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Little Singers of Armenia - Cantoría de Mérida - St. Jacob's Chamber Choir

Little Singers of Armenia
From Armenia
Tigran Hekekyan, Conductor
Narine Mardoyan, Accompanist
[Announcer: Timothy Sawyer, Board Member, WCS6 Board of DirectorsI

Light of Glory, M. Mashtots

Blessed Is the Lord, Komitas

3 Small Songs, T. Stambultsyan

Gladsome Light, V. Sarkisyan

Quis est homo, D. Halajyan

Suite, A. Voskanyan
Sad Song
Autumn Song

A Leaf Said to a Leaf, A. Karapetyan

Polyphonic Joke, R. Petrosyan

Biography: Little Singers of Armenia
The Little Singers of Armenia, founded in 1992, unites 40 gifted children selected from music schools in and around Armenia's capital city, to perform medieval, folk, sacred, classical, contemporary, pop and jazz music. An active participant in the cultural life of the Republic, the Choir presents many charity concerts in Armenia and abroad, and has toured Europe, the U.S.A. and Egypt. Recipient of both a Gold and Silver Medal in the Golden Gate International Competition, the Choir also is founder of the Children's Choral Competition "Yerevan-96".

Professor Tigran Hekekyan teaches at Komitas State Conservatory and is Founder and President of the Armenian Little Singers International Association, as well as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Little Singers of Armenia Choir. The recipient of numerous awards, he was honored by the President of the Republic of Armenia with the Medal of Movses Khorenatsi for his contributions to the national culture.

Cantoría de Mérida
From Venezuela
Jose Geraldo & Arreichi Gonzalez, Conductors
[Announcer: Maria Guinand, Member, WCS6 Artistic Committee]

Oiga compae Cesar, A. Carrillo
Requiebros Modesta Bor

El Gavan, Rafael Suárez

Habladurías, Antonio Estévez

Aires de Golpe Tuyero, Gilberto Rebolledo

Bin nan má, Alberto Grau

Cantoría de Mérida
Founded in 1975 by Professor Ruben Rivas, Cantoría de Mérida is one of the most widely acclaimed choral groups in Venezuela. The Choir has played an important role in presenting the works of Venezuelan composers, as well as choral works from around the world. The Choir operates through the state government of Mérida, and most of its members are university students. The Choir has completed 7 international tours, including a trip to the United States to present Venezuelan choral workshops to more than 5,000 children in New York and New Jersey. A consistent award winner, the Choir was the first from Venezuela to win an international award.

St. Jacob's Chamber Choir

From Sweden
Gary Graden, Conductor
[Announcer: Timothy Sawyer, Board Member; WCS6 Board of Directors]

De profundis (1988) Ingvar Lidholm
(b. 1921)

Coelos ascendit hodie (1995) Michael Waldenby (b. 1954)

A Love Supreme (1999) Nils Lindberg (b. 1933)

Credo (2000) Sven-David Sandström (b. 1942)

Du som är över oss (1992) Eskil Hemberg (b. 1938)

Anthem (1999) Eskil Hemberg

Med mitt öga se! melody: Jerker Leijon
text: Margareta Melin
arr: Bo Hansson

Den blomstertid nu kommer Swedish Folk Melody

I-A-O Harald Svensson

Surge acquilo (1998) Jan Sandström (b. 1954)

[Encore: Spiritual, I'm Gonna Sing to the Spirit]
St. Jacob's Chamber Choir
St. Jacob´s Chamber Choir was founded in 1980 and performs regularly at services and concerts in St. Jacob´s Church in the center of Stockholm. Renowned for its church music, former conductors include Eric Ericson and Stefan Sköld. The Choir´s repertoire consists of a cappella works in a wide range of styles and periods, as well as such larger works as Bach's Mass in b-minor. The Choir has collaborated with numerous orchestras, and has commissioned and premiered many new works, including compositions by Sven-David Sandström, Georg Riedel, Bo Hansson and Gunno Södersten. Enjoying an excellent reputation in Europe, the Choir has won many important competitions including the European Grand Prize, Tolosa, Arezzo, Debrecen and EBU´s "Let the Peoples Sing."

Gary Graden is Choral Director at St. Jacob´s Church. He founded and conducts the Stockholm Musikgymnasium´s Chamber Choir, and has won several Grand Prizes at international choir competitions. He is a member of the vocal quintet Lamentabile Consort, and a former soloist with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir. In demand as a guest conductor, lecturer and adjudicator, he was the 1997 recipient of the Johannes Norrby Medal for Excellence in Choral Conducting.

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