NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tickets are on sale now for the 2015 Wesley Choral Festival Gala Concert, an event featuring choirs and individual choral singers from across the nation. The concert will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., with 100 percent of ticket sales benefitting Imagine No Malaria, an initiative of the people of The United Methodist Church to reduce preventable deaths from malaria.
“Though malaria is treatable and preventable, it is surprising to learn that more than 600,000 people die each year from the disease,” says Dr. James Ramsey, director of music and arts at St. Luke’s UMC in Highlands Ranch, Colo., and founder of the Wesley Choral Festival.
"Because of The United Methodist Church’s Imagine No Malaria initiative, lives are being saved and communities are being transformed through bed net distributions, health worker education and life-saving medications and diagnostic kits. Imagine No Malaria’s impact is being seen all across sub-Saharan Africa and we are honored to help support the work through the Wesley Choral Festival.”
The gala concert is the culminating event of the four-day festival, where both performers and non-performance participants take part in four days of activities, including tours of Washington. The cost is $30 to $50 per ticket. Click here to buy tickets.
The 2015 gala concert will feature Ramsey as co-conductor, along with Helen Cha-Pyo, conductor of Empire State Youth Orchestras, as the guest conductor. Festival veteran Tim Koch will serve as artistic advisor and Midwest Emmy Award-winning soprano Adrienne Danrich will be the featured soprano soloist. Dove Award-winning pianist, composer and producer Mark Hayes has joined the 2015 festival team as the commissioned composer, along with Kenrick Mervine as accompanist/organist.