"One World, One People" Music Video © INTERKULTUR

One World, One People

INTERKULTUR New Year’s Concert 2023

International Choral Scene

Looking back at 2022 we’re happy that we were able to come together again, to sing together and to celebrate with singers from all over the world! We met in Italy, Latvia, Greece, Germany, Spain and also Portugal and enjoyed many delighting moments of joy and happiness and listened to fabulous choral music. We’re grateful that in the passing year we were finally able again to bring huge parts of the international choral community together again.

But the events of 2022 have also reminded us again that there is no higher good than peace in the world and peace among nations. We were often reminded of Hans Christian Andersen's true words, who said: "Where words fail, music speaks."

That’s why we decided to gift a special New Year’s Concert to the international choral world, reminding all of us of the power of music to bring peace in the world. So, let us fill 2023 with music that unites people and nations, and look forward to the coming year with confidence!

For our New Year’s Concert we have asked choirs from around the world to contribute to our concert sharing with us a song that means a lot to them and spreads a positive message of peace and harmony.

World Premiere of “One World, One People”

The concert’s final song is even a world premiere: Composed by Randall Johnson the song “One World, One People” was recorded for the first time by the Daegu Jazz Singers in an arrangement by INTERKULTUR Artistic Director Johan Rooze. The song is a simple, upbeat song to spread the message of peace in the world and among nations to everyone. It was published for the first time in this New Year’s Concert on January 1, 2023.

Enjoy the concert and sing along!

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Concert Program:

  1. VOCES CORDIS, South Africa
    Conductor: André van der Merwe
    “Sing Gently” by Eric Whitacre
  2. Deep Space Choir, China
    Conductor: Meng Dapeng
    "世界的约定- The Promise of the World” by Yumi Kimura/ Lyrics: Shuntaro Tanigawa/ Arr.:Yasushi Imamura, adapted by Sun Yue, Bi Minglei
  3. University of Pretoria Camerata & Barnsley Youth Choir, South Africa & Great Britain
    Conductors: Michael Barrett & Mat Wright
    “Let the River Run” by Carly Simon, Arr. Craig Hella Johnson
  4. St. Mary´s Varsity Male Ensemble - St. Mary's International School, Japan
    Conductor: Randy Stenson
    “Twa Tanbou” by Sydney Guillaume
  5. Young People´s Chorus of New York City, USA
    Conductor: Francisco J. Núñez
    “Let there be Peace on Earth” by Sy Miller & Jill Jackson, Arr. Irwin Fisch
  6. Daegu Jazz Singers, Republic of Korea
    Conductor: Johan Rooze
    “One World, One People” by Randall Johnson, Arr. Johan Rooze

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