’ performances in the competition. His famous composition “O Magnum Mysterium” is one of the compulsory pieces that the participants can choose for the competition in category A – Difficulty Level I. As a special treat he will make a precious gift to the winning choir: the first page of the manuscript of “O Magnum Mysterium” – a truly memorable bonus from a truly great composer of our times.

He will further be the workshop leader at the seminar “The Relationship between Text and Music in the Choral Works of Morten Lauridsen”on February 19 at 11:30 am in the PHS Performing Arts Center.

Westminster Choir will present its Home Coming concert on February 18 at 8:00 pm at Princeton University as part of “Sing’n’Joy Princeton” 2017. Admission to the concert evening under the motto “A Thousand Years in Live” is free, but tickets are required.

The American Boy Choir is one of the best-known choirs in the United States. The American Boy Choir serves boys grade 1-4 from across the United States as well as other countries. On average the choir makes over 200 appearances in four to five major tours annually. At “Sing’n’Joy Princeton 2017” the American Boy Choir will perform in a Friendship Concert together with groups from China, Indonesia and the United States in the PHS Performing Arts Center at 8:00 pm on February 17.

Highlight of the Closing Concert on February 20, 2017 will be the announcement of competition results and the performance of the Sing’n’Joy Festival Choir consisting of participating choirs that rehearsed together during the time of the festival. They will perform two well-known pieces by Morten Lauridsen: “Dirait-on” and “Sure on this shining night”, conducted by the event’s Artistic Director, Romāns Vanags (Latvia).

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