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Uniting Voices Chicago youth choir goes to Kennedy Center in DC

CHICAGO (CBS) — This weekend the sounds of the choir will fill an iconic stage.

Students from Uniting Voices Chicago travel to Washington, DC, to perform at the Kennedy Center. The nonprofit unites children and teens across the city to amplify and celebrate their voices.

They rehearsed Tuesday at the First Unitarian Church, at 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. in Hyde Park before their performance at the Kennedy Center.

“Singing makes me happy because I love being able to express myself, and I’m learning all these new languages ​​from these different cultures, and it’s just a lot of fun,” said Margaret Cafarelli, a student with the Beverly Neighborhood Choir.

The members of the youth choir will perform Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’, ‘E Pluribus, Una Vox: Out of Many, One voice’ and Ted Hearne’s ‘Partition’ there next Sunday.

The nearly fifty students from Uniting Voices’ Hyde Park Neighborhood Choir, Beverly Neighborhood Choir and premiere ensemble Voice of Chicago will perform at the Kennedy Center for one night only.

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During their visit to DC, Uniting Voices singers will also perform with the Children’s Choir of Washington and for students at Lafayette Elementary School. They will also participate in a Masters Workshop at Howard University with Jazz Studies Professor Reginald Bowens.

The Chicago choir members will also learn technique from singer, songwriter and vocal director Roderick Giles. Other activities include a tour of the White House, a visit to the National Mall and some time to explore the National Museum of African American History & Culture, organizers said.

Uniting Voices was previously known as the Chicago Children’s Choir.

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