African Children’s Choir to perform with local children in Plymouth and Duxbury

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About 75 Plymouth elementary school children will perform with the African Children’s Choir when the choir appears next month at the Performing Arts Center at Plymouth North High School. Two days later, more students from the area will perform with the world-renowned choir at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center.
A concert back in 2007 changed forever the direction of Kathy McMinn’s life. The local school music teacher is hopeful that a return engagement might provide the same inspiration to students throughout Plymouth
It has already captured the imaginations of about 75 local elementary school children who will be performing with the African Children’s Choir when the choir appears next month at the Performing Arts Center at Plymouth North High School. More students from the area will perform with the world-renowned choir at the Duxbury Performing Arts Center
“I think it is going to be as enriching as you can get,” McMinn said
A teacher at Federal Furnace Elementary School, McMinn has been instrumental in bringing the choir to the region
Well-known locally for the student choirs she has directed in performances with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, McMinn was so inspired by seeing the African Children’s Choir perform six years ago that she spent part of several summers volunteering in South Africa for the Music for Life Institute, the group’s parent organization
The choir started in 1984 after thousands of children were left homeless by Uganda’s bloody civil war. Relief workers formed the choir to showcase the beauty and ability of the children, helping to rebuild the society one child at a time
The first choir was made up of orphans and vulnerable children who took their unique musical skills on tour in North America, performing for church communities.  Since then, more than 1,000 children have participated in the program. Thousands more have benefited from the orphanages and schools the organization has helped build throughout Africa.
By Rich Harbert