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Harmonies Girls Choir

Harmonies Girls Choir

HARMONIES GIRLS CHOIR has been recognized as an "elite" treble choir since its first appearance, in November 2002, for the dedication of St. Thomas Church , where they sang works by Mozart and Michael Praetorius. Since that year, they perform every year at the St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral with great acclaim at its annual classical Christmas concert. They were soon invited to perform at the Our Lady of Los Angeles Cathedral , where now they are booked frequently for many events and in many other churches in L.A. and outside, including the Mission of St Ynes , in Solvang, CA

In July 2004, HARMONIES traveled to GERMANY to its first international tour since the group was selected to participate as a performing choir at the PUERICANTORES CHOIR FESTIVAL 2004. The girls sang at the Karmelitenkirche and Brendlorenzen in Bad Neustadt; Bad Konigshofen kirke ; the Wurzburger Dome in Wurzburg; Bad Kogahofen Kirke in Kaarst; the Folk im (Dom) Forum and the Great Cathedral of the Magi , in Cologne. The tour was a success, and Mr. Espinal and the choir were widely acclaimed by a warm German audience. Harmonies received reviews on the German newspapers "Bad Neustadt" and "Rhon-u Saalepost".

Back in Los Angeles , the choir was recognized for its achievements and was invited to open the 11th Annual Celebration of L.A. Music Week at the Bradley Towers , at the Top of the Los Angeles City Hall . Council Member Jack Weiss honored Mr. Espinal at the Chamber of council members for his work with the youth in Los Angeles with an honorary Certificate of Recognition by the City of Los Angeles . 8 months after, council member of the 1 st . district Ed Reyes honored the whole choir for its achievements .with another Certificate of appreciation.

On September 2005 Harmonies was selected as the only group to perform the U.S.A. National Anthem for the celebration of Mexico 's Independence Day, where Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was presiding the event, at the L.A. City Hall . This event was broadcasted nationally and seen by millions.

In December 2004 and again in 2005 Harmonies has been selected to perform at the 45 th and 46 th L.A. COUNTY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, nationally broadcast on KCET.

HARMONIES GIRLS CHOIR has been interviewed and invited to perform at channels 27, 28, UNIVISION ("Noticias UNIVISION") and FOX 11 (" Good Day La") . The group has also received interviews in local newspapers (Impulso, La Opinion and Vida Nueva)

HARMONIES GIRLS CHOIR is a member of the American Federation Pueri Cantores and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

Mr. Espinal envisions that the girls have a broad frame of experiences, to improve their lives in many ways. Mr. Espinal makes the choir to sing in many kinds of events beyond the church or the concert hall. Many organizations have booked Harmonies for their private events, among them: United Way Million Dollar Annual Fundraising event, at a private house of a XX Century Art Collector ; El Dia del Salvadoreno celebration at the Exposition Park; the Posadas Celebrations at the Placita Olvera, in the historic Olvera Street; the Cesar Chavez "Educating the heart" Fundraising dinner event where they sang for Yolanda King (daughter of Dr. Martin Luther king) who was moved to tears when she heard them singing.

Mr. Espinal has been praised for his eclectic repertoire, which includes many unpublished works, including his own arrangements or compositions. They have first performed songs by virtuoso organ player/composer Dr. Christopher Bull (Organ faculty at UCLA) at a memorable concert at the Our Lady of Los Angeles Cathedral, and a special commission by the LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC for a collaborative concert with a chamber Ensemble and HARMONIES. The work was "SANCTUS" by American composer Joseph Julian Gonzalez, conducted by Mr. Espinal. This concert was part of the "Neighborhood Chamber Music Concerts" , part of the Target around town concert series. This is the second year Mr. Espinal harmonies participate with the LA PHIL.

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Harmonies Girls Choir : Navidad en Espanol

Review: This album is a special collection of rare Christmas songs and arrangements from all over Latin America, including traditional and recent renditions of tunes and melodies from Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic. These songs are performed by Harmonies, a girls choral group based in Los Angeles, comprised of girls ages 8 through 18 under the musical direction of Orchestral and Choral Conductor Maestro Antonio Espinal, founder of the choir.

Songlist: Letania, Villancico Mexicano, Tarara Tarara Qui Yo Soy Anton, Por el Valle de Rosas, Navidad Guadalupana, El Tilingo Lingo Navideno, El Cha Cha Cha de la Navidad, A la Media Noche, Pastores a Belen, Los Tres Reyes Magos, Vamos Todos de Pachanga, Velo que Bonito, No Se Nino Hermoso, Ay Si, Ay No, Noche Buena Paraguaya, Villancico Negro, Festejo de navidad, Boas Festas, Bonus Track: Festejo de navidad - a Capella

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8835c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Primarily a cappella Latin American Choral

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