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African Children's Choir to
Perform at UW-Eau Claire

RELEASED: March 26, 2008

members of The African Children's ChoirEAU CLAIRE — The African Children's Choir will present an Artists Series performance titled "Journey of Hope" April 8 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The family concert to include well-loved children's songs, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena.

The African Children's Choir has performed at prestigious events throughout the world, including the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London with Bobby McFerrin, the Live 8 concert in London (July 2005) with Mariah Carey and Paul McCartney, Nelson Mandela's AIDS awareness concert in South Africa, and on the season finales of "Canadian Idol" (2006) and "American Idol" (2007). Its music can be heard on the soundtracks of the films "Hotel Rwanda" and "Blood Diamond."

On March 10, the African Children's Choir sang for Queen Elizabeth at London's Westminster Abbey in observance of Commonwealth Day.

The choir is made of African children, ages 7 through 11, many of whom have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine or disease. Founded in 1984, the first choir was made up of children who were born in Uganda during the final years of Idi Amin's regime, when the nation was embroiled in a civil war that left hundreds of thousands of orphans in great need. The choir traveled to the West to tell the story of these children in the hope that the rest of the world would come to their aid and help relieve the widespread suffering.

Since then, the African Children's Choir had expanded to serve children and families in Rwanda, Ghana, Nigeria, the Sudan, Kenya, Somalia and South Africa. With its motto, "Helping Africa's most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow," the choir represents all the children of a continent, demonstrating the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their home land.

Admission is $15 for the public, $13 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the Service Center in Davies Center's east lobby and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call 715-836-3727 or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free 800-949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Artists Series is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the state of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Wisconsin Public Radio and Community Television have contributed promotional support. Best Western Trail Lodge Hotel & Suites (715-838-9989) at 3340 Mondovi Road is the exclusive accommodations partner for the Artists Series. In addition to the Artists Series' season sponsors, the concert by the African Children's Choir also is supported by a Cultural Arts Grant from the Chippewa Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Funded by the students of UW-Eau Claire, the Artists Series is administered by the Activities and Programs office.

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