Established in 2011 and hailed this summer by the Washington Post’s Anne Midgette as “the most genuinely international ensemble I’ve ever heard, apart from the Olympic Games,” Classical Movements’ Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is an exuberant celebration of choral music from around the world, offering unforgettable, life-changing experience for both singers and audiences alike. Presented free to the public, since its inception, Serenade! has showcased more than 75 choirs from some 30 countries to enthusiastic audiences at prestigious venues throughout the Washington metropolitan area. 

Once again co-presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the 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 “Hope, Justice and Unity” 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.

Serenade! 2019: July 3-8; Serenade! 2020: July 8-13

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Serenade! Testimonials:

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

Grant Gershon | Artistic Director, Los Angeles Master Chorale

“Laced with precision, care, passion, variety and excitement,
Classical Movements is the go-to company to organize a festival such as Serenade!”

Madras Youth Choir (India)

“The high-class of [Serenade!] 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.”

Laura Jēkabsone | Latvian Voices

“Serenade! is the best choral event I have ever attended.”

Jim S., audience member

Serenade! Press:

“The most genuinely international ensemble I’ve ever heard, apart from the Olympic Games.”

Anne Midgette, Washington Post

“Bringing together top-tier choirs from a dozen countries in a bid to show music’s universality—
how the joy of singing transcends cultures.”

Agence France Presse, 2017

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

Tim SmithBaltimore Sun

“A majestic showcase of what can be achieved through collaboration, and a most welcome reminder that
we all have a voice, and that the glory of song can resoundingly reaffirm a
common sense of humanity, the world over.”

Songlines Magazine (U.K.), 2017

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