Sister Cities Rocks the TLA Second Year in a Row!

This past Saturday on December 16, the young women of Sister Cities Girlchoir rocked out in South Philadelphia at the historic Theatre of the Living Arts for the second year in a row!

The concert marked the end of the fall semester for SCG and the hard work paid off. Saturday marked the first time students from all three cities – Philadelphia, Camden, and Baltimore – joined together in concert. Groups presented music they’ve been working on all year, and the audience loved every second of it!

First year Teaching Artist Casie Girvin says of the day,

“I woke up Saturday knowing it would be a great day, just like every other day spent with SCG, but this one was very special. The energy and excitement coming from every teaching artist, singer, and helper was pouring out on to South St from the moment I stepped into the TLA. There is really no other feeling like being on stage with SCG and feeling like you’re all changing the world in that moment, and at least brightening someone’s day. Saturday was no exception. Someone came up to me after the concert and told me that he was having a really awful morning but his whole day turned around not even thirty seconds into our first set. THAT is the power of a Sister Cities concert.”
The concert was especially bittersweet as we bid farewell to Teaching Artist Kendra Balmer, who is heading to South Africa in January to teach choir and start a Sister Cities Girlchoir chapter in Johannesburg. The concert ended with a rousing rendition of a South African song Kendra has taught all of the choirs over the last year called Hlonolofatsa.
Check out photos taken by Joseph Kaczmarek below!

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