Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir to Salute V.I. Transfer Centennial

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The U.S. Virgin Islands can look forward to the magic of the acclaimed Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir (CRCC) under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark. Featuring 42 boys and men, the upcoming concert series is titled “A Choral Salute to the USVI Centennial.” A highlight will be the world premiere of a specially written piece for accompaniment by an acoustic steel pan that will be played by local pannist Francis Callwood.

“We are most honored to be able to perform in a salute to the auspicious occasion of the Centennial,” said Ebbe Munk, director. “The premiere of a piece for steel pan will be special.”  

The series will begin Tuesday, May 2, at Christiansted Government House, followed by a performance Wednesday, May 3, at Saint Patrick’s Church, Frederiksted.  The tour will culminate on St. Thomas on Saturday, May 6, at Reichhold Center for the Performing Arts.  

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For details or tickets, call the Reichhold Box Office at 693-1559 or visit reichholdcenter.org.

“…Magic far across the wide seas” — Sydney Opera House

 “Mankind can learn much from these sublime choristers.” and “a moment of breathtaking execution.” — New Zealand press

They have left audiences in Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris in awe. Le “A unique ensemble… must be ranked as the best in Europe side by side with the Vienna Boys and the Choir of King’s College Cambridge.” — Le Figaro Newspaper of France

“… a persuasive display of Danish virtuosity.” — England’s Birmingham Post

And now the U.S. Virgin Islands can look forward to the magic of the acclaimed Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir (CRCC) under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince Henrik of Denmark. Featuring 42 boys and men, the upcoming concert series is titled “A Choral Salute to the USVI Centennial. A highlight will be the world premiere of a specially written piece for accompaniment by an acoustic steel pan that will be played by local pannist Francis Callwood.

“We are most honored to be able to perform in a salute to the auspicious occasion of the Centennial,” said Ebbe Munk, director. “The premiere of a piece for steel pan will be special.” 

Local sponsors include Caneel Bay Resort, Friends of Denmark, Virgin Islands Source Inc., WSTA 1340 Radio, Virgin Islands Daily News and JKC Communications. The West Indian Company Ltd. is a patron.

For more information on the choir, visit: www.kdk.dk.

Some History: Among some of the oldest European Musical traditions are the Cathedral choirs and their choir schools. The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is the only representative of this tradition in Scandinavia.

Founded in 1924 by Mogens Wöldike, the choir quickly developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training in Sankt Annae Gymnasium, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School.  Since 1959, the choir has been resident at Copenhagen Cathedral and as part of its duties performs at state occasions and during royal visits abroad. In fact, since Ebbe Munk became director of the choir in 1991 they have undertaken concerts in leading concert halls, cathedrals and festivals all over the world. This includes leading concert managers such as Dell‘Arte in South America, Wu Promotion in China and Sydney Opera House Trust in Australia.

Since 1991 Ebbe Munk has been the artistic director and chief conductor of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir.

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