This month marks the 30th anniversary of World Choral Day, an international choral event established to promote the values of solidarity, peace and understanding.

Since 1990, thousands of choristers have banded together to celebrate World Choral Day on or around the second Sunday of December, with concerts, festivals, sing-alongs, choral seminars and other events. In recent years, World Choral Day events have occurred in 50 countries, featuring more than 100,000 singers.

“The world is living through severe and continuous crisis of self-destruction,” said Alberto Grau, vice president of the International Federation for Choral Music, which established World Choral Day. “There are no possible reasons that can justify these actions. The majority of the human race wants to live in peace with dignity. It is time to show, with more power and strength, that our choral family contributes, through music to break down the artificial barriers product of politics, different ideologies, religious differences, and racial hatred that separate human beings.

“We must be able to show that music, the divine art, is more than the mere search of formal perfection and interpretative beauty; music should serve to extol the values of solidarity, peace and understanding. We cannot work isolated; we have to make all possible efforts to have our voices heard and to let music work its own paths of communication.”

The IFCM site lists several options for participating, including virtual concerts, live performances and archival videos. For more information, please go to this page.
Meanwhile, in other chorus-related events, the Dec. 27 installment of the nationally syndicated CSOradio series will present a program featuring the Chicago Symphony Chorus in works by Bruckner, Bartók and Brahms. In Chicago, the series is broadcast over WFMT-FM at 8 p.m. Sundays. The WFMT Radio Network also distributes the series.