Established in 2011 and hailed by the Washington Post as “true harmonic convergence,” the Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is an exuberant celebration of choral music from around the world. Professional and community choirs experience enriching cultural exchanges, while participating in outreach events and workshops and performing multiple concerts to enthusiastic audiences at prestigious venues throughout the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Strathmore Hall. Since its inception, Serenade! has showcased more than 75 choirs from some 30 countries across 6 continents.

Celebrate Mandela’s 100th at Kennedy Center:

June 25—July 2, 2018

Once again co-presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Classical Movements’ 8th annual Serenade! will honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of South African revolutionary, politician and philanthropist, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

From Monday, June 25 to Monday, July 2, 2018, select youth and adult choirs hailing from nations sharing President Mandela’s prized notions of “UnityEqualityTruthReconciliation” will perform collaborative concerts and exchange cultures through shared workshops and side-by-side rehearsals with American ensembles, all while participating in community outreach projects across the region.

Featuring daily, multi-choral performances on the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage—as well as a mass choir finale concert conducted by Scott Tucker, Artistic Director of Washington Choral Arts Society, inside Kennedy Center Concert Hall on July 2—Serenade! choirs will perform additional programs at stunning and historic venues in VirginiaMaryland and the District of Columbia.

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Best choral event I have ever attended…

Jim S., Serenade! audience

Laced with precision, care, passion, variety and excitement, Classical Movements is the go-to company to organize such festivals.

Madras Youth Choir (India)

The high-class of this event is exceptional.

Philippe Ostiguy | Artistic Director, Les Voix Boréales (Canada)

With all the many different musical experiences we had, it is impossible to put into words how amazing Serenade! was.

Latvian Voices (Latvia)

Absolutely magical…you have created something truly special with the Serenade! Festival.

Grant Gershon | Artistic Director, Los Angeles Master Chorale


Serenade! will fill this region with a rich diversity of sounds and will promote cultural interaction.

Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun

Before the final set, all the choruses proceeded down the aisles of the Concert Hall, waving glow sticks, and took the stage, more than 300 strong, accompanied by an African drum, an Indian tabla and a Mongolian stringed instrument: perhaps the most genuinely international ensemble I’ve ever heard, apart from the Olympic Games

Anne Midgette, Washington Post

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