CINCINNATI—A gold medal at the World Choir Games can bring invitations to perform throughout the world. For the Cincinnati Children's Choir 's elite corps, Bel Canto, winning the gold in 2012 opened the door to perform this coming week in China.
The 35 singers of Bel Canto are performing June 13-22 on stages in Beijing and Shanghai, including performances at the International Children's Choir Festival in Beijing's Forbidden City Concert Hall. The Cincinnati singers will perform American and Chinese works and share the stage with the China Children's Choir.
The Cincinnati Children's Choir won its gold medal in the Youth Choirs of Equal Voices division at the 2012 World Choir Games , placing first in the U.S. and fifth in the world.
Touring isn't new to this choir, which plans international trips at least every three years. In 2015, the choir is making its first appearance at The Vatican.
In this video, we catch the choir in a tune-up performance before leaving for China and meet with founding managing director Robyn Lana.