From Cecile Oreste of danceDC
The Congressional Chorus and American Youth Chorus will come together to perform “Cinemagic: Great Choral Works from the Silver Screen” tomorrow, Saturday, June 4, at 8 pm at National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle NW. The concert will feature pieces from popular movies including Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Sound of Music, Working Girl and more. Tickets are $25 general admission.
Artistic Director David Simmons provides more information about the two Chorus groups and why they are important to the area’s youth.
Borderstan: Tell us about The Congressional Chorus and the American Youth Chorus.
Simmons: The Congressional Chorus was started in 1987 by a small group of Capitol Hill staffers who wanted to get together and sing. Today, the chorus has about 70 members from all professions and from all parts of the city. We’re incredibly diverse — our youngest member is 16 years old, while some members are in their late 70’s. Did I mention we’re bipartisan?
In 2008, we saw that many school districts in the area were cutting arts programs. In response, we started the American Youth Chorus (AYC), a program for kids eight to 14 to learn about choral music, as well as develop their voices, creativity and self-esteem.