World-Renowned Monaco Boys Choir Announce Their 2014 East Coast Tour
Singers Mark Their 40th Anniversary with Multi-State Performances Throughout Summer
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 18, 2014) – The acclaimed boys choir of the Principality, formerly known as The Little Singers of Monaco (Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco), will kick off their summer tour of the USA’s east coast - in their 40th anniversary year - with free performances in New York City. The choir will entertain audiences at the world’s largest cathedral, St. John the Divine in New York’s upper west side on July 11, and at the Alliance Francaise’s annual Bastille Day street festival on July 13, and at a private concert at the United Nations.
In the nation’s capital, performances are planned at the Embassy of France for their National Day celebrations, under the “Star-Spangled Banner” at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and the Atrium at Children’s National Health Center, and at select venues in Charlotte, Atlanta, Orlando (at Disneyworld), West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and Miami. They will close the tour with a special pre-game rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins game at Marlins Park in Miami at the end of July.
Under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert of Monaco, and through the generous support of the Monégasque government, the choir donates its time and talents to concerts to benefit many international humanitarian associations.
“The Principality has attracted discerning visitors for centuries by offering unique cultural, sporting, and lifestyle experiences, and it is always very exciting when our cultural emissaries come to town,” said Her Excellency Maguy Maccario Doyle, Monaco’s Ambassador to the United States.
“The Monaco Boys Choir showcases the Principality’s joyous cultural and artistic heritage, and we are thrilled to welcome them back to the USA in their 40th anniversary year. We invite music lovers to join them at one of the many free performances offered from New York City to Washington, D.C. to Miami and many points in between this summer.”
The award-winning ensemble – under the direction of Pierre Debat - was founded in 1974 by Prince Rainier III and comprises more than 30 angelic voices. Created to contribute to the Principality’s historic association with culture and the performing arts, the official choir of the Monaco Cathedral is composed of talented singers aged between eight to 18 years who have passed rigorous examinations before being admitted into the prestigious group. They traditionally embark on a spring tour of Europe and a summer tour to more far-flung destinations. The choir, renowned for their unusual program of works for children, has visited more than 40 countries around the world and performs an average of 40 concerts a year.
Their musical repertoire includes sacred musical works by Charpentier, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré and Franck; Monégasque folk songs; English-language songs as well as patriotic American songs, some of which they performed live on NBC’s The Today Show during a past visit.
On previous U.S. tours, the choir has appeared at Yankee Stadium, in Bryant Park and St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York City, as well as on stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and in Palm Beach’s Kravis Center.
For more information, visit http://monacoconsulate.populr.me/monacoboyschoir or www.lespetitschanteurs.mc.