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Túumben Paax


Designated “Ambassador 2014” of the International Federation for Choral Music, winner of Gold Medals in competitions in Japan, Italy the Túumben Paax Female Vocal Sextet (“New Music,” in the Mayan language) is a pioneer ensemble in Mexico established in 2006 by Lucía Olmos, and formed by young singers from the top conservatories in Mexico. It has been conducted by Arturo Valenzuela, Samuel Pascoe, Jorge Córdoba, Jorge Cózatl and now Rodrigo Cadet. The choir bring repertoire to Serenade! that includes pre-Hispanic music, modern arrangements of traditional folk song and contemporary pieces that reflect Mexico’s past and present, such as Cadet’s Xon ahuiyacan (Be Joyful).

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Video 7/8/2019: Serenade! Choral Music Festival Grand Finale

Classical Movements’ 9th annual Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival concludes on the Concert Hall stage with a truly grand finale: individual performances by “The Human Journey” ensembles from Iran, Mongolia, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, France and Germany, as well the Serenade! mass choir, led by the 2019 recipient of the Robert Shaw Lifetime Achievement Award, Doreen Rao. Dr. Rao will conduct her second Serenade! mass choir in the world premiere of Refuge—a brand-new work by soprano and composer Patrice Michaels—commissioned by the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.

This program is part of The Human Journey.

Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of Nations starting at approximately 4:30 p.m., up to two tickets per person.

Tuumben Paax