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Essential Voices: Bio

Judith Clurman's Essential Voices USA (EVUSA) promotes the love of music and the art of ensemble singing. Hailed by The Sondheim Review as a "world-class chorus," the group has a flexible roster of professional singers, auditioned volunteers, and high school students who perform a wide range of musical genres and styles. The group's size varies according to the musical needs of each project. EVUSA is currently in residence with the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall and also produces its own classical concerts, workshops, and recordings. As part of its mission, EVUSA is committed to improving children's lives through music, and has involved over one hundred high school students in concerts at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Space.

1 The Pledge of Allegiance  
2 The New Colossus  
3 Reason to be Thankful  
4 Two Paraphrases on American Anthems  
5 Hymn for America  
6 Take Care of This House  
7 Washington Round  
8 John Adams' Prayer  
9 Opinion is Power  
10 Round  
11 One Man with Courage Makes a Majority  
12 The Ballot is Stronger than the Bullet  
13 A Theodore Roosevelt Round  
14 I Believe in Democracy  
15 Admonition of FDR  
16 Truman  
17 Eisenhower Round  
18 Freedom's Road  
19 Moral Courage  
20 an Ode  
21 A Simple Oath  
22 With Hope and Virtue  
23 It Gets Lonely in the White House  
24 The Stars and Stripes Forever  
25 A Seed of Grain  
26 A Quiet Moment  
27 American Dream  
28 God Bless America  
Celebrating the American Spirit - Essential Voices USA
Essential Voices USA - Hymn For America
Essential Voices - Various

Sono Luminus proudly presents Celebrating the American Spirit, performed by Essential Voices USA and directed by Judith Clurman, which reconfigures musical expressions of nationhood. EVUSA joins together with guest soloists and instrumentalists, including singers Kelli O'Hara and Ron Raines, and composer-arranger Larry Hochman. There is even a new lyric by Sheldon Harnick, the famed lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof. From beginning to end, EVUSA delivers imaginatively conceived performances that articulate new visions of community and civic responsibility in the 21st century.

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