June 14th Flag Day choral event!

The Kennedy Center, Chorus America, and Classical Movements are proud to announce they are partnering with the Smithsonian Institution to present the "Raise It Up! Anthem for America" concert - an exciting event in the nation's capital celebrating the Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary - with Francisco Núñez, Guest Conductor, and Eric Whitacre, Guest Conductor of "America the Beautiful," the U.S. Air Force Concert Band, as well as celebrity guest artist, Brian McKnight!

Voices of Our Nation: Celebrating the Choral Tradition

Anthem for America's "Raise It Up!" concert, on June 14, 2014, will be the grand finale of a week-long celebration of choral music presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Voices from across the country will come together in our nation’s capital to present Raise It Up! on Flag Day in celebration of the Star Spangled Banner's 200th Anniversary. The event will also be part of a live webcast and will be accompanied by the premier U.S. Air Force Concert Band.

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Choirs from across the country join together on Flag Day for this one-day event in the capital city of the U.S.A.! Singers from all walks of life and of many different backgrounds, will come to celebrate in song this great Nation's history!

For more information, contact cameron@classicalmovements.com.



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Guest Conductor Francisco Núñez

Francisco J. Núñez, recipient of a MacArthur "genius" Fellowship presented to individuals for their "exceptional originality in and dedication to their creative pursuits," is a composer, conductor, visionary, leading figure in music education, and the artistic director of the Young People's Chorus of New York City (YPC). Mr. Núñez founded YPC in 1988 to provide children of all ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds with a safe haven for personal and artistic growth, and in 2011 YPC was presented with the nation's highest honor for youth programs, a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

Mr. Núñez also leads University Glee Club of New York City, its fifth conductor since the all-men's choir was established in 1894, and was the director of choral activities at New York University from 2003 to 2010. He is sought after nationwide as a guest conductor by professional orchestras and choirs, and as a master teacher and advisor for choral workshops, demonstrations, and festivals.

Mr. Núñez serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Chorus America and is the recipient of numerous awards, including an ASCAP Concert Music Award, the New York Choral Society's Choral Excellence Award, a Liberty Medal from the New York Post, and ABC-TV's "World News with Diane Sawyer" honored him as its "Person of the Week." Hispanic Business magazine named him one of its 100 Most Influential Hispanics; GMC's national campaign hailed him as an unsung Hispanic hero; La Sociedad Coral Latinoamericana honored him as its Man of the Year, and for his dedication and efforts in promoting Latino culture, he was honored by Centro Cívico Cultural Dominicano.

Guest Conductor Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre is one of the most popular and performed composers of our time, a distinguished conductor, broadcaster and public speaker. His first album as both composer and conductor on Decca/Universal, Light & Gold, won a Grammy® in 2012, reaped unanimous five star reviews and became the no. 1 classical album on the US and UK charts within a week of release. His ground-breaking Virtual Choirs (with combined YouTube hits of over 15 million) have captured the imagination of millions worldwide, as well as visionaries in the digital space. The latest, Virtual Choir 4 Fly to Paradise, released in July 2013, received over 8,400 submissions from 101 countries and launched at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace/BBC 1.

Eric has written for The Tallis Scholars, BBC Proms, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Chanticleer, Julian Lloyd Webber and the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Rundfunkchor and The King’s Singers among others. A versatile musician, he has also worked with legendary film composer, Hans Zimmer, co-writing the Mermaid Theme for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

An exceptional orator, Eric was honored to address the U.N. Leaders programme and the revered TED conference in Long Beach CA where he earned the first full standing ovation of the event. He has addressed audiences worldwide, including leading Universities, The Economist, Seoul Digital Forum and the World Economic Forum, Davos in January 2013. In April 2014, Eric began a relationship with the Minnesota Orchestra and Chorale as a guest conductor for a week this year, and he will be returning in 2015 for a week with the orchestra and a week with the chorale.


Classical Movements is celebrating 21 years of specializing in custom travel arrangements for classical music groups, with vast experience in working with varying size ensembles, from chamber orchestras to professional orchestras up to 150 musicians, and choruses of up to 250 singers. Arrangements include concerts, collaborations, master classes, and cultural exchanges. Classical Movements is dedicated to working with top groups on its vast client list from children’s and adult choruses to youth and professional orchestras. The company also produces four of its own international music festivals since 2002 and has established the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program, which has commissioned new works since 2006.