|Melodia! South American Music Festival|
New Classical Movements Festival is a Hit!
World Premiere of New Children's Cantata Commissioned by Classical Movements
Four outstanding children's choirs from North America participated in the inaugural year of Melodia!, Classical Movements' new South American Music Festival. The Children's Chorus of Washington, Miami Children's Chorus, Minnetonka Chamber Choir, and the Winnipeg Mennonite Children's Choir traveled and performed in Brazil and Argentina July 12-24. In Argentina they were joined by the Niños Cantores de Córdoba, a well-known South American children's chorus celebrating their 50th season.
Against the fabulous backdrop of Rio de Janeiro and Buenos Aires, the choirs rehearsed and performed under the direction of the distinguished choral conductor Doreen Rao. In Brazil, the individual choirs performed with their own music directors for full houses at the beautiful Candelaria Cathedral in Rio and at the Winter Music Festival in the royal city of Petrópolis. When not rehearsing or performing, the choirs enjoyed the sights of Rio with visits to Sugar Loaf and Corcovado, as well as some time for fun and sun on Copacabana Beach.
In Argentina, the choirs joined forces with the Orquesta Académica del Teatro Argentino at the Teatro Argentino in La Plata and at the world-famous Teatro Colon Opera House in Buenos Aires. Under the direction of Doreen Rao, the combined ensembles performed for enthusiastic audiences works by Mozart, Copland, and the world premiere of Eulogy to Childhood by Oscar Escalada, a new children's cantata commissioned for Melodia! by Classical Movements.