The Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Sounds of Learning program hosted Sister Cities Girlchoir girls and their families at their new production of La Boheme. Seated in the first 8 rows of the Academy of Music, the SCG group was comprised of girlchoristers, family members, SCG Board Members, and Teaching Artists. Prior to the performance, the girls learned choreography from the production and acted out the story with SCG Teaching Artists.
…from SCG Board Member, Dr. Fran Connolly
Tonight, the girls of Sister Cities Girlchoir, Memphis Street Academy module, were given tickets to their first opera, the dress rehearsal of La Boheme. The Opera Company of Philadelphia’s Sounds of Learning program hosted Sister Cities Girls Choir, an El Sistema-inspired program serving girls in Kensington, West Philly and Camden. The students were prepared for going to the opera, by acting out the opera in role playing, learning the choreography from the second act, and guided listening of the musical highlights. They were enthralled sitting, staring at the stage (we had the first 9 rows of seats) These girls are having their lives transposed from attending a school with persistent violence last year to a school of education, refinement and culture.
Congratulations to Alysia Lee, the Director of Sister Cities Girlchoirs, the Choir girls, the Administrators of Memphis Street Academy and Stacey Cruise for having the courage to undertake this transformation and for striving not only to provide a quality education for the students but also a musical program to influence their lives.