Children's Aid Chorus to Debut Compositions by Ames and Thompson at 12th Annual Spring Concert

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Over 350 children from across the city to sing

Contact:
Ellen Lubell, The Children's Aid Society, (o) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864
Emily Crossan, The Children’s Aid Society, (o) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742

When:
Friday, May 15, 2009
7:00 p.m.

Where:
The New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West

What:
Over 350 children ages 5-18 from Children’s Aid Society locations across New York City will raise their voices in song in a wide variety of styles – folk, spirituals, classical, jazz and rock – at the 12th Annual Spring Concert. The Children's Aid Society Chorus provides both structure and a creative outlet for children and youth from Children’s Aid community schools and centers, many located in Washington Heights, Harlem and the Bronx. No formal voice training or musical experience is required to join the Chorus.

The concert will feature the debut of two new songs by composers awarded Children’s Aid Society Chorus Composition Grants.

Composer Roger Ames collaborated with lyricist Elizabeth Bassine on “The Promise Track,” a composition inspired by and dedicated to President Barack Obama and the First Family. The piece, which will be sung by Children’s Aid’s Senior Chorus, is a reflection on Obama’s election and the change and hope it represents.

Dick Thompson composed a new song with lyricist Kim Rich that will also make its debut at the Spring Concert. “Lady Liberty” will be performed by the Chamber Chorus.

Tickets are free and seating is general admission. Donations are greatly appreciated; all proceeds benefit The Children's Aid Society Chorus Scholarship Fund. The Fund allows choristers to participate in long-distance trips regardless of their family’s financial situation. For ticket information, call 212-533-1675.

Who:
The Children's Aid Society Chorus consists of 16 local ensembles. The Chorus seeks to foster the personal, musical and social growth of its members. Over the years the Chorus has performed at the United States Postal Service dedication of the Ella Fitzgerald stamp, at Gracie Mansion and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, as well as on such television programs as NBC’s Today Show, Good Day New York on FOX and the CBS Early Show.

The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org), founded in 1853, is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes community schools, neighborhood centers, camps, adoption and foster care services, arts programming, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health and recreation. Children’s Aid offers a wide range of programs in the visual and performing arts, including instrumental bands, award-winning choruses, theater, photography, the American Ballet Theatre’s “Make a Ballet” and Children’s Aid/AileyCamp. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or e-mail ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org.

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