New York, NY & Washington, DC
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - Tuesday, July 9, 2013
Pueri Cantores XXXVIII International Congress
July 3, 3:00pm
Basilica of the National Shrine
Opening Ceremony participation of the XXXVIII International Congress of Pueri Cantores and Procession Flags
July 4, 11:45am
Opening Ceremony for America's Independence Day Parade
July 5, 12:00pm
Thomas Jefferson Memorial
Prayer for Peace
July 5, 7:30pm
St. Patricks Church
Evening Gala Concert
July 6, 5:15pm
Basilica of the National Shrine
Concluding Mass and Ceremony
NEW YORK, NY
July 7, 7:30pm Mass
Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
980 Park Avenue at 84th Street
July 9, 12:00pm
St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University
1160 Amsterdam Ave at 116th St.
All concerts free and open to the public
The Polish Federation of Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenses Choir was established in 1998 by Anna and Wiktor Bramski. The choir is a member of the International Federation of Pueri Cantores and as of today, it consists of 170 boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 24 from the city of Plock, Poland's medieval royal seat, about 70 miles from the present capital of Warsaw. Over the course of 15 years a relatively unknown local Cathedral choir from Plock, the Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenses have entered the international stage with performances in the Vatican, Ukraine, France, the Czech Republic, Germany, and other countries.
July marks the choirs official United States debut. In Washington, DC they will perform during the Pueri Cantores XXXVIII International Congress from July 3-7. The New York performance at St. Ignatius Loyola will include 50 children who will sing during the 7:30pm Mass on July 7, and the concert at St. Pauls Chapel on July 9th is a part of Music at St. Paul's Chapel, Summer 2013 and will include 69 children performing their own repertoire.
Pueri et Puellae Cantores repertoire consists mainly of liturgical settings, but they include compositions from a wide range of epochs and styles: from Gregorian chant to contemporary music, as well as cantata and oratorio pieces, Christmas carols, and folk music. The choir has performed works by Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, Handel, Gounod, Czesnokow, Donizetti, Bruckner, Shostakovich, Schubert, Caccini, Verdi, Czyz, Swider, Gorczycki, and others. Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenes have made several recordings, have appeared in a staging of La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini, and have sung on soundtracks in the films: Adam Mickiewicz (dir. Tadeusz Bystram), and My Australia (dir. by Ami Drozd) presented at the New York Jewish Film Festival in 2012.
The choir collaborates with some of the most renowned Polish cultural institutions such as The Grand Theatre in Warsaw, The National Philharmonic, Sinfonia Varsovia, and the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.
The choir has won numerous awards and distinctions at national and international festivals and competitions, including First Prize in the National Competition for a capella choirs (2002), Golden Kamerton and the Minister of Culture Award (2002), first prizes at Cantino Lodzenisis (2000, 2002), and the First Prize at the Music Academy of Warsaw Competition (2003).
Pueri et Puellae Cantores Plocenes performances are presented by the Polish Cultural Institute New York, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland, St. Ignatius Loyola Church, and St. Paul's Chapel at Columbia University.
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