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New Jersey State Children’s Chorus

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Ridgewood NJ, The New Jersey State Children’s Chorus (NJSCC) presents “Dance and Sing Around the World ” at 4 pm on Sunday, June 9 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 155 Linwood Ave., Ridgewood. Admission is $10/under 18 admitted free. Tickets are on sale at www.njstatechildrenschorus.orgor may be purchased at the door. 

The concert will feature a selection of folk songs from the United States, Japan, and Africa as well as several classical pieces representing the great music of Europe.  From America, the children will sing the perennial favorites “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” “Skip to My Lou,” “Old Joe Clark,” and the beautiful “Shenandoah.”  Africa is represented by the traditional Swahili proverbs “Bora Maisha” (Life is the Best Gift), and “Ghana Alleluia,” a mixture of the traditional and Christian influences of the Ewe people.  The children will visit Asia with “Sakura,” a folk song about cherry blossoms sung in the original Japanese.  A visit to Europe finds the choirs singing the “Evening Prayer” (Abendsegen) from Englebert Humperdinck’s 19th century fairy-tale opera, “Hansel and Gretel,” based on the folk tale published by the Brothers Grimm.  To complete the European experience, Artistic Director and Conductor James Kennerley has arranged one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s most famous chorales, “Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude,” perhaps best known as “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” 

Founded by Ridgewood-based Ars Musica Chorale as an educational outreach initiative, the NJSCC provides choral singing opportunities for children kindergarten through seventh grade. Enrollment is ongoing and interested children are welcome to participate in up to two rehearsals before joining to ensure a positive experience. Email info@njstatechildrenschorus for more information.

Artistic Director James Kennerley, also the Music Director/Conductor of Ars Musica, featured the vibrant voices of the NJSCC in the Chorale’s annual Holiday Concert.  The NJSCC also appeared in Ars Musica’s May 18 concert, “A Total Embrace – Leonard Bernstein Centenary Celebration.”

The New Jersey State Children’s Chorus, LLC is a subsidiary of Ars Musica Chorale, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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