The award-winning youth choir, Vivida Banda (“Rasselbunde” in German, or “A Gang of Rascals”) from St. Peters Church in Weinheim, Germany, will begin their U.S. tour this summer with a concert at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. They will present a varied program of music of Germany, England, and the United States, from Schubert to Josh Groban.
Vivida Banda is the most advanced choir of the St. Peters Church Singschule (song school). Children begin singing with the Singschule from the age of 1 and continue through the age of 21 in a graded choral program. They sing music of all epochs and genres – the only requirement for the young people to like the music is that it is of high quality. Vivida Banda regularly sings in services and concerts in and around Weinheim, which is near Mannheim.
Founded in 2009 by their current director, Anne Langenbach, Vivida Banda won the prestigious ECHO Klassik award for promoting young people in 2013, and in recent years have sung at Rosengarten, Congress Center Mannheim, and on ZDF television. They make a concert tour every two years. This is their first tour to the United States.
The Summer Community Chorus, proudly sponsored by Women’s Voices Chorus, will hold its annual benefit concert on July 29 at 4:00 pm in support of the Compass Center for Women and Families (www.compassctr.org). The program will feature music about about families, passages, and helping each other along the way.
Compass Center is the only Orange County resource for comprehensive domestic violence crisis services and education. It serves over 6,500 clients each year with essential programs and services like career and financial education, legal resources, and support groups, all open to the public. Compass Center also works closely with Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, offering sexual health programming and empowerment programs related to healthy relationships.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations are welcome and encouraged. Please join us at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., for an afternoon of beautiful music for a worthy cause!
This summer, the Ackland welcomes Flash Chorus to Music in the Galleries for a series of three community singing events! All are invited (regardless of singing ability/experience) to join the Flash Chorus at the Ackland, where directors Seamus Kenney and Kerri Lockwood will select two “portraits-in-song” to be rehearsed, practiced, and performed at each afternoon session with a live band.
Schedule of events:
2:00pm: Doors open
2:15pm: Run through both songs
2:30-3:15pm: Practice and perform Elvis Costello’s “Alison”
3:30pm-4:15pm: Practice and perform The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”
Elvis Costello’s “Alison”: https://youtu.be/7kmo2ZqS-nE
The Beatles’ “Hey Jude”: https://youtu.be/FhXU8c8qwXs
17 June | 15 July | 19 August
Presented in connection with The Outwin: American Portraiture Today (on view 1 June – 26 August 2018).