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Singing competition might bring joy to Louisville

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Twenty groups are in town to be a part of the first Sing 'N' Joy, which is a competition for choirs from all over the world. Twenty groups are in town to be a part of the first Sing 'N' Joy, which is a competition for choirs from all over the world.
Dr. Kent Hatteberg Dr. Kent Hatteberg
Ashley Brauer Ashley Brauer

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Louisville is playing host to some talented visitors. Twenty groups are in town to be a part of the first Sing 'N' Joy, which is a competition for choirs from all over the world.

It's the first-ever regional competition put on in the Americas -- north or south -- for Interkulture, the German company responsible for the wildly popular world choir games.

At a time of year when Christmas carols blend into the season, this competition of singers stands out, bringing 700 talented voices from around the country.

"There's a choir from Seattle, Seattle Children's Choir," said Sing 'N' Joy creative director Dr. Kent Hatteberg. "There's a choir from Georgia Southern University in Atlanta, there's some from Ohio and several from Kentucky."

Hatteberg is conductor of the world-champion University of Louisville Cardinal Singers. He said Sing 'N' Joy is an idea that started when the World Choir Games attracted 15,000 singers to Cincinnati in 2012.

Ashley Brauer with the Galt House said the Kentuckiana hotel liked what it saw.

"We decided that we needed to bring an event like this to Louisville," Brauer said. "It's a smaller scale. It's a regional level competition."

So the organizers of the world choir games came to Louisville and saw the layout of downtown: the Galt House, Ali Center, Kentucky Center and Cathedral of the Assumption, forming an ideal place for singers to compete.

Organizers hope it will be great for Louisville as well.

Brauer said visitors "can experience what Louisville has to offer, they can experience Kalightoscope Christmas, take part in light up Louisville, walk in the parade, some are going to be on the main stage tonight, some of them are going to be on the main stage tonight, so it's huge."

She said that this is a great opportunity for those of us who live in Louisville too to hear voices from different areas of the country and the world. There is a group from the Philippines here too.    

Day passes will get you into workshops and the competitions. Those are $10.

Two concerts are planned for Saturday night at 8 and Sunday afternoon at 3 at the Kentucky Center. The price on that ranges from $15 to 35, with $2 going to Philippines typhoon relief efforts.

There are also free friendship concerts going on throughout the weekend.

Sing 'N' Joy will return for the next two years and then organizers will evaluate after that.

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