Voices of our Nation: A Choral Celebration in Partnership with the Kennedy Center

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Chorus America is pleased to partner with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Voices of our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition (June 9-15). Coinciding with our Conference, this special series of choral events will fill the nation’s capital with the power of song and give Conference attendees a perfect excuse to extend their stay in DC.

The Opening Night Concert of Chorus America’s Conference, taking place in the Kennedy Center’s Concert Hall, is included in the series. Featuring Conference co-hosts The Choral Arts Society of Washington and The Washington Chorus, as well as guest ensemble The Children’s Chorus of Washington Concert Chorus, the performance celebrates American choral composers and the DC region’s rich African-American musical heritage. In addition, the Kennedy Center has programmed free 6pm choral concerts on their Millennium Stage every night that week.

Chorus America is teaming up with the Kennedy Center on an event featuring over 30 DC-area choruses singing at sites across the city the evening of Monday, June 9. Performing ensembles ranging from a Latin-American chamber choir to a barbershop quartet will perform in sites from the Kennedy Center to non-traditional venues like monuments and Metro stations. 

"Raise It Up! Anthem for America"
June 14, 2014, 2:30 p.m.

Chorus America and the Kennedy Center partner with the Smithsonian's National Museum of America History on a spectacular event honoring the 200th anniversary of the Star-Spangled Banner.

This concert on the terrace of the Museum's Mall entrance will feature celebrity singers, the U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants, and a mass choir conducted by Eric Whitacre and Francisco J. Núñez. Arrangements for the mass choir, including recruitment and travel, have been made by Classical Movements, the official touring company for Voices of Our Nation. The event will be webcast so that people around the United States can add their voices to a 4:00 p.m. sing-a-long of the national anthem.

For more information, visit the Smithsonian's special website for the celebration.

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