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July 17, 2007


More than 300 members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Bicentennial Chorus and Orchestra will gather for a special weeklong Bicentennial Concert Music Camp on Monday, July 16 through Friday, July 20, 2007. This select group of students is made up elementary and secondary students representing schools throughout the Archdiocese. In one of the highlights of the anniversary year, the Bicentennial Chorus and Orchestra will perform a concert at the Kimmel Center on October 10, 2007.

The weeklong camp begins daily at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 3:00 p.m. The day is divided into two sessions with the morning concentrating on specialised music lessons and the afternoon they rehearse as a group. Each day will focus on a different part of the Chorus and Orchestra (for example: Tuesday - strings; Wednesday - vocals; and Thursday - chamber orchestra including Elena Lukens, a student from Bishop Shanahan High School, the winner of the 2007 Bicentennial Concert Piano Concerto).

On Friday, the Bicentennial Chorus and Orchestra will rehearse the full concert music on:

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Bishop Shanahan High School
220 Woodbine Road
Downingtown, Chester County

The Concert Camp, a first time endeavor for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will enrich students' musical experience and was made possible through the generosity of the Connelly Foundation.

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, opened the Bicentennial year on April 18, 2007 with a proclamation at Easter Mass. During the Bicentennial Year, the Archdiocese will hold special events including the concert at the Kimmel Center and the Amazing Race for Grace. The Bicentennial Year celebrations will conclude on April 13, 2008 with a Closing Mass at Villanova University.

Editor's note: For more information about the Bicentennial Celebration of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, please visit To receive the logo, please contact the Office for Communications at


Serving the People of God in the Beginning, Now and Always

Meredith Wilson
Communications Specialist

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