"Germantown Friends School Choir" di Philadephia in concerto a S.Giovenale per "Orvieto Festival of Strings"
Nel primo giorno di Primavera arriva anche il primo appuntamento dell'anno per la rassegna "Orvieto Festival of Strings", promossa dal direttore artistico Lenuta Ciulei, con la collaborazione dell’Opera del Duomo di Orvieto e della Diocesi di Orvieto-Todi. La Chiesa di San Giovenale ospita, infatti, martedì 21 marzo alle 21 il concerto del "Germantown Friends School Choir" di Philadelphia, ensemble di 45 studenti selezionati tramite audizioni.
Il coro vanta una lunga tradizione di tournée nazionali e internazionali fra cui Cina, Inghilterra, Scozia, Francia, Scandinavia, Canada, Polonia, Russia, Romania, Repubblica Ceca, Slovacchia e Porto Rico. Diretto dal Maestro Stephen Kushner, il corso eseguirà brani di W.A. Mozart, David Childs, Joshua Shank, Benjamin Britten, Eve Lukens-Day, Joan Szymko, Thomas A. Dorsey, Rev. J.K. Alwood. Direttore del Coro Stephen Kushner. Al pianoforte Ken Lovett.
The Germantown Friends School Choir is an ensemble of 40 students selected by audition from grades 10-12. Directed by Stephen Kushner, the Choir performs frequently throughout the year, often collaborating with many of Philadelphia’s leading professional musicians. Recently, the group has performed with the Singing City Choir, with members of the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, and with the Yale Glee Club. They have also sung the Philadelphia premieres of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater and “somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon.
The GFS Choir has a long tradition of travelling nationally and internationally, including concert tours to China, England, Scotland, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Poland, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. In 2008, the Choir toured the southern United States, singing concerts in Atlanta, Birmingham and Memphis, culminating with an extended stay in New Orleans where, in addition to singing a concert, the students participated in a project with Habitat for Humanity, helping to rebuild homes that were destroyed in hurricane Katrina. Recent concert tours have taken the Choir to Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.
Germantown Friends School is an independent, Quaker day school founded in 1845. Serving 860 students in grades K-12, the school is located in the historic Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. GFS takes its strong identity from a constellation of five distinct elements: a vibrant intellectual community of teachers and students who share a profound belief in the power of education; an historic urban setting which teems with the richness and breadth of human experience; a diverse and multicultural student body who value difference as indispensable; a Quaker vision of what is possible for both individuals and communities; and a belief in fulfilling this vision through reflection, collaboration and action.