The Arts are Alive at Children’s Aid!

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It was hard to tell who was more excited – the children or their parents – as everyone poured into the auditorium at El Museo del Barrio on the evening of May 21. Anticipation ran high for the 13th annual Children’s Aid Society Spring Concert, the first to feature performances from the agency’s Arts Alive program, which now encompasses dance, musical theater and a jazz ensemble, in addition to choruses from Children’s Aid community centers across the city.

Over 200 children between the ages of 5 and 18 from Washington Heights, Harlem, Greenwich Village and the Bronx dazzled the crowd with their talents. From the opening note of the Chorus’ first song, “Fever,” everyone knew that the concert would be special. The Drew Hamilton Harmony in Harlem Jazz Band transported the audience to a jazz club with a range of classics.

The evening also featured an awards ceremony to honor The Children’s Aid Society’s “Future Songs of the City” Composition Grants winners. The Chorus debuted “Music Box,” a new song by Grand Prize winner Polina Nazaykinskaya.

The grand finale brought all the young performers to the stage for a rousing, cheerful rendition of “Let the Sun Shine In.” Even in the darkened auditorium, everyone felt the sun’s warm rays and left with a song in their hearts.