Thursday April 25, 2013

WESTMINSTER -- The Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir has been chosen as one of nine regional choruses to appear on the finale of the WGBY public television choral competition series, "Together in Song," on Sunday.

After reviewing the performances of 36 adult and children’s choirs in various categories over four weeks, the judges announced their final selections April 16. The 40-member ensemble from Kurn Hattin was selected for their competition entry in the children’s gospel category. "Together in Song," now in its third season, is produced and aired by Public Television member station WGBY in Western New England. The Kurn Hattin Select Choir will perform live on stage at the season finale showcase on Sunday at 7 p.m., at the Paramount Theater, 1700 Main St., in Springfield, Mass. The performance will be broadcast live on WGBY.

The Kurn Hattin Select Choir, directed by Lisa Bianconi, is the first Vermont chorus selected to compete in the "Together in Song" series, which highlights non-professional children’s and adult choirs in various musical genres. The children taped their performance at WGBY’s studios in early February, and their selections aired on the show’s season premiere on March 23. The 36 groups competed in nine categories according to age and musical genre. Kurn Hattin’s selection as a Showcase Performer was determined by a combination of judges’ scores and audience votes.


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Bianconi, Kurn Hattin’s music director since 1985, said, "This year in particular has been an amazing adventure for our students." Last fall, the choir performed on stage with Grammy-winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster at the Bellows Falls Opera House.

The live "Together in Song" showcase performance, hosted by Springfield Symphony Orchestra maestro Kevin Rhodes, will feature the nine ensembles, each representing one competition category. For more information on "Together in Song" and broadcast venues, visit togetherinsong.wgby.org.

Tickets for the "Together in Song" Showcase live are $50 for café patron seating, $20 for general admission, and $5 for children ages 12 and under. For ticket information, call 413-781-2801 or visit togetherinsong.wgby.org.