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Cantigas Women's Choir makes its international debut in Argentina
Posted 6/29/2016

Cantigas Women's ChoirHudson County’s Cantigas Women’s Choir will make its international debut in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with two major concerts during a week-long visit to the South American capital. With 30 singers from the area (including residents of Jersey City, Hoboken, Weehawken and New York City) ranging in age from 18 to 70, the group will perform a solo concert at Primera Iglesia Metodista de Buenos Aires at 7:30 PM on July 5, and will participate in a choral festival with some of Argentina’s most prestigious choirs at the Iglesia San Carlos at 8 PM on July 7. More...


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  • Gregg Smith, who founded the Gregg Smith Singers in 1955 and was a pioneer of professional choral singing, has died at the age of 84. Read his obituary in The New York Times. (2016-7-18)
  • The Dessoff Choirs has annnounced its appointment of Malcolm J. Merriweather as its ninth music director. (2016-5-24)
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