On Saturday, December 10th, a packed house of Sister Cities Girlchoir singers, SCG teaching artists, and friends and families gathered at the Theatre of the Living Arts in South Philly. This was a coming together of singers from our Philadelphia and Camden, NJ programs for the 2016 Winter Concert Extravaganza!
With 3 months of rehearsals, smaller concerts and fields trips behind them-the choirs gathered to celebrate their powerful voices in song and show off all they learned this fall. That’s something to brag about!
The concert featured performances of classics like “Simple Gifts”, and “We shall Live in Peace (We shall overcome) to contemporary pieces like “Burn” by Ellie Golding and “Scars to your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara. Each singer sang pieces with their site choir in addition to singing in joint choirs with other sites, making this a true community singing experience.
Our teaching artists were thrilled with the event:
Ms. Kendra: I loved that we had girls as MC’s and they were great. It really helped with the energy and they got to shine. Temple Women’s Choir was really excited to sit by blues and talk and experience the concert together. I think the parents enjoyed being at this really cool venue. I really liked that WE COULD ALL FIT ON STAGE!!
Ms. Anne: Bringing together 3 groups of middle school singers to perform pieces together that they learned separately can really present a challenge but our singers were so fantastic! They were professional and composed on stage and sang so beautifully! I couldn’t be happier with their performance and they were excited as well. I can’t wait to do it again!
Ms. Ruth-Noemi: For most of the Regal Reds (1st-2nd grade Girlchoir) the Winter Concert was their first performance as a Sister Cities Girl. They were extremely excited to share with their families the music they had been working so hard to learn. I’ll confess that I expected them to be shy on stage and fidgety while in the audience. It was a very pleasant surprise to see them so focused on stage and, while in the audience, so engaged with the other groups! There is room to grow as a Regal Red group but I’m extremely proud of the work the girls have done!
Ms. Evvy: I was so impressed with the girls professionalism. I myself was honored to share a space with all those wonderful people; the kids, fellow teaching artists and families. I’m still floating in the clouds. Nothing makes me happier than a plan that comes together for the greater good. Families were moved and empowered and impressed too!