Sunday, February 19, 5:00 p.m.
Sustaining the one-thousand-year-old boychoir tradition with a distinctly American voice, the country’s most widely touring and performing choral ensemble returns to Redeemer, bringing its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation and ensemble virtuosity in a sixty minute concert program. Directed by Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Artistic Director.
No tickets required. All are welcome.
Free-will offering. Reception to follow.
The American Boychoir has long been recognized as one of the finest musical ensembles in the country. Under the leadership of Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Music Director, the American Boychoir has dazzled audiences with its unique blend of musical sophistication, spirited presentation, and ensemble virtuosity. The Boychoir performs regularly with world-class orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and is often featured with such illustrious conductors as James Levine, Charles Dutoit, and Alan Gilbert. The American Boychoir is frequently invited to join internationally-renowned artists on stage, and the list of collaborators reflects the extraordinary range of the ensemble: from great classical artists such as Jessye Norman and Frederica von Stade to jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and pop icons Beyoncé and Sir Paul McCartney. The choir’s young soloists are also in high demand and have joined forces with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, The Cleveland Orchestra, and Spoleto Festival USA, to name a few. As an icon of American musical excellence, the Boychoir has been invited to sing for every sitting U.S. President since John F. Kennedy. Touring frequently at home and abroad as preeminent ambassadors, the American Boychoir spreads messages of beauty and hope through outstanding musical achievement. Boys in fourth through eighth grades, reflecting the ethnic, religious and cultural diversity of the United States, come from across the country and around the world to pursue a rigorous musical and academic curriculum at the American Boychoir School in Princeton, New Jersey. While keeping up with their academic demands, the boys balance schoolwork with an intense national and international touring schedule. In addition to the almost 100 solo concerts, the 2015-2016 season includes four national tours, continued international releases of the movie “Boychoir” with Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, and members of the American Boychoir, performances of Mahler’s Symphony 8 with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and engagements at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The legacy of the American Boychoir is preserved through an extensive recording catalog, which boasts over 45 commercial recordings and the launch of its own label, Albemarle Records.
Fernando Malvar-Ruiz, Litton-Lodal Artistic Director of the American Boychoir, began his musical studies at the age of ten in his native Spain. His undergraduate degrees in piano performance and music theory are from the Reál Conservatorio Superior de Música in Madrid, and he has also completed his Kodály certification in Kécskemet, Hungary, where he was awarded the prestigious Sharolta Kodály scholarship. He also holds a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from The Ohio State University and has completed all coursework toward a doctoral degree in musical arts from the University of Illinois. Widely sought after internationally as a guest conductor, lecturer, and clinician, Malvar-Ruiz is recognized as an expert in the adolescent male evolving voice. He joined the American Boychoir School as Associate Music Director in 2000 and was appointed to the position of Litton-Lodal Music Director in 2004. Each year, he leads the American Boychoir in over one hundred performances and on tours throughout the United States and the world. During his tenure, the American Boychoir has performed for major national and international events including the 9/11 Memorial Service (broadcast worldwide live on CNN), the Academy Awards, the Youth AIDS Benefit Gala and the US Open Tennis Tournament, among others. The American Boychoir, under Mr. Malvar’s leadership, was chosen to perform at the 2009 ACDA National Convention in Oklahoma, the 2010 Kodály National Conference in Dallas, Texas, as well as many regional ACDA and NAFMA conventions.
In 2014, the American Boychoir made its feature film debut in Boychoir starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas and newcomer Garrett Wareing. Members of the American Boychoir are prominently featured in the film, and Mr. Malvar-Ruiz appears as Maestro Molina, in addition to his roles as Music Director, Choirmaster and Arranger for the film. Mr. Malvar-Ruiz served as Artistic Director and Guest Conductor for the 2005 World Children’s Choir Festival in Hong Kong and the 2015 PICFEST in Eugene, OR. He has conducted honor choirs at American Choral Director’s Association national and regional conventions and at the Organization of American Kodály Educators national conventions. For 11 summers, he instructed the summer master’s program in Kodály at Capital University, and in 2007â€“2012, he served on the faculty at the Academia Internacional de Verano de Dirección Coral y Pedagogía Musical in Las Palmas, Spain.