Windsor Chorister participates in Annual Baha'i Choral Festival

Windsor chorister, Yolanda Bonnick, participated in the ninth Annual Baha'i Choral Festival held at the Baha'i House of worship in Wilmette, Illinois, May 21-24 2015. Every spring for the past nine years, more that 200 singers of many faiths and backgrounds have participated in the Baha'i Choral Festival. This year, choir members came from 32 states and 11 countries. Singers perform under the direction of Van Gilmer,Music Director for the Baha'i House of Worship.

Mr. Gilmer inaugurated the Festival in 2007 as a way to provide Baha'is who were living in remote areas across the country the opportunity to sing together. Gilmer says this year's music was especially selected to praise God and provide comfort and solace during a time there is much turmoil in the world. Selections include Classical, Negro Spiritual and Gospel musical compositions, and readings from the sacred scriptures of several religions, demonstrating the Baha'i principle of the oneness of humanity.

This was the first year in which singers from local churches and synagogues were invited to join the 250-voice choir in singing the "hallelujah" Chorus from Handel's Messiah. Music presented in the Auditorium of the Baha'i House of Worship is a-cappella (for voice alone) and is offered not as a performance, but as prayer to God, with the goal of connecting and uplifting the hearts, minds and souls of the listeners.

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