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Works of international composers to premiere at Fourth Festival of Universal Sacred Music in Manhattan, April 24-25, 2010
by Irene Maslowski for Vocal Area Network
Posted April 17, 2010

Roger Davidson, president and founder of The Society for Universal Sacred MusicThe Society for Universal Sacred Music (www.universalsacredmusic.org) will present the works of thirteen international artists whose works will premier at the Society's Fourth Festival of Universal Sacred Music April 24-25, 2010 in New York City. The compositions were selected from an international competition that featured submissions from more than 260 composers of many nationalities including the United States, Sweden, France, Italy, New Zealand, Turkey, the Ukraine, Switzerland, Greece, Hong Kong and the Czech Republic.

According to the Society's Artistic Director, Harold Rosenbaum, "Music is a great transmitter of spiritual energy, and the caliber of pieces selected for this year's competition not only reflect the mission of the Society, but also the commitment of choral composers throughout the world to combine uplifting and profound texts to glorious music." The two choral concerts in the Festival will feature more than a dozen choral works that give credence to the many different styles, both tonal and atonal, that composers all over the world are immersed in today as well as in recent times. The concerts will feature mixed choir, women's choir, children's choir, a cappella music, and works with up to 10 instruments. Director Rosenbaum notes, "There is something here for everyone to enjoy!"

Composers include Miguel Chuaqui, USA (Salmo 139); Gerald C