Award-winning Swiss choir performs in D.C.

The Choeur des Armaillis de la Gruyere will perform downtown on Friday, April 5 and at the National Cathedral on Sunday, April 7. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
Sweet sounds of song

wtopstaff | November 14, 2014 6:16 pm

WASHINGTON – The Choeur des Armaillis de la Gruyere has been singing together since 1955. This weekend, the all-male Swiss choir will bring its a cappella sound — and traditional Swiss clothing — to D.C. for two performances.

Daniel Schmouts, president of the choir, says the best part about being in D.C. is being able to share the group’s culture through music.

The first performance will take place on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Lansburg Theatre. At this concert, the Swiss choir will be joined by D.C.’s own 18th Street Singers.

On Sunday, April 7, the group will sing at the National Cathedral at 10:40 a.m.

Prior to visiting D.C., the choir performed in Lancaster, Pa., and in Annapolis, Md., Schmouts says for many, this is their first time in the U.S.

“We hope to take back a lot of wonderful memories,” he says.

Watch a few video clips of the Choeur des Armaillis de la Gruyere perform in the WTOP newsroom.

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