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June 29, 2010

Yale Chorus tours Cuba

The Yale Alumni Chorus will embark Wednesday on a 10-day tour of Cuba with a concert at the Gener y del Monte Library in Matanzas. The tour, authorized by the U.S. government, is at the invitation of the Instituto Cubano de la Música.

According to Radio Rebelde, the group will share the stage with the Matanzas Chamber Choir, led by José Antonio Méndez Valencia. The Americans are conducted by Jeffrey Douma.

Formed in 1997, the Alumni Chorus is formed by singers who call themselves "Ambassadors of Song" because of their annual international tours. The group's mission, its website says, is "promoting international harmony through choral music."

In their 2004 Gift of Song Tour, the chorus traveled to Brazil, Argentina and Chile. Its 2009 Voces Unidas tour took them to Guatemala and Mexico. The Cuba tour is called ¡Cantemos! – Let Us Sing.

Lots of great harmony singing in Cuba and my trip there a few years ago was most memorable. I met again with Vocal Sampling, sat in for a rehearsal of the incredible Exaudi, and got to meet many in the Cuban choral scene.

Posted by acapnews at June 29, 2010 10:06 PM


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