Boston City Singers Embarks on International Goodwill Performance Tour to Costa Rica
DORCHESTER, MA (July 20, 2015) – The acclaimed Dorchester-based Boston City Singers Tour Choir — over 40 young singers ages 11-18 — is getting ready to embark on a two-week Goodwill Tour to Costa Rica from August 8 – 21, 2015.
The Tour Choir will explore Costa Rica’s musical traditions as well as its unique history and ecology. They will begin in Peñas Blancas, where they will perform at two local primary schools, followed by a visit to an orphanage in La Fortuna. In San Jose, the Tour Choir will have the opportunity to perform at the Cartago Cathedral with the renown chamber choir Sensa Tempo, under the direction of Beverlyn Mora, faculty member at the Universidad de Costa Rica. At the Eugene O’Neill Theatre (the fourth largest theater in the country), Boston City Singers will join forces with the Universidad de Costa Rica choir in an evening concert. They will close the tour with concerts and visits in Monteverde and Punta Leona. In addition to their several performances, the Tour Choir will also have the opportunity to learn about Costa Rican culture and history through hands-on activities, including learning folk dances, and history tours.
Boston City Singers is committed to developing cultural ambassadors for peace, harmony, and cooperation by embarking on a Goodwill Tour biannually. Under the direction of Artistic Director Jane E. Money, all members have been given the opportunity to attend regardless of their family’s financial circumstance. To prepare for the tour, the forty singers were divided into six teams and asked to raise at least $3,000 per team to contribute toward the cost of the tour. In addition, singers took part in a service day designed to fundraise in their neighborhoods and communities. The fundraising is well worth it, say singers, for the experiences they have while on tour:
“When we travel to other countries, I know that when we start singing, a connection will form between each and every one of us, as if an invisible thread is running through our lungs.”
— Maggie L., Tour Choir member
For updates while the group is abroad, visit www.bostoncitysingers.org and click on “News”, or visit Boston City Singers’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/BostCitySingers, where they will post stories and photos throughout the trip.