It’s time to get Miami buzzing about the Miami Children’s Chorus and the talent of its 180 members.
MCC’s credits are extensive, having performed at the Super Bowl, Carnegie Hall, with pop stars and the Florida Grand Opera, in Europe, South America and South Africa, but MCC has never taken on such an ambitious season as the one planned for 2012-13.
Rehearsals began recently and soon Miami will be humming along to their joyful melodies.
This season will bring more opportunities for artistic experiences of the highest quality that will breathe new life into the organization. These include performances with the Florida Grand Opera in Puccini’s La Boheme and Mozart’s Magic Flute, with the Cleveland Orchestra in Mahler’s Symphony No.3, in addition to MCC’s holiday concert, “Voices of Angels,” and spring concert, “Let the Children Sing,” presented in Coral Gables.
MCC also has commissioned two pieces to be performed for concerts titled “AVoice with A Future” to be presented at New World Center and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in May. These pieces will be added to a long list of works already commissioned by the organization through its New Works For Children’s Voices commissioning project.
Composers and performing musicians Nestor Torres and Jim Papoulis have been tasked with creating a piece each that will not only challenge choristers artistically but also will inspire and entertain audiences.
It’s not all about entertainment, fun, and games. MCC also is about education and growth. It’s about forging friendships, going above and beyond preconceived notions, breaking barriers, and setting higher expectations for excellence in order to ensure a brighter future.
Since its founding in 1965, MCC has been committed to the betterment of its community, presenting free family-friendly events and educational workshops throughout Miami- Dade County. In 2012-13 MCC is taking things a step farther creating more opportunities for service and outreach.
More than 15 partnerships are in the works with youth, arts, education, and service organizations. These collaborations include working with: five youth service organizations for MCC’s We Will Sing choral outreach initiative, partnerships with the Adrienne Arsht Center, the Miami Dade County Public School Music Office and local universities for MCC’s presentation of Sing Miami, a free teacher workshop and family sing-along. MCC also will participate in the Arsht Center’s Light/Holocaust and Humanity Project, performing the children’s opera Brundibar as a springboard for a community conversation about hatred and bigotry. With so many performances and projects planned, how will MCC choristers fare? “They are no strangers to professional performance experiences as their accolades show, and they are certainly no strangers to preparing for each performance with purpose, vigor, and a strong work ethic,” said Analy Mendez, artistic administrator.
“Our goal is to provide our members and participants a unique, exciting, and purposeful experience that will bring joy to their lives” said Timothy A. Sharp, music director. “MCC is a microcosm for community — a collective body of individuals, with an aspiration, learning to work together amidst many factors. Through their music study, in a choral environment, MCC choristers learn to work and communicate with others and emerge as leaders strengthening our community.”
With the continued support of the community, local government, corporations, foundations, and individuals, MCC is able to serve all of Miami-Dade County with true passion for artistic excellence.
Visit online at www.miamichildrenschorus.org, or call 305-662-7494 for a complete schedule of events.