Shanti in 2014 is the Greater Cincinnati Indian community
choir founded by Kanniks Kannikeswaran which won two silver
medals in the World Choir Games held in Cincinnati in 2012.
Collaborating choruses include the Martin Luther King
Coalition Chorale which won two gold certificates at the
World Choir Games, the Young Professionals Choral Collective
which won two silver medals at the World Choir Games,
singers from MUSE (gold medal winners at the World Choir
Games) and singers from Mt Washington Presbyterian Church.
Supporting conductors include Steve Malloy and Rhonda
Juliano. The performance of Shanti will be conducted by Eric
Esparza from the Houston area.
Roma - Minister of Music at the St. John's Unitarian
Universalist Church - Cincinnati collaborated with Kanniks
in bringing Shanti to life in 2004. Singers from the St.
John's Unitarian Universalist Church Choir, The Martin
Luther King Coalition Chorale and several other community
singers joined the Indian community choir in spectacular
performances of Shanti in 2004 and in 2006 under the baton
of Cathy Roma. The Martin Luther Coalition chorale
co-founded by Catherine Roma and Rev. Todd O'Neal is a
diverse community of singers in the Cincinnati area that
performs at the city's Martin Luther King celebration each
year. This choir was at the core of a 700 member choir that
performed at the inaugural of the National Underground
Railroad Freedom Center. The Martin Luther King
Coalition chorale represents the spirit of cooperation and
communication espoused by the mission of the National
Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
The music score
of Shanti is being brought to life by the Greater Houston
Indian American community in collaboration with the United
Natioms Association International Choir. The
UNAIC was founded in 1999
to provide all residents of the greater Houston area with an
opportunity to sing in many languages within a friendly and
supportive environment that is racially, ethnically and
culturally diverse. Choir members, now numbering 110 singers
from over 30 countries, study, rehearse and perform music
from around the world in two full concerts annually, and in
many smaller ensemble performances. UNAIC members not only
make every effort to achieve the highest levels of artistic
performance but also consciously strive to promote the ideal
of understanding and mutual respect among all the peoples of
the world. On May 16, the Choir celebrated its Tenth
Anniversary Season with its annual Spring concert, “A Choral
Kaleidoscope: 10 Years in Song”.
UNAIC is under the guidance of Dr. Phillip Kloeckner,
Artistic Director, and Mr. Eric Esparza, Conductor.