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Watoto Children's Choir to give free concert in DL

The Watoto Children's Choir will be performing a free concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre on Tuesday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

The Watoto Children's Choir is the first show in the BTD Community Connections series and is also underwritten in part by Zion Lutheran Church. BTD Community Connections reach out to create partnerships with area musicians, artists, actors and businesses to bring you the finest in local and regional talent plus opportunities to get involved.

Watoto Children's Choirs have traveled internationally since 1994 as advocates for the estimated 50 million children in Africa. Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto's vision and mission through their stories, music and dance. Watoto choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, the effects of war and the child soldier crisis in Northern Uganda are highlighted.

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of their parents either through war or disease. They live in Watoto children's villages.

The experience gives the children exposure to other cultures broadening their worldview. It also gives them confidence and boldness and helps them rise up out of their own situations of sadness and despair.

The choirs have toured Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, France, USA, South America, Hong Kong, China and Japan. Their audiences have included princes and paupers, warming many hearts wherever they go.

The show is free, so there will be no tickets. For more information, call the Holmes Theatre Box Office at 218-844-7469.