Cincinnati native Drew Lachey – a member of Grammy-nominated 98 Degrees and winner of the second season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” – will emcee the two Champions Concerts for the 2012 World Choir Games.
Lachey will host the concerts at 2 to 4 p.m. July 8 at the Aronoff Center and 2 to 4 p.m. July 14 at Music Hall. Each concert will feature the choral “champions” of that week’s competitions.
You can ask Lachey all about it in a live chat at noon today on cincinnati.com. Here’s the link.
Lachey, 35, is a graduate of the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, where he and his wife, Lea Dellecave, also an SCPA grad, will hold a Musical Theater summer camp in August. He’s a Broadway star (Rent, Spamalot) and has hosted several television shows. In 2006, he and partner Cheryl Burke won “Dancing with the Stars.”
“I moved back to Cincinnati with my family in December of 2009 because this is such a great place to live, to raise children and to be involved in the arts community,” Lachey said. “Being a part of the World Choir Games gives me the opportunity to talk about all that.”
About 15,000 participants, including 355 choirs from 48 countries, are expected to participate in the 2012 World Choir Games, the “Olympics” of choral music that is held every two years. The seventh Games will take place from July 4–14 in Cincinnati, the first U.S. host city.
“The Champions Concerts feature some of the best choirs in the world,” said Jelena Dannhauer, project manager for Interkultur, the Germany-based owner and producer of the World Choir Games. “These are truly exhilarating and remarkable performances. The choirs are anxious to show the audience why they are the champions.”