TROY — More than 600 million children in the world are considered at-risk.
The Matsiko World Orphan Choir — representing some of the poorest and most at-risk children from Peru, India and Liberia — will bring their message of hope for a brighter future through song and cultural dance to Troy at the end of the month.
The choir will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the First United Church of Christ, 120 S. Market St., Troy. The event is free and open to the public.
“Bringing the Matsiko World Orphan Choir to our community is an opportunity … an opportunity to experience firsthand the choir’s hope-filled message and to learn more about the lives of at-risk children in other parts of our world,” said the Rev. Lauren Allen of First United Church of Christ.
Allen said the Matsiko World Orphan Choir is made up of 27 orphaned and at-risk children from Liberia, Peru, India, and Nepal. The children range in age from 5-16.
The choir has performed at many places such as Disneyland, SeaWorld, the Cincinnati Zoo, and even the Rose Bowl. A Matsiko performance is a multi-cultural event that has been deemed a “world treasure” on the Disneyland Parks blog, Allen said.
“Through the sharing of their culture, music, pain and joy, Matsiko World Oprhan Choir performances provide a complete picture of the challenges these children have faced,” Allen said. “They serve as ambassadors for the world’s orphaned and vulnerable children; they sing, dance and share their stories in order to raise hope, awareness, and educational sponsorship for the world’s 600 million orphaned and at-risk children.”
Allen said during the event, there will be a free will offering to benefit the choir. Handmade items from the children’s countries and choir memorabilia, including CD’s, T-shirts and bumper stickers also will be available for purchase.
Allen said concertgoers can expect a high-energy performance from the youth and invites residents from throughout the area to attend.
“Matsiko performs energetic and dynamic cultural dances in full vibrant costumes and sings primarily original songs,” she said.
For more information, call 339-5871 or go to www.matsikochoir.com.
Reach Melody Vallieu at (937) 552-2131 or firstname.lastname@example.org