Annual Ethnic Celebration Series
The culturally rich, diverse population to which Schola Cantorum on Hudson (SCH) has always brought its musical efforts was the initial inspiration for what became known as the group’s annual Ethnic Celebration Series. Through this series, SCH selects a nationality or culture as the focus for one of its three annual self-produced concerts.
The Ethnic Celebration Series tangibly extends SCH’s international reach as it explores and performs historical music not otherwise in the mainstream, works with composers from around the world, and collaborates with local entities and demographics representing each. A number of world premiere and US premiere performances have taken place within the context of the annual SCH Ethnic Celebration Series.
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts Grant Panel commended SCH on its annual Ethnic Celebration Series in its 2010 published award comments as, “promoting cultural diversity, particularly with programming choices.”
Countries, nationalities, cultures featured:
Season 18, May 2013: Indigenous Music of the Americas
Season 17, May 2012: Thresholds: focus on Tibet
Season 16, May 2011: Music of Estonia
Season 15, March 2010: The American Melting Pot
Season 14, March 2009: Music of Norway
Season 13, March 2008: Austria, Land of Song
Season 12, March 2007: Sacred Bridge: Judeo-Christian Connection
Season 11, May 2006: ‘Mexico: Five Centuries of Choral Music’
Season 10, March 2005: L’Chaim! Music of the Jewish People
Season 09, March 2004: Celtic Cousins; Music of Scotland & Wales
Season 08, March 2003: Auf die Musik Deutschlands!
Season 07, March 2002: May the Road Rise to Meet You (Ireland)
Season 06, December 2000: Christmas in Merrie Old England
Season 05, March 2000: The Soul of Russia
Season 04, June 1999: America! In Times of Strife and Triumph
Season 03, March 1998: A Musical Portrait of Poland
Season 02, April 1997: Italy: Land of Song
Season 01, March 1996: A Celtic Celebration in Choral Music