From Kodaly to Carpenter, Children’s Choir delivers |

From Kodaly to Carpenter, Children’s Choir delivers

Kimberly Nicoletti

BRECKENRIDGE – A choir of the finest young voices of central Ohio elevates the Riverwalk Center as part of the Blue River Series on June 28.

Forty exceptionally talented fourth- to 12th-graders make up the New World Singers, the main performance and touring choir of the Columbus Children’s Choir (CCC).

Performances include “The Star Spangled Banner,” a medley from “Fiddler on the Roof,” “America, the Beautiful,” Hungarian music in the tradition of Kodaly, songs of Mary Chapin Carpenter and original pieces commissioned for the Festival of African Americans, which the CCC performs annually to increase minority membership.

“I love the different kinds of music we get to sing,” 14-year-old choir member Casey Berger said.

The choir will perform show tunes and patriotic, folk and classical music on its “America the Beautiful Tour.” Soloists from the National Repertory Orchestra (NRO) will accompany several pieces the CCC sings, while others will be accompanied by piano.

“We hope to get the audience involved in some of the folk songs,” CCC artistic director Dr. Sandra Mathias said.

Directors of the choir strive to achieve artistic excellence through education and performance as they guide children to appreciate various styles of music. The choir has performed with Celine Dion and John Lithgow and has delighted audiences in New York, Toronto, Walt Disney World and Russia, as well as their home state, Ohio.

“The CCC has given me opportunities I used to dream about,” 14-year-old choir member Becca Blau said. “I don’t know what I’d do without it.”

“I love the feeling of being on stage entertaining people and feeling or hoping that we made their day a little better,” 13-year-old Morgan Callahan said.

The choir rehearses twice a week throughout the school year and regularly performs with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra.

“All the hard work pays off when you hear the audience clapping for you after a performance,” 13-year-old choir member Kelsey Kreemer said.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for juniors and may be purchased by calling the Riverwalk Center Box Office at (970) 547-3100. The CCC also will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the NRO concert. Tickets are $17, $22 and $27.

Kimberly Nicoletti can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 245 or by e-mail at

Columbus Children’s Choir

– When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 28

– Where: Riverwalk Center, Breckenridge

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