TV special to focus on choir competition in Ohio


CINCINNATI (AP) -- Organizers of an international choir contest say a television special and participation by an award-winning composer should direct more public attention to the event's U.S debut in Cincinnati this summer.

The World Choir Games are held every two years. Nearly 400 choirs from 49 countries already are registered for this year's event, which runs July 4 through July 14.

Games officials say American composer Morten Lauridsen will collaborate in choral workshops and a concert during the games. Lauridsen received the National Medal of Arts in 2007.

Officials say a one-hour show featuring events from the competition is expected to air on the ABC Family channel in August.

Event organizers expect as many as 200,000 spectators over the 11-day event.