PRESIDENTS DAY Festival Chorus & Eastern Wind Symphony

For tickets: or (800) 395-2036

The Presidents Day Choral Festival returns to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall on Monday, February 20, 2012, with a 300-voice festival chorus under the direction of world-renowned conductor and composer André Thomas. Dr. Thomas will lead the festival chorus in a performance of Howard Hanson’s Song of Democracy and John Rutter’s Gloria, along with selections of his own compositions. Todd Nichols joins as guest conductor to perform Celebration Overture by Paul Creston and Elegy for a Young American by Ronald LoPresti with the highly acclaimed Eastern Wind Symphony of New Jersey.

The concert begins at 2:00pm and free tickets are required to enter.  To obtain your free tickets (max. 8), please visit or call Music Celebrations at (800) 395-2036.


André Thomas, festival artistic director
Todd Nichols, director
William H. Silvester, conductor emeritus

RUTTER:         “Gloria”
THOMAS:       “I Dream A World”
THOMAS:       “Beautiful City”
THOMAS:       “Do Lord Remember Me”
CRESTON:      “Celebration Overture”
HANSON:       “Song of Democracy”
LOPRESTI:      “Elegy for a Young American”
THOMAS:       “I Hear America Singing”

The Presidents Day Festival Chorus features singers from

Athens Drive High School Vocal Ensemble from Raleigh, NC, directed by Joy Clayton
Dothan High School Choir from Dothan, Alabama, directed by Haley Capan
Freeport High School Select Chorale from Freeport, New York, directed by Monique Retzlaff
Garner Magnet High School Die Meistersingers from Garner, NC, directed by Meredith Clayton
Leesville Road High School Capital Pride from Raleigh, NC, directed by Diane Covington
Robert Hendrickson High School Hawk Chorale from Pflugerville, Texas, directed by Kay Payton

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