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International voices, raised in song this week at Yale Choral Fest

New Haven Register previews the second Yale International Choral Festival
June 17, 2015

New Haven Register | By Joe Amarante

Entrevoces of Cuba

NEW HAVEN >> You may not be born a fan of choruses, but you should acquire the musical taste after you’ve heard enough of them.

And the Elm City will present that opportunity with five days in choral heaven starting Tuesday, when Yale’s International Choral Festival rolls out nightly as a side offering of the International Festival of Arts & Ideas.

All events are at lovely Morse Recital Hall in Yale’s Sprague Hall on College Street, except for Saturday’s grand finale (see below). Tickets to all shows are $45 in advance, $50 day of the show (but the Saturday event is free).

• Make your way to tonight’s kickoff, as conductor Jeffrey Douma leads the Yale Choral Artists in an 8 p.m. concert that will include David Lang’s “The National Anthems” and music by the Elm City’s fine Haven String Quartet.

Jerusalem-Youth-Chorus• And then the soaring vocals go into international hyperdrive, for Wednesday’s separate offerings of the Jerusalem Youth Chorus at 5 p.m. (a choral and dialogue program for Israeli and Palestinian high school students in Jerusalem) and the Cuban choir Entrevoces at 8 p.m. Keep in mind that all of these groups come in with top reputations.

• Thursday night’s Swedish vocal ensemble Voces Nordicae manages to include “theatrical means of expression, improvisation and variation in musical genres.” Choral fans may just be saying “jattebra!” (bravo) after this 8 p.m. concert.

• At 5 p.m. Friday, the National University of Singapore Choir will perform, featuring 70 students and alumni.

• The free Saturday finale will present all of the groups in a 6 p.m. concert at Woolsey Hall for a rousing 90-minute program that will include a newly commissioned work by Timothy Laciano.

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