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For Immediate Release

Vocal Spotlight Invited to Perform at the Vatican in Rome

Continuo Arts Foundation and Mark Hayes announced that Donnalynn Laver and Vocal Spotlight have been invited to participate in the 2014 Internationale Festival Di Musica E. Arte Sacra at the Vatican in Rome next November 3 - 10,  Members of Vocal Spotlight will join with other outstanding choristers to form a larger choir of distinction to present Mark Hayes' Requiem.

Mark Hayes wrote to Artistic and Musical Director Donnalynn Laver "I need an exceptional choir to premiere this work in Italy and that's why I'm contacting you.  I was so pleased that you were a part of the World Premiere of my Requiem at Avery Fisher Hall (Lincoln Center, NYC) in May.  I want the choir in Rome to crème de la crème."

Candace Wicke, President and Executive Director of Continuo Arts Foundation, states "We requested that Mark recommend to us only the conductors and ensembles of the highest caliber and professionalism; your performance will be on a program that is indeed world class. Congratulations on the musical and artistic achievements that have led Mark's unreserved recommendations on this invitation.

Vocal Spotlight singers will spend several hours each day rehearsing over the course of six days culminating in the Requiem performance with full orchestra on the final day of their time in Rome.  Performers will have the opportunity to explore and experience the culture and history at the Vatican, Ancient Rome, and surrounding areas during their time in Italy.  Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support in sending these singers to Rome by contacting Christian Laver at 614-451-9628 or via email cleaver@columbus.rr.com

Past Performances 2013:

 Vocal Spotlight vocalists performed Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man on Martin Luther King Day, January 21, 2013 at Carnegie Hall.  This incredible music reflects the devastation of war and the promise  peace.


Past Performances 2012:

Thanks to all those who supported both Vocal Spotlight and The Salvation Army as Vocal Spotlight presented their annual dinner concert, "A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION" in December 2012. To date Vocal Spotlight raised over $4,000 for The Salvation Army in Central Ohio.

Vocal Spotlight performed at the 2012 Jefferson Awards at the Columbus Museum of Art on April 5, 2012. The Jefferson Awards recognize those super volunteers who make it their mission to improve the quality of life in Central Ohio. Vocal Spotlight songs included Dreamer and I Am That Man.


Vocal Spotlight performers sang in the World Premier performance of Karl Jenkins's The Peacemakers at Carnegie Hall, in New York City, on Monday, January 16, 2012. "The Peacemakers is dedicated to the memory of all who lost their lives during armed conflict..."


Thanks to all of our patrons and supporters who attend the Vocal Spotlight performance of "Music & Memories: A Christmas Concert," in December 2011. Through our partnership with The Salvation Army, a generous donation of over $3000 was also collected to help benefit the needy in our community. Vocal Spotlight received a plaque of appreciation for their first year support for The Salvation Army.


Vocal Spotlight also participated in the World Premier performance of Mark Hayes' at Avery Fisher Hall in Lincoln Center in New York City on Sunday May 29, 2011 under Mr. Hayes direction. Vocal Spotlight received this invitation because of the "...quality and high level of muscianship demonstrated by the singers..." To view the complete invitation, please click here. Read our newest press release. The DCINY Press Release. For pictures, click here.


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February 16, 2011

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