There are more than 200 events the public can attend during the 7th World Choir Games from July 4-14 in Cincinnati.
Events include competitions, concerts, workshops, free public performances and more.
The Cincinnati Organizing Committee and INTERKULTUR, the International Organizing Committee, released details on Tuesday of the event schedule and a list of choirs expected to perform at the Games.
Expected are 15,000 participants from 64 countries and 22 U.S. states, including 362 choirs, 61 judges, choral and INTERKULTUR officials. There will be 68 sessions of competitions, more than 60 Friendship Concerts, 41 workshops, nine Official Events, eight Celebration Concerts, 14 pin trading classes and two signings of the Games' Official Poster by renowned illustrator C.F. Payne.
The daily schedule, subject to changes, and a list of participants can be found online at www.2012worldchoirgames.com.
Tickets to all events are available at www.2012worldchoirgames.com/tickets or by calling 513.977.6363. The Musica Sacra Celebration Concert (July 5) is sold out.
Grammy winner and gospel star Marvin Winans, from the legendary Winans family, will sing "Oh Happy Day" with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra at the July 14 Closing Ceremony at U.S. Bank Arena. Winans, a pastor in Detroit, Mich., gave the eulogy at Whitney Houston's funeral in February.
There will be a procession from the main entrance of Great American Ball Park, near The Banks, to U.S. Bank Arena starting at 5 p.m. July 4 as choirs make their way to the Opening Ceremony, which begins at 7 p.m. The choirs will assemble inside Great American Ball Park. The procession will be the region's first opportunity to interact with the choirs, and the first experiences in the United States for many participants.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bootsy Collins and Mayor Mark Mallory will be co-Grand Marshals for the July 10 Parade of Nations, which will start at Duke Energy Convention Center and end at Fountain Square. The parade, which starts at 6 p.m. and features participating choirs and will be followed by a brief program, a live performance of "I Can – the Official Song of the World Choir Games" and the American Roots music program – Bluegrass, Folk, Rockabilly and Honky Tonk – on the Square as part of the PNC Summer Music Series.
The 7th World Choir Games, the biggest international choral competition in the world, is being held in the United States for the first time. It is held every two years and has previously been in Austria, China, Germany and South Korea. In 2014, it will be held in Riga, Latvia.