For the average Joe, The World Choir Games can sound a little intimidating.
"This is the biggest event that has hit Cincinnati in the city's history," proclaimed Venus Kent, the Games' local Director of Participant Services.
That's not hyperbole.
Over 20,000 participants from 70 countries are expected to flood into town in July.
But they aren't just here to compete.
Their mission includes "Friendship Concerts."
"It gives an opportunity for the registered choirs to do free performances out in the community," said Venus.
She is looking for places across the region where singers can share the international gift of music, free of charge.
Some places may be no-brainers, like Fountain Square or the soon to be renovated Washington Park.
Venus said the only requirement is to go where the people are, like shopping centers or parks.
"We're really just looking for places that the community can tie into the event," she said. "We've had several calls from churches."
"It would be something we would like to participate in if we can," said Eric Vosmeier.
He is the Producing Artistic Director of the Know Theater on Jackson Street in Cincinnati.
He isn't sure if they can work it into their schedule, but they're trying.
"I can imagine that it would be incredibly fun, especially with all the international participation," he said.
Any organization can apply.
There are no fees, but you have to transport the choirs to and from your venue.
Food, sound systems, risers and the like are the host's responsibility as well.
All part of bringing these Ambassadors of Song into the hearts of the Tri-State.
"This may be the first time they've ever been in the United States," Venus said. "How great it is that they get a ...Cincinnati USA welcome when they come here."
If your organization would like to host a Friendship Concert, go to http://2012worldchoirgames.com/ to apply.
Organizers hope to schedule up to 40 free concerts across the region.
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