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African Children’s Choir to Perform
Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents the African Children’s Choir on Wednesday, April 7, at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Bringing their production “Journey of Hope” to the stage at Ohio Northern, the African Children’s Choir consists of children from poverty-stricken and war-torn areas of Africa. Their performance of song, dance and culture tells a story to draw attention to the plight of orphaned children such as themselves.
The African Children’s Choir helps these children break away from the everyday cycle of poverty and hopelessness. While touring with the Choir, the children are exposed to a world of new possibilities. Chaperones, host communities and caring professionals share their wide variety of experiences with the children.
After returning to Africa, the African Children’s Choir provides care and education that builds on the unique international exposure the children experienced abroad. The children receive a quality education, leadership training and spiritual ministry at the Music for Life Primary School in Kampala, Uganda, or at other well-equipped schools in their respective countries.
The African Children’s choir performance is made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Challenge America: Reaching Every Community grant. This grant helps small and mid-sized organizations extend arts programing to underserved populations or those populations whose experiences with the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics or disability. Ohio Northern is one of only 150 organizations nationwide to receive this grant.
Tickets are on sale now: $15 for general admission, $12 for seniors and non-ONU students, $9 for children, and $5 for ONU students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA and Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets are also available online at www.freedcenter.com