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Choir brings songs of hope

Jul. 15, 2013 @ 12:15 AM

HUNTINGTON -- The internationally acclaimed African Children's Choir will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church.

The choir shares lively African songs and dances, and has performed before presidents, heads of state and, most recently, Queen Elizabeth II of England for her diamond jubilee. The children also have sung alongside Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and other inspirational performers.

It will be their third time at Fifth Avenue Baptist Church, located at the corner of 5th Avenue and 12th Street in downtown Huntington. The choir will perform well-loved children's songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites.

"We are thrilled to welcome The African Children's Choir back to Fifth Avenue Baptist," the Rev. Allen Reasons, senior minister at the church, said in a news release. "Their music shares the joy of hope. I have never left one of the choir's presentations without a sense of celebration."

According to the choir's web site, the African Children's Choir is composed of African children age 7 to 10, many of whom have lost one or both parents through war, famine or disease. They perform to "demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land."

The concert will be in the church's main sanctuary and is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs including education, health care and relief and development initiatives.