“One World, One People” • A New Year’s Concert for Peace 2023

Looking back at 2022 we’re happy that we were able to come together again, to sing together and to celebrate with singers from all over the world! We met in Italy, Latvia, Greece, Germany, Spain and also Portugal and enjoyed many delighting moments of joy and happiness and listened to fabulous choral music. We’re grateful that in the passing year we were finally able again to bring huge parts of the international choral community together again.

But the events of 2022 have also reminded us again that there is no higher good than peace in the world and peace among nations. We were often reminded of Hans Christian Andersen’s true words, who said: “Where words fail, music speaks.”

That’s why we decided to gift a special New Year’s Concert to the international choral world, reminding all of us of the power of music to bring peace in the world. So, let us fill 2023 with music that unites people and nations, and look forward to the coming year with confidence!

Concert Program:

00:15 VOCES CORDIS, South Africa
Conductor: André van der Merwe
“Sing Gently” by Eric Whitacre

03:28 Deep Space Choir, China
Conductor: Meng Dapeng
“世界的约定- The Promise of the World” by Yumi Kimura/ Lyrics: Shuntaro Tanigawa/ Arr.:Yasushi Imamura, adapted by Sun Yue, Bi Minglei

08:15 University of Pretoria Camerata & Barnsley Youth Choir, South Africa & Great Britain
Conductors: Michael Barrett &
“Let the River Run” by Carly Simon, Arr. Craig Hella Johnson

12:21 St. Mary´s Varsity Male Ensemble – St. Mary’s International School, Japan
Conductor: Randy Stenson
“Twa Tanbou” by Sydney Guillaume

18:23 Young People´s Chorus of New York City, USA
Conductor: Francisco J. Núñez
“Let there be Peace on Earth” by Sy Miller & Jill Jackson, Arr. Irwin Fisch

22:07 Daegu Jazz Singers, Republic of Korea
Conductor: Johan Rooze
“One World, One People” by Randall Johnson, Arr. Johan Rooze

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