The Kennedy Center

Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Traditi


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts presents Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition, a free weeklong initiative celebrating the rich diversity of choral artistry and featuring dozens of choruses from across the nation, June 9-14, 2014. The series is presented in cooperation with Chorus America, the nation’s leading advocacy, research, and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. As the culmination of the festival, the Kennedy Center and Chorus America are participating in a special event at the Smithsonian to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the national anthem.

Watch Past Performances

Video 6/14/2014: Vineyard Sound

This concert brings together current and former members of Vineyard Sound for an evening of stellar vocals, inventive and award-winning arrangements, and engaging humor, featuring a diverse repertoire of everything from jazz standards and contemporary pop songs to children’s music and indie rock. Part of Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.

Video 6/13/2014: Eric Whitacre, Charles Anthony Silvestri, and The Crossing

Superstar choral composer and conductor Eric Whitacre comes together with poet and lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri and The Crossing for a live event and webcast filled with music and inspiration. This hour-long session features a presentation by Whitacre about his work with the Virtual Choir, insights by Silvestri about his lyrics for Sleep, and a performance by The Crossing, the Philadelphia-based professional chamber choir known as a champion for new music. The event concludes with a performance of the Whitacre/Silvestri collaborations Sleep and Lux Aurumque. Sleep features a multimedia presentation of the art of Anne Horjus as seen in the children’s book based on this choral classic. The performance combines choirs on stage at the Kennedy Center with thousands of additional voices online; webcast technology virtually links these voices together. Part of Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.

Video 6/12/2014: Target Family Night: New Voices

The World Children’s Choir, whose current members (ages 4 - 18) include vocalists representing 14 countries and cultural heritages, offers a program of beautiful operatic selections by Bizet, Girodano, Handel, and Puccini; a group of inspirational pieces from "Songs of Love and Hope" by James Selway; the US premiere of “Peace” by British singer-songwriter Anna Taylor, and well-known tunes accompanied by an audience sing-along. Truly a delightful concert for all ages. Part of Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.

Video 6/11/2014: NEWSacred SONG ANTHOLOGY

Sacred music songwriter Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. leads his Voices of Inspiration choir and a special assembly of singers from across the nation’s capital in singing signature arrangements of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs that honor the choral tradition within the gospel community. Part of Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition.

Video 6/9/2014: Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition

To kick off its Voices of Our Nation festival, the Kennedy Center presents a citywide opening event featuring 50 choruses from the D.C. region that will sing at sites all across the city, from its iconic memorials to Metro stations. At the same time, dozens of choruses perform throughout the Kennedy Center, including outside on the plaza, on the Metro shuttles, and at other locations throughout the facility. The choruses perform a variety of styles from barbershop and madrigals to classical and gospel.

Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition