June 26, 2012
200+ events on schedule for World Choir Games
There are more than 200 events the
public can attend during the 7th World Choir Games from July 4-14
in Cincinnati USA, including competitions, concerts, workshops,
free public performances and more. The Cincinnati Organizing
Committee and INTERKULTUR, the International Organizing Committee,
today released details of the event schedule and a list of choirs
expected to perform at the Games.
Expected are 15,000 participants
from 64 countries and 22 U.S. states, including 362 choirs, 61
judges, choral and INTERKULTUR officials. There will be 68 sessions
of competitions, more than 60 Friendship Concerts, 41 workshops,
nine Official Events, eight Celebration Concerts, 14 pin trading
classes and two signings of the Games' Official Poster by renowned
illustrator C.F. Payne.
The daily schedule, subject to
changes, and a list of participants can be found online at
Tickets to all events are available
at www.2012worldchoirgames.com/tickets or by calling 513.977.6363.
The Musica Sacra Celebration Concert (July 5) is sold out.
Other details announced:
- Grammy winner and gospel star Marvin Winans, from the legendary
Winans family, will sing "Oh Happy Day" with the Cincinnati Pops
Orchestra at the July 14 Closing Ceremony at U.S. Bank Arena.
Winans, a pastor in Detroit, Mich., gave the eulogy at Whitney
Houston's funeral in February.
- There will be a procession from the main entrance of Great
American Ball Park, near The Banks, to U.S. Bank Arena starting at
5 p.m. July 4 as choirs make their way to the Opening Ceremony,
which begins at 7 p.m. The choirs will assemble inside Great
American Ball Park. The procession will be the region's first
opportunity to interact with the choirs, and the first experiences
in the United States for many participants.
- Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins and Mayor Mark
Mallory will be co-Grand Marshals for the July 10 Parade of
Nations, which will start at Duke Energy Convention Center and end
at Fountain Square. The parade, which starts at 6 p.m. and features
participating choirs and will be followed by a brief program, a
live performance of "I Can - the Official Song of the World Choir
Games" and the American Roots music program - Bluegrass, Folk,
Rockabilly and Honky Tonk - on the Square as part of the PNC Summer