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Get Ready! A Participatory Dylan Thomas Singing Event is on the Way, NYC!

By Harriet Staff

Composer Peter M. Wyer.

How many opportunities will you ever have to sing Dylan Thomas's "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" at the top of your lungs through the streets of NYC? Peter M. Wyer, brings the very unique opportunity to do so, in the form of a "once-off participatory singing event for a synchronized headphone choir," to the River to River Festival on Saturday, June 21st 2014. The participatory singing event begins at 11 am at various points and will culminate at the gazebo at Rockefeller Park (Battery Park City) at 11:45 am. Wyer's "And Death Shall Have No Dominion" is co-presented by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Make Music New York and Poets House, in association with American Opera Projects as part of the River To River Festival 2014. It is free and open to the public!

Celebrating the centenary of the birth of Dylan Thomas, 'And Death Shall Have No Dominion' is a once-off participatory singing event for a synchronized headphone choir in honor of his famous poem.

Using an app that contains the accompaniment and synchronizes their mobile devices, participants set-off along 45 minute walking routes through lower Manhattan, singing the words of the renowned poet across the landscape of his final days.

The performers begin their walk individually, singing just one part. Little by little, as routes converge, the song is revealed in its fullness until eventually, everyone assembles together for a grand choral finale accompanied by the Asphalt Orchestra, at the gazebo in Rockefeller Park.

Participants are invited to reflect on Thomas’ words that famously declare triumph over death in the context of their own personal journey. Anyone can take part–it is unnecessary to read music or to have sung in a choir previously!

Fantastique! Learn more at Poets House. We haven't seen anything THIS fun since sight-singing!