The Choir travels extensively across South Africa annually, and has sung in Egypt, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland. They have been to the United States four times, and to Canada. During their second visit, four soloists took the top honours at an International Singing Competition in Des Moines. In Europe, they have sung in Hungary, Switzerland, Italy, France, Portugal, Greece, Poland, and, by Papal request, at the Vatican City before 25,000 people. During the Choir School’s 25th anniversary year, the Choir was acclaimed one of the best in the world in the triennial World Boys’ Choir Festival in Poznan, Poland. The boys have also undertaken tours to England, the Netherlands, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Mauritius, Australia, Japan, Turkey, Finland and Scandinavia.
In the concert on June 11, the New Jersey Youth Chorus’ Advanced Treble Choir, and its Young Men’s Ensemble will also be featured in the concert. Repertoire will include international folk music, gospel music, and pieces by contemporary composers, including O Yo-Yo by Stephen Hatfield, Kevin Riehl’s arrangement of Shenandoah, Finish folk song Mina Olen Harman Kankaanpaasta, Walk in Jerusalem by Rollo Dilworth, Set Me as a Seal by Richard Nance, and Marco Leite’s arrangement of Tres Cantos Nativos dos Indios Krao. The Drakensberg boys will be featured in classical works by Bardos, Britten, Mozart and Brahms, contemporary pop pieces, plus traditional South African songs and dance from their touring repertoire. All three choirs will join together in the African pieces “Shosholoza” and “Kwangena thina bo” as well as Caldwell and Ivory’s “Hope for Resolution.”
For further information about the New Jersey Youth Chorus’ program, please visit www.njyouthchorus.org
. Tickets for the June 11 concert may be purchased directly through the Mayo Center by visiting www.mayoarts.org
or by calling the box office at (973) 539-8008.