The Children’s March – Bringing History to Life through Song
Join us for The Children’s March on Tuesday, May 2 at 6:15 pm at Girard College. This dramatic work gives voice to the children and teens who so bravely marched for their rights in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963, and is supported in part by our first ever grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The piece incorporates many Freedom Songs, and participants from Keystone State Boychoir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, and our Find Your Instrument! choirs will learn about the meaning of these songs from local leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, known as the Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters. In a time of increasing racial tension in our country, it is important for all children, and all of us, to have a deeper understanding of this pivotal moment.
In addition to an evening ticketed performance, there will be a free concert offered to area schools, including our Find Your Instrument! partner schools, during the school day. (Please note that these two concerts are in place of Keystone State Boychoir’s and Pennsylvania Girlchoir’s traditional spring concerts.)
We are proud to have received our first National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grant for this project. As part of the terms of our award, we are required to raise an additional $10,000 to match the NEA grant. You can help. If you would like to sponsor The Children’s March, please go here. Tickets will go on sale April 18.