, Newburyport, MA


October 1, 2010

The Lookout: Haitian boys choir bringing talents to Port

Members of the Haitian boys choir Les Petits Chanteurs, accompanied by a string ensemble, are traveling to Newburyport Monday at 7 p.m. to perform a St. Francis Day concert at St. Paul's Church at 166 High St.

The choir is from Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince. Proceeds from the performance will go toward rebuilding the music school buildings at Trinity Church, which were destroyed in January's earthquake.

The music school has in the past enrolled about 1,000 students at a time, with a teaching staff of 45 full- and part-time professionals. It has been working to rebuild since the earthquake.

The choir was founded in 1960 and includes boys ages 7 and older through young men who audition for a spot in the group. The young vocalists first visited the U.S. in 1984 and have since returned to this country for eight different tours. Since the earthquake, the group has performed in tent cities throughout Haiti.

Monday's concert is a follow-up to a talent show fundraiser at the church this spring, which raised more than $3,000 for earthquake relief efforts. Now, the youths and adults who participated in the talent show will have the opportunity to meet some of the Haitian earthquake victims St. Paul's has been working to support as part of its mission work.

St. Paul's Youth Group is hosting the 40 choir members for a day of activities preceding the concert, and the vocalists will be spending the night with families in Greater Newburyport before moving on to their next performance destination.

Tickets for Monday's concert are $10 for adults, $5 for children under 18. Kids under 5 are welcome for free. For more, call the church at 978-465-5351.

Organ concert to fill Port's Old South Church

German organist Gunter Kennel will perform a concert on the historic 1866 E. & G.G. Hook organ in Newburyport's Old South Church on Sunday at 7 p.m.

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