The sounds of Scandinavia and the Baltic will grace our town when the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, hosts an international choral exchange with the renowned Estonian TV Girls’ Choir and Finland’s Vox Aurea (“The Golden Voice”), that will culminate with a free concert featuring all three choirs on Wednesday, July 22, at 7 pm, at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
Vox Aurea, led by Sanna Salminen, will thrill the audience with a range of traditional Finnish folk songs and classical selections that evoke the peaceful and expansive landscape of Scandinavia. The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir, under the direction of Aarne Saluveer, will perform regional folk music as well as contemporary jazz and pop music.
“We are delighted to welcome to L.A. and showcase the incredible artistry of Vox Aurea and the Estonian TV Girls’ Choir,” says Tomlinson. “We enjoyed our previous collaborations with these remarkable choirs and look forward to another meaningful exchange.” LACC previously performed with both choirs during its 2010 tour to the Baltic region and Scandinavia.
Vox Aurea is considered one of Finland’s leading choirs. It was founded in 1968 and has performed around the globe. The singers, who range in age from 11 to 18, participate in training choirs then undergo rigorous auditions before joining Vox Aurea.
The Estonian TV Girls’ Choir is among the top choirs in Estonia, a tiny European nation long known for its strong choral traditions. Its singers, whose age ranges 15-25, have appeared at numerous international festivals and received multiple awards.
The July 22 concert will be free of charge with seating on a first-come first-served basis. The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, 91101. For more information on the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, call (626) 793-4231 or visit http://www.lachildrenschorus.org
Photo: Finnish Choir Vox Aurea, used with permission