Friday, March 30, 2012

Bahamas National Youth Choir in 2012 World Choir Games, Cincinnati July 4-14

Bahamas National Youth Choir Are Participants in 2012 World Choir Games

The world’s largest choral competition will have its American premiere in Cincinnati this summer, when the World Choir Games comes to town on July 4-14. More than 360 choirs from 48 countries have registered to participate in this year’s event, which has previously been held in Austria, China, Germany, South Korea, and elsewhere. With 23 competitive categories that encompass a vast range of choral genres, the World Choir Games is one of the world’s largest musical competitions, and will attract thousands of participants and attendees to Cincinnati.

The selection of Cincinnati as the site of the seventh biennial World Choir Games has drawn attention to the city’s historic reputation as an important regional center for choral music. This tradition is evident in the Cincinnati May Festival, a two-week choral celebration that dates back to the 1840s, and is the oldest annual choral festival in the Western hemisphere. The May Festival emerged from Cincinnati’s tradition of hosting Saengerfests, large-scale choral competitions that were produced by the city’s German immigrant community throughout the 19th century. The Festival is held in the Cincinnati Music Hall, a historic Venetian Gothic building constructed in1878 specifically for the event.
A. J. Fox
Assistant Account Executive
Resnicow Schroeder Associates
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