The Echoes of Peace Choir Fall concert, featuring guest artist Elise Witt from Georgia, will take place 7:00pm, Sunday, November 14, at Weber Music Hall on the UMD Campus. Admission to the concert is a free-will donation with proceeds to benefit UNICEF's flood relief program in Pakistan.
The producer of the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage calls Elise Witt "a performer to remember with international savvy & personal charm." Elise was born in Switzerland, raised in North Carolina, and since 1977 has made her home in Atlanta. She speaks five languages fluently, sings in over a dozen more, and has been a cultural ambassador to South Africa, Italy, Nicaragua, Switzerland, and China. A songwriter and composer, she tours the United States and the world with her “Global, Local & Homemade Songs.”
For twenty years, Elise sang with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the direction of Robert Shaw, and in recent years, has studied extensively with masters of improvisation Bobby McFerrin, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, David Darling, and Rhiannon, whose pedagogy she incorporates into her own teaching. Elise uses music as a language to celebrate our cultural diversity while appreciating our connections as one human family.