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Christmas Music from England, Latin America and Ukraine on Sounds Choral

Sounds Choral this Sunday (12/11 at 2 pm) presents three longer Christmas works, including pieces by Benjamin Britten and Ariel Ramírez.

Host Ethan Sperry takes listeners through three longer works for the Christmas period. The program will feature music from Britten's A Boy was Born, Navidad Nuestra by Ramirez, and a centuries-old ritual and traditional Ukrainian carol.

Hailed by The Oregonian for providing “the finest choral concerts in Portland in recent memory,” Ethan Sperry is Director of Choral Activities at Portland State University, where he conducts the world-renowned Chamber Choir and leads undergraduate and graduate programs in conducting. He is also the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Oregon Repertory Singers, one of the America’s most distinguished adult choruses. Choirs under his direction have performed at over a dozen ACDA and NAfME Conferences, won over thirty awards and medals at international choir competitions on four continents, and sung at The Hollywood Bowl, The Kennedy Center, and the United Nations. Under his direction in 2013 The Portland State Chamber Choir became the first American Choir ever to win the Grand Prix at the Seghizzi International Choral Contest in Italy, and in 2017 they became the first American choir to win the Grand Prix at the Bali International Choral Festival, the largest choral gathering in Asia.