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February 1, 2010

Next World Choir Games to be in the U.S.

Press Release

The World Choir Games, a prestigious competition of vocal groups representing an estimated 400 choirs from more than 90 countries, has selected Cincinnati USA — home to the oldest choral music festival in the Western hemisphere — as the site of its 2012 competition from July 4 to 14. The World Choir Games are a biennial competition and are referred to as the “The Olympics of Choral Music.” 2012 will be the first time in the event’s history it is held in the United States. The announcement was made at a festive celebration on Fountain Square attended by hundreds of individuals including leaders from the hospitality, political, business, arts, cultural and international communities and highlighted by musical performances by local choral groups.

The World Choir Games involves amateur choirs, both adult and youth, competing in 29 categories including gospel, jazz, contemporary, folk, religious, barbershop and popular choir music. Choral groups taking part in the 2008 Games in Graz, Austria, hailed from Russia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Croatia, South Africa, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, China, Indonesia, the United States and more than 80 other nations. Much like the Olympics, the event features elaborate opening and closing ceremonies and a parade of costumed participants that will make its way through the streets of downtown Cincinnati. The Olympic-style friendly competition will award gold, silver and bronze medals to top contenders in various competition categories. Hundreds of free performances open to the public will take place concurrently at sites across the region. More.

Posted by acapnews at February 1, 2010 8:47 PM


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