Boston City Singers Concert at First Parish Church
Boston City Singers will celebrate a successful 19th season with its final concert at Dorchester’s First Parish Church. The concert will feature the Dorchester-based Concert Chorus, Training Chorus, the BCS Orchestra, and the World Rhythm Ensemble, and will take place on Sunday, June 1st, 2014 at 6:30 pm at First Parish Dorchester, 10 Parish Rd., Dorchester, MA 02124.
Under the direction of artistic director Jane Money and program directors Josh DeWitte and Kimani Lumsden, this performance by four of Boston City Singers’ sub-divisions will have audience members dancing in their seats. The singers will showcase some of their favorite repertoire for a packed audience of friends, family and community members. The World Rhythm Ensemble, celebrating its first full season as a division of Boston City Singers, promises to bring down the house under Lumsden’s lively direction and innovative style. Recent hits like the toe tapping “Happy” by Pharell Williams, classics like Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World”, and folksong favorites like Lead Belly’s “Bring Me Little Water, Silvy” are just some of the colorful songs audiences can expect from this concert.
This concert is the finale of an exciting season for Boston City Singers, during which the nonprofit expanded to involve over 500 children across 16 divisions, toured to the International Choral Festival in Monte Caseros, Argentina and hosted the award-winning New Zealand Youth Choir and Australian Girls’ Choir. Boston City Singers is currently a finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for providing outstanding arts learning opportunities to young people.
“As we look back at our year,” reflects founder and artistic director Jane Money, “we are proud of the way the lives of our singers have been enriched, gaining maturity, self-reliance, compassion, and a deep understanding of the world.” Money has selected repertoire for this concert that reflects the growth of these young singers, highlighting a diversity of genre and language. Boston City Singers is also proud of the 9 graduating seniors, several of whom have been members for 10 - 12 years. College acceptances this year include Julliard, Berklee College of Music, Bard and Barnard.
Boston City Singers is metro Boston’s largest youth chorus program dedicated to training and inspiring the musician, student, and ambassador in singers ages 4-18. Founded in 1995 to provide opportunities for Boston’s inner-city youth, Boston City Singers now has over 500 singers who rehearse in several locations in Dorchester as well as Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Norwell, Weymouth and Cambridge (Cambridge Children’s Chorus). Auditions for new singers take place throughout the year and tuition scholarships are available based on need.
Boston City Singers is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit www.bostoncitysingers.org.