The Plymouth 400 National Choral Festival will feature up to 400 choristers with orchestra uniting in song to celebrate the traditions which have significantly shaped the building of America! This Gala Choral Festival Concert is hosted by Plimoth Plantation.
The Opening Ceremony of the Plymouth 400 Commemoration will be a two-hour event of historical content, musical headliners, interpretive readings, choreographed movement, original productions, and visual narratives to create a once-in-a-lifetime spectacle. The Plymouth 400 Legacy Time Capsule will be introduced, and the first items will be placed inside by special guests. Honoring the past and celebrating the future, each of the commemoration themes – exploration, innovation, self-governance, religious expression, immigration, and thanksgiving – will be presented in creative ways. Invited participants include state and federal officials, representatives of the UK, The Netherlands, colony partners, and many more.
The Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Steven Karidoyanes, honors the Plymouth 400 Anniversary with a visual, vocal and orchestral and spiritual celebration! Award-winning cellist Zlatomir Fung joins the orchestra for Dvořák’s Cello Concerto, a New World Concerto of sorts because Dvořák composed it here in America. Choruses from Pembroke, Plymouth North, and Silver Lake Regional High Schools lend their voices to Copland’s Simple Gifts and the Promise of Living, elections that exemplify hope and gratitude. Wampanoag leader, historian, and artist, Jonathan James-Perry stirs Native People’s ancestral heritage with First Light, a reference to the Wampanoag, or People of the Light, by Tonya Wind Singer. The lives of early settlers come into focus through archival photos from Pilgrim Hall Museum set to musical touchstones: Copland’s music from the film, Our Town and Miklós Rózsa’s The Mayflower from the film score to the 1952 film Plymouth Adventure. The Phil honors the many who have walked this place before us.