Events

American Celebration of Music in France
National Festival of the States in Washington, D.C.
National Memorial Day Concert Series in Washington, D.C.
National Memorial Day Parade in Washington, D.C.
D-Day 70 Memorial Concert in Normandy
Paris Choral Festival
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AMERICAN CELEBRATION OF MUSIC – 2014

American Celebration of Music in FranceThe American Celebration of Music is a special annual performance-tour program, co-sponsored by local governments, music associations, community organizations, and tourist boards around the globe. In many countries this has developed into a prestigious, recognized, year-long concert-series festival. Recognition of this festival facilitates greater access to performance venues, official publicity, generally very successful concert arrangements, and the ability to touch local cultures in a way that may not be done through other affiliations. This equates to more meaningful musical and emotional experiences for participating performance ensembles.

In 2014, this unique concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary Commemorations of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of France. Music ensembles that are invited will be recognized in France for their participation in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The American Celebration of Music in France includes destinations and musical experiences that remind participants of Franco-American ties and long friendships that date back to the American Revolution in 1776. Normandy (Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery) and Eastern France provide opportunities to pay musical tribute to thousands of Americans who never returned to America, having given their all for the present freedom of Europe and our country.

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NATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE STATES – 2014

National Festival of the States - DC-2The National Festival of the States is an annual concert series developed by Music Celebrations in various cities throughout the United States. These performance tours are supported by local government offices, community organizations, tourist boards, and the like. Such affiliations offer a more memorable musical, cultural and educational experience for recommended ensembles (both instrumental and vocal) to perform in different venues in the most historic cities and celebrate the founding, history, and institutions of the United States!

In 2014, this unique concert series will be part of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of D-Day, and will serve as a musical tribute to America’s Greatest Generation. Music ensembles that are invited will be recognized in Washington, D.C. for their participation in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and will be featured in the most prestigious venues available with the greatest potential for audiences. Some notable opportunities will include performances for current and retired American veterans.

Music Celebrations International, long an organizer of the National Festival of the States, is the exclusive tour and concert producer from the United States to organize these concerts in the nation’s capital to memorialize this solemn anniversary, and to celebrate the many freedoms enjoyed by the world today – thanks to the men and women who served, fought and gave their lives during this pivotal moment in human history. Music Celebrations is pleased to have the support of the American Veterans Center, and recognition from local officials in Washington, D.C., of D-Day 70 Concerts.

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NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT SERIES – May 24-26, 2014

National Festival of the States - DC-2The 2014 National Memorial Day Concert Series will be one of the highlight events to take place over Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, D.C. This exclusive concert series will feature outstanding musical performances by choirs, concert bands, and orchestras at the National World War II Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, and the United States Air Force Memorial, throughout this special three-day holiday weekend. This is one of the many musical events taking place in 2014 in Washington, D.C. and France to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Normandy.

Music Celebrations International is pleased to host this event with support from the American Veterans Center.

Come experience our nation’s capital by participating in the National Memorial Day Concert Series. There is no greater place and time to honor America’s veterans.

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NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – May 26, 2014

National Memorial Day ParadeThe National Memorial Day Parade takes place annually in Washington, D.C., and exists to pay tribute to America’s Veterans and our Honored War Dead from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.

In this era of uncertainty and war, we realize more vividly how much our very freedoms rest on the courageous sacrifices of so many men and women throughout the course of our country’s history.

In 2004, after a long absence, a parade returned to Washington, D.C. on Memorial Day to coincide with the dedication of the National World War II Memorial. This outpouring of appreciation to the veterans of World War II spilled over to veterans of the more recent conflicts. Anthony A. Williams, former Mayor of Washington, D.C., was so moved by this parade that he was instrumental in reinstating it as an annual event in conjunction with the American Veterans Center and Music Celebrations International.

The 2014 National Memorial Day Parade will be presented in commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day: The Battle of Normandy and the Liberation of France. The parade is traditionally broadcast on the Military Channel, and to our troops around the globe on the the Pentagon Channel and American Forces Network.

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D-DAY 70 MEMORIAL CONCERT – June 6, 2014

D-Day 70 Memorial ConcertThe D-Day 70 Memorial Wind Band will be a highlight of the D-Day 70 Memorial Concert at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial on June 6, 2014. Wind bands and individual band performers from across the United States are invited to participate in this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Conducted by Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel – Conductor Emeritus of the United States Air Force Band, and member of the United States Army’s 29th Infantry Division that fought in the Battle of Normandy – the mass band will rehearse in Paris for several days, as well as present a concert, in advance of the June 6 performance in Normandy.

This event will be produced by the American Veterans Center and Music Celebrations International.

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PARIS CHORAL FESTIVAL – June 30-July 5, 2014

Paris Choral FestivalMusic Celebrations International is pleased to present the second-annual PARIS CHORAL FESTIVAL, to take place June 30 – July 5, 2014. Under the artistic direction of Dr. William Skoog, this festival will bring American mixed voice choirs to Paris to sing en masse in celebration of the centuries-old Franco-American friendship.

Featuring Gabriel Fauré’s remarkable Requiem in L’église de la Madeleine – the very church where the work was premiered – this festival is being presented in honor of the 70th anniversary of The Battle of Normandy and the Allied Invasion of France in World War II. The festival will feature patriotic works to honor the occasion, culminating in a grand musical commemoration for the heroes that fought for freedom during the world’s greatest invasion.

Participation in the Paris Choral Festival will offer the opportunity to sing the European Premier of “The Singing Rooms” by America’s most performed contemporary composer – Jennifer Higdon.

Following the finale performance, choirs will journey to nearby Normandy for an Independence Day choral remembrance and wreath-laying at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial – site of the June 6th, 1944 Allied Invasion.

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