In an exciting and original project called “25 for 25: A New Time for Choral Music,” the World House Choir will join with 25 local choruses who are teaming up with 25 young composers to present premiere performances of new choral works.
The project was created by Cincinnati’s May Festival Chorus to celebrate of its 150th anniversary. May Festival is collaborating with Luna Lab, a vibrant organization in New York that provides mentorship and performance opportunities to young composers who are female, nonbinary, or gender nonconforming.These dynamic new works give each choir the opportunity to work with a living composer while giving promising young composers an opportunity to work with choral musicians, honing their compositional skills.
Many of these choruses, including the World House Choir, will sing these works on Sunday March 19, starting at 2:00 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th Street in downtown Cincinnati, in a program called “Community Choral Showcase.”
The World House Choir, scheduled to perform at 5:00 pm, will premiere “We Are Stronger” by young New York composer Michelle David, a Luna Lab alumnae. Michelle collaborated with Tronee Threat (Guy Banks) a local Hip Hop artist and composer who also sings tenor in the World House Choir. The two musicians were introduced to each other via ZOOM by World House Choir director, Catherine Roma. They immediately clicked and began to mesh Michelle’s classical training with Tronee’s rich Hip Hop background.
This collaboration has generated a fresh and extraordinary musical work scored for chorus, solo voice, electronic track, piano, and rap artist. Michelle recently shared these thoughts about the composition:
This song is about not giving up on life. It’s about hanging on to hope, despite how bad the world (or life) may seem. This piece was created to help us unite as one community, a community that supports one another during times of struggle.
Sunday’s event is FREE and all are welcome. Registration is recommended to receive important updates on parking and entry.