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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Two Choirs from United States to Mark 4th of July in Cuba

Matanzas, Cuba, Jul 1.- The Yale Alumni Chorus and the New Amsterdam Singers will mark the Independence Day of the United States in Cuba as they share the stage with the National Choir of Cuba in a concert on July 4 in Havana.


The Yale Alumni Chorus, made up of more than 200 voices, made its debut in Cuba on Wednesday with a performance in the city of Matanzas, in which they shared the stage with the Chamber Choir of Matanzas.

Director of the group Jeffrey Douma, a young musician, told ACN that the Cuban tour was a good opportunity to consolidate friendship through music and to get to know each other better.

Douma also stressed it was an honor for the choir to include in their repertoire works by worldwide known Cuban composers like Miguel Matomoros and Richard Egües.

Meanwhile, Jose Antonio Mendez Valencia, director of the Chamber Choir of Matanzas, extolled the quality of the American choir, which has members of different ages ranging from young Yale graduates to others of more than 80 years of age.

The New York-based New Amsterdam Singers choir will arrive in Cuba later this week, while Yale Alumni’s upcoming presentations in Cuba will be at the Saint Francis of Assisi Convent and the Lazaro Peña Theater, both in Havana. (ACN)

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