ZUMBROTA - Songs of Hope, the concert tour resulting from a six-week youth performing arts project in St. Paul, stops in Zumbrota for the ninth year in a row for at 6:30 p.m. concert Sunday, July 14. The free concert is at the State Theatre.
The young vocalists sing songs from their own homelands mixed with U.S. songs chosen because together they offer perfect entertainment for a warm summer's night. This year participating children are from countries such as Vietnam, China, India, Turkey, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Guatemala, Argentina and the United States.
The Songs of Hope concert tour has a well-deserved reputation for lively, upbeat shows for all ages. In its 20 years of operation, Songs of Hope has touched the lives of hundreds of children and staff. Each concert is appropriate for children, families and adults who celebrate music and community.
The nonprofit Songs of Hope offers participants a unique opportunity to live in community with kids from other cultures while learning and performing music from many countries. Campers learn to look past prejudices, misconceptions and newspaper headlines as they live, sing and dance together. They practice six hours a day, six days a week for three weeks. Then, they take these songs of peace, love, and respect into neighboring communities in a joyous celebration of cultural unity, delighting their audiences along the way.
Everyone performs on every song, which means some performers will have learned to sing in new languages. An additional pleasure for the audience is the chance to see rich and beautiful traditional costumes, some brought by adult chaperones accompanying the children from their home countries.
These activities are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Stick around to enjoy ice cream sandwiches with the performers after the show. Crossings and the Zumbrota Area Arts Council are sponsoring this performance.