The Borders Disappear by Timothy C. Takach & Julia Klatt Singer

The world premiere of "The Borders Disappear" by composer, Timothy C. Takach and poet, Julia Klatt Singer. One of two songs that will be performed by a 300-voice virtual choir for the 2021 Virtually Live & Globally Inclusive Children of the World in Harmony Festival.

VWB’s Artistic Director, Dr. Jack Kukuk stepped back from retirement and has developed and begun implementing a plan to present a Virtually Live & Globally Inclusive Children of the World in Harmony Festival for June 2020. This will be the 25th such festival! Due to the current state of uncertainty, VWB is developing a plan that considers the safety of the participants while providing minimal financial risk to all involved. Choirs from Armenia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Zimbabwe already plan to participate virtually and we couldn't be more excited! Visit VIRTUAL CHOIR GUIDELINES to learn more.

If the pandemic allows VWB to provide for live and in person concerts, a few choirs from Michigan and neighboring states and Canadian provinces have been invited to attend the festival in person. They do so with the understanding that, if circumstances dictate, they will attend virtually.

As a grand finale to the festival’s gala concert, Dr. Kukuk is planning to present a 300-Voice VWB International “Virtual” Festival Choir to perform two songs, “The Borders Disappear", a song by composer Timothy Takach that was commissioned earlier this year as a tribute to VWB Founders Sara Russell and Jack Kukuk and the world premiere of “Voices Without Borders,” a newly commissioned song for the VWB International Festival Choir with music by New York composer David Shenton.

In the event the COVID-19 virus allows and the government travel restrictions are removed, it may be possible for some live participation in the Festival Choir. In this case the 300-Voice virtual choir will appear on the screen on stage above the live and in person singers from Michigan and neighboring states and Canadian provinces. “Viva VWB.”