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“The young singers of the Miami Children’s Chorus did themselves proud as well in their moments in the spotlight.” – Classical Music Review of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana by Lawrence A. Johnson for the Miami Herald

The opening concert of the Miami Children’s Chorus 2008-2009 season will take place on Sunday, November 16th, 4:00 PM at Lincoln Theatre – 541 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. The highlight of this concert will be the world premier performance of Lakay by University of Miami Frost School of Music Graduate Sydney Guillaume. This work for children’s chorus and chamber orchestra was commissioned by the MCC for this presentation. Using text written by his father – Gabriel T. Guillaume, Sydney has developed a work that expresses the sentiment of one’s feelings for their homeland. Maestro Sharp explains “Lakay is the third piece that Sydney has written for us. He has introduced us to the Haitian-Creole language with pieces that are full of youthful energy, hope and joy. I guess what I appreciate most is he writes music that challenges the artistry of the children and they enjoy it. His latest work is a strong expression of cultural identity and pride.” Music by Vivaldi and the highly requested Fences will also be performed. The audience will join the children in a sing-along segment of patriotic songs. Tickets for this event can be purchased at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office, by calling the Miami Children’s Chorus at 305.662.7494, or on the web at Come and hear the buzz for yourself.

This program of the Miami Children’s Chorus is supported, in part, by grants from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commisssioners, the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council. This project is also supported, in part, by The Children’s Trust. The Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County.