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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Concert at St. Monica's in Berwyn
A Ceremony of Carols
by Benjamin Britten
and seasonal choral music from
around the globe!
Jordan Thomas, harp
Sunday, 9 December, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.
The Church of Saint Monica, Berwyn
Free-will offering. All are welcome!
About the Keystone State Boychoir
The Keystone State Boychoir, (KSB), founded in 2001, has enjoyed unprecedented success for an organization so young, and is recognizedtoday as one of the finest community-based boychoir programs in the world. InOctober of 2011, KSB celebrated the milestone of its 10th Anniversary Season bybringing together for the first time all of the the region's boychoirs and morethan five hundred local boy singers on stage in Verizon Hall for B1K! -Boychoir of 1,000!
KSB consists of more than 170 young men between the ages ofeight and eighteen who sing an enthralling repertoire from the classical to thecontemporary. Major choral works that KSB has performed include Bach's St.Matthew's Passion, Orff'sCarmina Burana, Handel's Messiah, Mendelssohn'sElijah, Britten's St. Nicolas, and the Fauré Requiem. In January 2013, KSB willcelebrate the 100th Anniversary of Benjamin Britten's birth by performing thecomplete A Ceremony of Carols with KSB alumnus and harpist Jordan Thomas.
KSB has sung with the region's most distinguished ensembles,including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, forwhich it serves as its official boychoir. KSB has appeared in the area's mostprominent venues including the Perelman Theater and Verizon Hall in the KimmelCenter for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and the Mann MusicCenter. Internationally, KSB has performed in major concert halls, includingthe Manaus Opera House in Brazil, the Petronas Philharmonik Hall in Malaysia,and the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam, as well as in venues throughout Canada,Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia,Australia, Monaco, France, Germany, Austria, Bulgaria and Norway.
In December of 2009, KSB made history as the first choir totravel to and perform in Antarctica. In doing so, KSB became the first choir tohave sung on all seven continents. In July of 2012, KSB made history again whenit travelled above the Arctic Circle to Svalbard, Norway - the most northernsettlement in the world. There KSB sang in the northernmost church and theatreon the globe.
The KSB experience is one of truly joyful music-making. Thevibrant sound of the choir is enhanced by its compelling stage presence. TheMusic Directors believe that today's choral music should be felt and seen, aswell as heard, if the art form is to thrive. They have found that when theunique energy of boys is channeled into choral singing of the highest standard,the result is unforgettable performances for audiences and singers alike.
Keystone State Boychoir, its sister-choir the PennsylvaniaGirlchoir, and their school outreach program Find Your Instrument! aremember-choirs of Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY), founded by Joseph P. Fitzmartinand Steven M. Fisher. CY is a non-profit organization that is committed toproviding superior choral music education and performance opportunities for youngpeople from diverse economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. Visit usatwww.keystonestateboychoir.org.