42 Youth Singers Perform a Benefit in San Miguel
By Rubén Vargas
As the main performance of its tour, the Palo Alto High School Choir is offering a benefit concert in San Miguel de Allende on Wednesday, June 8, at 7pm. A concert choir, a madrigal singers choir, and a spectrum singers choir add up for a three-gear performance, with a total of 42 singers on stage, presenting a program with over 80 years of vocal tradition.
Conducted by Dir. Michael Najar, the school’s choir program schedules an international tour every other year as a core strategy for its educational goals. In his words: “We hope that, by learning from other musical cultures and by sharing ours, we will become better citizens of the world.”
This is clearly demonstrated in making the tour entirely free, with the exception of San Miguel de Allende, where a fundraiser for Casa de los Ángeles’ low income daycare is held. In addition, by performing shoulder to shoulder with local choirs across several cities of Mexico, they strive to ensure a cultural exchange through music.
Casa de los Ángeles’ casa is a safe space for single, working mothers who come from the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende. Since September of 2000, it has grown to serve 100 children each day. The day care center provides a happy educational environment for Mexican children under the age of five, where they get to play, eat, learn, and laugh. It is also a support network for local women, who complete an hour of service for each day that their child is at the day care, thereby participating actively in the care of their children.
The concert will be about an hour long. It will take place at Teatro Ángela Peralta, Mesones 82, San Miguel de Allende, on Wednesday, June 8, at 7pm. Tickets are available at the box office of the theater for a 200 peso donation per ticket.