Songs from the street at the Philharmonie
You've heard of dancing in the street, now it's time for singing in the street as Luxembourg's number one choir Voices International unleashes a line-up of road-related music for its first concert of the year.
Wort.lu spoke to Voices International Chairman Steve Anderson about songs in Elvish and Michael Jackson hits to learn what makes this four-day concert so unmissable.
The theme of this concert is the street and it is called Rhythm of the Road. Where did this idea come from?
We participated in Las Calles, a Spanish operetta with a cast of 150 people. We've taken four songs from that show and built them into the concert. Because the operetta was about the streets of Madrid, we decided in December last year to also make roads and paths the theme of our concert.
What makes this concert special?
Of course it's always important to point out we have a lot of diversity in our repertoire: we will play a range of different styles of music and sing songs in Spanish, Italian, French and even on in Elvish.
This year we will also have John Bobie, an English Salsa teacher of Ghanain origin, who will perform dances to four of our songs. He's got a very diverse talent. Basically, we tell him which song we're singing and he comes up with a routine.
What kind of songs can visitors expect to hear?
We're not a choir in the classical sense though we have classical songs in our repertoire. We also do jazz, pop and music from films. There's a lot of variation in the feeling of our songs. For example, there is one song about a guy who is sad because he's lost his lover. Then you get something like Ease on down the road, which Michael Jackson sang and which is much more energetic.
Who are Voices International?
We are a choir with members representing 21 different nationalities. We try to appeal to everyone who likes any style of music. We also sing without music so we are able to make a direct communication with the audience. We started out after a peformance of Oklahoma by the American International School of Luxembourg in 1997. The cast continued to meet up and sing each week, which led to a fundraising concert.
Tell us about your latest fundraising work?
Each year we donate the proceeds of our ticket sales to charity. The 2010 season helped raise 6,000 euros, which we divided equally between Amizero, Naledi and Thérapie Equestre.
Catch Voices International live in concert on the following dates:
June 17 8pm
Philharmonie de Luxembourg
Salle de Musique de Chambre
June 18 8pm
Abbaye de Neumünster
Salle Robert Krieps
June 19 5pm
Festsall, rue Fockeschlass
June 24 8pm
Niederanven Centre de Loisirs "Loisi"
Am Sand, L6999 Oberanven