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The City Choir of Washington will premiere two new works by Sir John Tavener at the Washington National Cathedral April 21, 2013.

On April 21, 2013, The City Choir of Washington will present the world premiere performance of two new works by Sir John Tavener, Three Poems of George Herbert and Tolstoy's Creed, at the Washington National Cathedral. In honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the concert will also feature works that were performed at her 1953 coronation.

We are an organization with BIG aspirations this season. A generous benefactor commissioned and paid for a new work by the British composer Sir John Tavener on behalf of our choir. We humbly and gratefully accepted, but with a huge gulp. The performance of this work will force us to use up our existing capital and possibly put the future existence of the choir in jeopardy. We don't want that to happen! The Washington National Cathedral will be a new performance space for us, and we're excited about the concert we will be presenting. We are hoping we can raise the amount needed to pay the rental fee for the 2nd largest cathedral in the United States for this special concert.

With your help and if we are incredibly fortunate to surpass our initial funding goal, [It looks like we did, 10 days early, thanks to YOU!] our stretch goals would be to raise additional funds needed to pay for the orchestra and soloists. Beyond that, maybe we could collect even more toward a potential recording. It's up to YOU! Did I mention that we have BIG aspirations this season? Check out Update no. 5 on the UPDATES tab above our project page for an outline of our stretch goals to raise additional funds for the orchestra.

If you are a fan of choral music, please share this campaign with all your music-loving friends and be a part of bringing a world premiere to life! Contribute a little or a lot. Spread the word on Facebook or Twitter! 

The Press release: http://www.prlog.org/11907171-city-choir-of-washington-to-present-world-premiere-of-new-work-by-sir-john-tavener.html

Visit The City Choir of Washington website at: www.citychoir.org

To purchase tickets for the April 21, 2013 performance, visit the Washington National Cathedral at: https://tickets.cathedral.org/public 

Read more about Sir John Tavener at his website:
http://www.johntavener.com/

For any performance of live music, concert ticket sales alone do not fully cover the costs of performance. In addition to renting the hall, there are program printing costs, additional marketing costs and, most importantly, paying for the wonderful professional soloists and orchestra musicians.

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The additional costs of the performance for this concert beyond our regular bare-bones budget is daunting. The show will go on, but we want to ensure that the City Choir of Washington organization has the funds necessary not only to cover costs of the National Cathedral venue, but also to afford continued robust existence of our organization and the further growth of our fan base. Our singers are talented, dedicated, and motivated to get things done, and we'll do whatever we can to make this world premiere event a success. If we don't raise our $20,000 goal, none of our contributors will be charged any of their pledged amounts. Reaching our funding goal will help us breathe easier and good breathing is essential for an excellent choir!

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  • The City Choir of Washington is recognized by Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. You may obtain a copy of our financial statement by writing The City Choir of Washington, P.O. Box 9673, Washington DC 20016 or by calling us (202) 495-1613. The financial statement may also be obtained from the Virginia Office of Consumer Affairs upon written request and, for the cost of copying and postage, from the Secretary of State of Maryland.

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    Pledge $10 and you get our thanks and we'll send you an electronic copy of the concert program. Plus you will get email updates on status of the Sir John Tavener project (rehearsal notes, comments, etc.)

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    In honor of Queen Elizabeth's 60th jubilee year, pledge $60 and you'll get the special pin with the City Choir Royal Season logo! All backers and donors who give at this level or higher will be listed by name in our concert program. We can also acknowledge your donation anonymously if you wish. If you want the Royal Season logo T-shirt, add $10.

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    The Royal Treatment level: You'll get all of the above: the T-shirt and the Royal Season logo pin and a printed copy of the program. Also you will receive a personal note of thanks from a member of the choir and an audio clip of a song from our Christmas 2012 concert rehearsal.

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    All rewards at the above level plus you'll get a single ticket to our April concert and a pass to the pre-concert lecture. Also you'll receive an autographed copy of the program by Grammy award winning conductor Robert Shafer. Ticket and pass to you by concert time in April.

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    All the rewards at the Royal Treatment ($100 level) except you'll get TWO tickets to our April concert and TWO passes to the pre-concert lecture. You will be recognized as a member of The Royal Circle in our program and you'll receive TWO autographed copies of the program by Grammy award winning conductor Robert Shafer. Tickets and passes to you by concert time in April.

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    STRETCH GOAL addition: Underwrite a soloist! All the rewards at the $1,000 and you will be given special recognition in our program as a soloist underwriter and receive TWO autographed copies of the program by Grammy award winning conductor Robert Shafer. Tickets and passes to you by concert time in April. Please specify which voice part in the COMMENTS section when you pledge. Available: Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass.

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    You will receive an invitation for TWO persons to a private reception hosted by the British Council before the concert on March 13, 2013 and TWO tickets to the April 21, 2013 post-concert reception celebrating the Tavener World Premiere to you by concert time in April. Plus all the rewards offered at the $1000 level.

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    STRETCH GOAL addition: Pledge this amount and you will get the baton Bob Shafer will use to conduct the new Tavener pieces at the world premiere concert on April 21, 2013.

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    All premiums at the $2500 level and an invitation for TWO people to a private reception with Sir John Tavener during the April 2013 concert week. Premiere seating at the Washington National Cathedral.

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    STRETCH GOAL addition: Bob Shafer said he'd give his tuxedo if someone pledged $10,000. Pledge this amount and you will get Bob's Hugo Boss designed tuxedo! Please let us know in advance if you would like it cleaned.

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