Classical Movements' 7th Annual
Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival

JFK 100 & Peace Corps
"Celebrating Service with a Song"
With all 14 of our concerts finished, each of the 16 choirs safely back in their home countries, Classical Movements' Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration is officially in the books. And by every single account, our 2017 co-production with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts proved to be a grande fête, indeed.
“We are firm believers that in this small way we are changing the world
bit by bit,”  Neeta Helms said with a laugh, “no matter who
is in  power  in that  country  or our country.”
"Serenade!, the festival of vocal ensembles, is back in town for its seventh summer of dangling, like a tasting menu, bits of music from around the world, some of it untouched by the homogenizing influence of YouTube globalization."
"What came across from this melange was the idea that music is much bigger and more varied, and, at the same time, in a way simpler than we in the performing arts field in the West often seem to
try to make it."
Watch Insingizi's on-air performance
(in Ndebele at Voice of America studios.
Watch the Catholic News Service feature  on Escolania de Montserrat.
Haitian-American  Sydney Guillaume Ansanm-Ansanm  (All Together) 
Latvian Ēriks Ešenvalds 
High Flight
Indian Madhup Mudgal - 
Vasudhaiva Kutumbka 
(The World is One Family)
Bulgarians Milena Jeliazkova, 
Milena Roudeva
Orissiya (Destiny)
Mongolians Egschiglen  - 
Freedom of the Steppe
Spanish Bernat Vivancos - 
L'ametller (The Almond Tree)
American Con Fullam - 
Under One Sky
Indians Madras Youth Choir - 
Musical Tribute to JFK
Zimbabweans Insingizi - Bom Bom Jeys
(It is important to know who we are and where we come from,  so that we know where we are going) 
2017 Serenade! charities: Peace CorpsSt. Mary's CourtOxfamThe Welcome TableORCHKidsSafe & SoundUnited Community Ministries
Insingizi and Madras Youth Choir teach ORCHKids at the SEED School in Baltimore, Maryland.
Le Cantanti di Chicago sing for residents of the St. Mary's Court Housing Development in D.C.
Anima Children’s Chorus pose with "Pete," conductor of the Welcome Table Choir at Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.
Choirs and CM staff help man the
Peace Corps sign-up booth at Patterson Park in Baltimore.
. . . Selfies!
2017 Serenade! ensembles: Anima - Glen Ellyn Children’s Chorus  (USA); Balkanes  (Bulgaria);  Capella, Wallace High School Senior Chamber Choir (Northern Ireland);  Coro Polifónico de Panamá   (Panama); Egschiglen  (Mongolia); Escolania de Montserrat  (Catalonia, Spain);  Gandharva Choir   (India); Insingizi  (Zimbabwe);  Latvian Voices  (Latvia);  Le Cantanti di Chicago (USA);  Les Voix Boréales  (Canada);  Madras Youth Choir (India);  Miami Children’s Chorus (USA); Pihcintu  (Refugee Girls Chorus from Portland, Maine);  Shanghai No. 3 Girls High School Concert Band  (China)
Egschiglen, meet Pihcintu
Insingizi meets  Gandharva Choir
Madras Youth meets Coro Polifónico
Latvian Voices, meet Egschiglen
For 2018, our 10th annual Ihlombe!  South African Choral Festival will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of revolutionary, politician and philanthropist Nelson Mandela
Moving the Music,
Changing the World

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