Neighborhood kids bring unique harmonies to the Strand

As they did last year, the Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) will hold its end-of-the-year concert at the Strand Theater in Uphams Corner. Co-sponsored by the City of Boston, this special season-wrapping performance will take place Saturday, May 30 from 2 to 4 pm. It is free and open to the public.

The 2009 Strand recital features rousing selections from modern Broadway shows. Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King has chosen the following numbers from hit musicals: “Make Our Garden Grow” from Candide, “Shadowland” from Lion King, “The Color Purple” from The Color Purple, “Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)” from Annie Get Your Gun, “Castle on a Cloud” from Les Miserables, “Bui Doi” from Miss Saigon and “For Good” from Wicked.

The BCC defines itself as “a multi-racial, multi-ethnic arts education organization dedicated to promoting artistic excellence and social change.” The BCC began six years ago as a pilot program with 20 singers. Today, it has nearly 300 singers ages 7 to 18 in nine choirs of different levels of experience. They rehearse at four locations across the city, including the Dorchester House, where there are two Saturday morning sessions.

The Dorchester and Mattapan resident BCC members listed by choir are Hanifah Bostic, Julie Jean, Vanessa Zamy; Tyler Blackiemore, Kalani Butler, Fadil Hanley Jr., Evan Harris, Makeyla Hayes, Cyrine Kennedy, Tae’ Voahn Mcleod-Palmer, Kyra Wright; Lyric: J’Karah Brown, Akazha Roberts; Treble: Shayane Dalencourt-Simon; Drigo, Monet Eugene, Mackenzi Fernandez, Cosette Newcomb, Zoé Pless, Keith Wilson; and Sade Brooks.

The children, ages 7-18 years old, sing, perform and serve as “ambassadors of harmony for the new Boston,” appearing locally, nationally and internationally BCC’s premier choir, which draws from Greater Boston, has toured to Mexico, Japan and Chicago. It has sung with the Boston Pops at its July 4th concert on the Esplanade in Boston. Other appearances include the 2004 Democratic National Convention, the inauguration of Governor Deval Patrick and the opening of the baseball season at Fenway Park. Its annual televised Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert has become a tradition for celebrating the legacy of Dr. King on that national holiday.

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