2019 SERENADE! GRAND FINALE SPOTLIGHT:
Doreen Rao , conductor | Patrice Michaels , composer
Dr. Doreen Rao conducts the 2015 Serenade! mass choir at Strathmore
On Monday , July 8 , 2019 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , Classical Movements ' 9th annual Serenade! Choral Festival will conclude with a truly grand finale: individual performances from all participating ensembles, as well the 2019 Serenade! mass choir , led by conductor, pedagogue, author and 2019 recipient of the Robert Shaw Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Choral Directors Association , Doreen Rao .
On the stage of the Kennedy Center 's Concert Hall , Dr. Rao will conduct her second Serenade! mass choir in the world premiere of a brand-new work by internationally lauded soprano, composer and Director of Vocal Studies at the University of Chicago , Patrice Michaels commissioned by Classical Movements’ own Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program .
Classical Movements' 9th Annual
SERENADE! CHORAL FESTIVAL:
"The Human Journey"
JULY 3-9, 2019
For our third consecutive summer together, Classical Movements and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will co-present the Serenade! Choral Festival , inviting vocal ensembles of all kinds, the world over, to join us in Washington, D.C. for a deep, meaningful investigation into " The Human Journey: Music, Migration & Identity ."
Accompanied by two new travel companions—both National Geographic and the National Gallery of Art —Classical Movements and Kennedy Center won't be making our Serenade! sojourn alone.
From July 3-9 , 2019 , vocal ensembles from Mexico , Ecuador , Madagascar , Ghana , Germany , France , Canada and the United States will perform collaborative concerts and exchange cultures through shared workshops and side-by-side rehearsals with select community choral groups and youth choirs alike, all while participating in outreach and service projects across the Greater Washington, D.C. region.
Live from Kennedy Center , watch the 2018 Serenade! Festival grand finale
2019 SERENADE! ARTIST SPOTLIGHT:
Túumben Paax (Mexico)
Watch Túumben Paax 's video celebrating " Diez años de música nueva "
Founded by Lucía Olmos in 2006, Túumben Paax ("New Music" in the Mayan language) have traversed the globe, from Florence to Fukushima , winning both awards and audiences for their pitch-perfect renditions of pre-Hispanic music, as well as the more than 40 new works specifically composed for this beguiling sextet's two-soprano, four-mezzo forces.
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