The Kansas Youth Chorale on Sunday will present its first concert of its eighth season.
“Many Voices, One Song!” will feature dozens of children singers in fourth through eight grade from Shawnee County. The choir is directed by Kay Siebert, with accompaniment by Cynthia Neufeld Smith.
Tickets for the 7 p.m. performance at First Presbyterian Church, 817 S.W. Harrison in Topeka, are available in advance for $8 at any Community Bank Topeka location or at the church. Tickets can be purchased the day of the concert for $10. Children age 12 and younger get in free.
The program highlights tunes such as “Cantate Domino,” “Peace Be With You,” “Sisi Ni Moja,” “A Family Christmas Spectacular,” “Light the Candles All Around the World,” “Art Thou Troubled?” and many others.
Being a holiday recital, Siebert said her goal when choosing the music is finding songs that appeal to more traditions than just one. During one of the more challenging pieces they sing, “Peace Be With You,” the children will sing the phrase in 12 different languages.
“They are really enjoying it,” said Siebert. “It’s been challenging, but they’ve enjoyed it.”
The group started rehearsing regularly just after Labor Day, and Siebert said they’ve performed weekly to prepare for the concert.
The choir will also perform with instrumentalists from the Topeka Youth Symphony Philharmonic String Quartet, featuring Gray Marshall on first violin; Emily Marshall on second violin; Abby McDaniel, viola; Carolyn Voth, cello; Ken Park, Djembe; and Detria Anderson, flute.
The choir also will be joined by the Kansas Youth Chorale Friends and Family Choir, which is composed of alumni and friends of KYC.
The KYC was founded in 2009 to expand the experiences of young singers united in the goal of bringing joy to others through music. Last month, the Kansas Youth Chorale was honored by ARTSConnect at its 2017 Arty Awards, winning the 2017 Performing Arts Award.