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July 12, 2004

Idaho State Journal

Some 350 singers of all ages representing eight nations came together on the stage of the Holt Arena Saturday in what businessman Arlo Luke called "a miracle of international friendship." This on-stage appearance of all the participants was the concluding number of the Gala Concert of the fourth
Idaho International Choral Festival. William "Bill" Wiench, ISU coordinator, estimated there were about 3,000 in the audience, by far the largest crowd to attend this concert since the festival started in 1998. He also said there were 400 people at a concert on the ISU Quad given by Moscow Nights and Golden Girls and the Taipei Philharmonic Youth Choir. The festival is planned every two years.

Mark Lawlor, festival artistic director, led the 12 choirs representing eight foreign countries and the United States in the finale, "Sing the World Together." This song was composed especially for the festival in 2002 by Dr. Randy Earles, chairman of the ISU Music Department, with lyrics by Lisa Horton. Since then, it has been used at each festival. More

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