SATURDAY 5/15: World Children’s Choir Spring Concert at Christ Crossman Church
The World Children’s Choir will hold its spring concert on Saturday, May 15, at 7 p.m. at the Christ Crossman United Methodist Church, 384 N. Washington Street, celebrating its 20th Anniversary in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
The “Song of Peace” concert will include performances by the Junior and Concert Choirs, Bella Voce, and Opera Ensemble conducted by Sondra Harnes. Tickets are available online at www.worldchildrenschoir.org or at the door. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students (12 years and older), and $10 for children (3 years to 11) . Those who cannot afford the ticket price may contribute what they can afford instead.
The World Children’s Choir has served the children of the global community for more than 20 years since its founding by Sondra Harnes, the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Choir. The Choir members come from the many diverse cultures that populate the Metropolitan Area. Members range from as young as 4 years old to 17 and represent the continents of not only the Americas, but also Eurasia, Africa, and the archipelago of Indonesia.
Funding raised through the sale of tickets will fund the Choir’s scholarship program for Choir students from families that are financially disadvantaged. The “Song of Peace” concert is a family-friendly event is a wonderful occasion for parents to share with their children the beauty of the voices of the world’s children as they perform into the evening. It is also, an opportunity to participate in a charitable event that will benefit children from the local community.
About World Children’s Choir: The World Children’s Choir serves as a voice for children worldwide; giving voice to the interests of all children, celebrating cultural diversity through music, promoting positive international relations, and asking people to work together to create a peaceful, healthy world for children. Through singing, WCC members explore musical content, and use music, art, and special activities to mediate cross-cultural differences and become peacemakers. The children learn how music and art expresses emotion, creates shared experiences, bridges differences, tells stories, produces beauty and enriches others. The Choir is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization.
Since 1990, the World Children’s Choir has performed in concerts benefiting UNICEF, the National Children’s Defense Fund, CARE Foundation’s Bosnian Relief Fund, and the United Nation’s Environmental Program, among others. The Choir is on the Artist’s Roster of the John F. Kennedy Center. In addition to performing at the Center, the Choir has performed concerts at Carnegie Hall, DAR Constitution Hall, the United States Supreme Court, and many other nationally and internationally acclaimed halls including both national and international television broadcasts.
The Choir performed at the UN International Visionaries Dinner honoring Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Other command performances of note include concerts at the White House for former President George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Queen Noor of Jordan, Queen Sofia of Spain, and Sheik Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
Sondra Harnes, the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Choir, is a lyric soprano, pianist and conductor. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. She received a full-tuition scholarship by the Juilliard School and received her Master of Music from The Catholic University of America. Ms Harnes has performed on radio and television and has appeared as soloist with numerous symphony orchestras and choral/oratorio societies.
By Special to the Falls Church Times
May 8, 2010