|2007 Festivals : America's 400th Anniversary, Jamestown: Anniversary Weekend|
Choirs and Orchestras Invited to America's Anniversary Weekend
Music Celebrations International is pleased to be an official partner of America's Anniversary Weekend, May 10-14, 2007.
The signature event of the Anniversary Weekend will be the finale concert on Sunday, May 13th. This concert will include nationally recognized talent, and current plans are to provide national television coverage. An integral part of this concert will be a commemorative choir and orchestra made up of outstanding musicians from each of the 50 states in the union.
|The commemorative choir will consist of 1,607 singers (Jamestown was founded in 1607) with the host choir being the Virginia Symphony Chorus under the direction of Robert Shoup.
The commemorative orchestra will consist of 400 musicians with the host orchestra being the Virginia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of JoAnn Falletta.
MCI has been asked to seek out a diverse cross-section of America when soliciting participation in the commemorative choir and orchestra, including musicians varying in age, ethnicity and geography.
While in Virginia, selected choirs and orchestras will participate in four massed rehearsals leading up to the finale concert. At this concert, the commemorative choir and orchestra will perform as a group as well as provide supporting music to the national acts and other entertainment. Select musical groups may also have the opportunity perform at stand-alone concerts throughout the Anniversary Weekend.
For the 400th anniversary weekend, we are anticipating local, national and international dignitaries, as well as large audiences. Part of this expectation is based on the 350th anniversary celebrations which took place in 1957 and attracted over one million visitors, guests and dignitaries. A highlight of the event was the visit of Great Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has been invited to return for the 400th anniversary, and an official invitation has also been extended to President George W. Bush.