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Millennium Voices Concert - A new major work by R. Douglas Helvering

Location: New Jersey, USA
Choir type: Children's and Youth Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Millennium Voices
A major work comprising fourteen songs written to lyrics by 21st century student poets.
Commissioned by the Bernardsville Middle School and Bedwell Elementary School Choral Program, a school in the Somerset Hills School District,
Bernardsville, NJ, Stephen Sands, director
Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 7pm in the Somerset Hils School District Performing Arts Center.
About Millennium Voices
Commissioned in 2007 for completion in 2008, Millennium Voices is a unique cross-discipline work that combines elements of music composition, vocal performance, instrumental performance, English language usage, and original poetry. The brain-child of Stephen Sands, director of the music program for the Bernardsville Middle School and Bedwell Elementary School, Millennium Voices is the result of Mr. Sands’ desire to involve his students in not only the performance of choral music but also in the creation of that music.
Millennium Voices, composed by composer R. Douglas Helvering, is comprised of fourteen different songs. Each song’s lyrics were written by students in the Bernardsville choral program. The musical content of the songs in this work were crafted by the composer in a way that sought to uplift the student poets’ best intentions and point of view of the world around us and of the struggles and joys we all experience.
Millennium Voices can be performed as one major work, with the entire performance lasting approximately 60 to 75 minutes, depending on stage changes. Due to the unique points of view represented in the students’ poetry, songs from this work can be easily excerpted and performed on their own in a variety of performance opportunities.
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