Grammy Award-Winning Pacific Boychoir Academy Vietnam Tour, July 9-18, 2014

The Embassy of the United States of America in Hanoi, the Vietnam National Academy of Music, and Classical Movements is pleased to announce the upcoming tour of the Pacific Boychoir. The Grammy Award-winning choir will travel to Vietnam to perform at notable venues and institutions such as the HCMC Conservatory Concert Hall and the Worker Theater in Hanoi. In addition, the Pacific Boychoir will participate in an outreach event at Vinh Phuc Social Services Center near Hanoi. The event will include a performance, a visit of the facility and time to play with the local children.

Known for its rich sound, the Pacific Boychoir is preparing a diverse and exciting repertoire that ranges from Haydn’s Gloria and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus to the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun, and Paul Simon’s Bridge Over Troubled Water, arranged by Kirby Shaw. Also known for their spirituals and approach to American classics, the choir will sing George Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, arranged by Mark Hayes, and an arrangement of Ol’ Time Religion/When the Saints Go Marching In, arranged by Keith McKutchen and Everett McCorvey. The choir will also learn two traditional Vietnamese songs, which will both be featured with the locally renowned Sol Art Choir of Hanoi.

Concert Details

Sunday, July 12, 2014
HCMC Conservatory Concert Hall
8:00 pm
Free entrance

Monday, July 14, 2014
Hoi An Sculpture Garden
8:00 pm
Free entrance

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
The Worker Theater
42 Trang Tien Str., Hanoi
Performance with Sol Art Choir 8:00 pm

* Tickets for Hanoi performance are available at The Work Theater and also you can book online at http://www.ticketvn.com. Price: 250,000/400,000/600,000 VND

About the Pacific Boychoir Academy

Founded in 1998, the Grammy-winning Pacific Boychoir Academy of California has over 175 boys in seven choirs. In its short history, Pacific Boychoir Academy has become known as one of the top boys choirs in the world, known for its rich sound, musicianship, phrasing, and talented soloists. The boys sing everything from Mozart to Cole Porter, from Bach Cantatas to American spirituals.

With the addition of a day school, PBA has become home to the only choir school in the Western USA. The choir school integrates a full academic program with daily music instruction for boys in grades 4-8 who love to sing. Boys in the school get 15 hours of music training every week. The Boychoir’s Music Staff is composed of experienced professionals committed to diverse repertoire and the pursuit of excellence.

PBA appears frequently with the San Francisco Symphony (SFS), having performed under the direction of Michael Tilson Thomas, Kurt Masur, Robert Spano, Charles Dutoit, Herbert Blomstedt, James Conlon, Semyon Bychkov, David Robertson, Don Davis, Donato Cabrera, and Vance George. The PBA recorded Mahler’s Third Symphony with the SFS, which was awarded the Grammy for Best Classical Album in February 2004. PBA has appeared with SFS to perform works by Mahler, Orff, Berlioz, Liszt, Britten, Wagner, and Mendelssohn. In August 2009, the San Francisco Symphony released a new SACD recording of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony that includes the Pacific Boychoir. In January 2010, this recording won three Grammy awards: Best Classical Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Classical Engineering.

PBA has also performed under the direction of maestros Gustavo Dudamel, Jeffrey Thomas, Richard Cock, Roberto Tibiriça, and Vytautas Miskinis.

Some highlights of recent PBA performances include America’s Got Talent, Kronos Quartet’s 40th birthday party, Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in Washington DC, Russian music with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the first performances of Rachmaninoff’s Vespers by an American boys choir, music of Duke Ellington with the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, and a cappella pop singles from PBA’s “Continuum” group.

On tour, Pacific Boychoir Academy has been heard across North America, South America, the South Pacific, Africa, Asia, and Europe.

About the Director

Kevin Fox has been involved with boy choirs since the age of eight. He holds degrees in Music and Economics from Wesleyan University, Connecticut, where he received the Lipsky Prize for outstanding scholarship in choral studies. He studied music at Oxford University, England, with Edward Higginbottom and choral conducting at Westminster Choir College in Princeton with Jim Jordan and Vincent Metallo. He served as Proctor for the American Boychoir, working closely with Jim Litton and Craig Denison, and has sung with the choirs of Trinity Church in New Haven and Trinity Church in Princeton, and the Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys in San Francisco, where he also worked as Interim Assistant Choirmaster. He has also sung with the American Bach Soloists and Philharmonia Baroque, and in 2014 serves as the Chorus Director for the Ojai Music Festival.

Under his direction, the Pacific Boychoir Academy has grown from 6 to 175 choristers. Working with the PBA staff, Mr. Fox has developed a proprietary music reading and music theory training program comparable to university-level music classes. In 2002, Mr. Fox developed a business plan for the choir school, a comprehensive plan to launch the choir school in the fall of 2004. In 2006, Mr. Fox was awarded the Heritage Keepers Award from the Friends of Negro Spirituals for his work in preserving that choral genre.

Mr. Fox has been on over 40 tours with boys choirs to almost all 50 United States including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as to Taiwan, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, England, Wales, Ireland, Italy, the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brazil, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Russia, Canada, Argentina, South Africa, and Spain.

About Classical Movements, Inc.

Classical Movements is one of the world’s leading concert planning and music management companies. Clients include some of the world’s finest orchestras, including the National Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, and several other European and American Orchestras. They also make concert and travel arrangements for some of the best choruses around the world, including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Pacific Boychoir, VocalEssence, and many more! In its 21 years, Classical Movements has worked in over 140 countries on six continents. The company also produces the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program for new music commissions, an international choral series, and four annual international music festivals in Europe, South America, Africa and North America. Classical Movements strives to fulfill its mission of spreading global understanding and unity through cultural exchanges, made possible by means of the universal language of music.

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