Songs of Hope to perform in New Ulm Friday

NEW ULM – Songs of Hope, an international performance group based in St. Paul, will be in New Ulm Friday for the first time in its 23-year history of touring.

The concert is general seating and free thanks to the generous support of the Minnesota State Arts Board, General Mills Foundation, Macy’s Stores, and other important funders.

Featuring 65 performers from 15 countries all across the globe, the global Songs of Hope company will present a concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, July 11, at United Church of Christ of New Ulm.

Songs of Hope showcases the talents of young performers aged 9-25 who come to Minnesota each summer from countries all across the globe. This summer, the performers coming to New Ulm are from Vietnam, China, India, Albania, Italy, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Venezuela, and USA, and the show they’re bringing is high-energy stuff, a stage full of movement, dancing, singing and colorful cultural dress from all around the world – traditional folk songs from Guatemala and China, inspiring pieces from Israel and Turkey, beautiful dances from Vietnam and India, one of Elvis Presley’s most inspiring songs, plus blues, rock ‘n roll, and much more.

To remember Pete Seeger, one of the great folk artists of our time, there will be a special tribute to his great musical legacy. And to celebrate the new generation of heroes in our world, the kids will sing the hip and inspiring, “I Am Malala,” in honor of the girl who nearly lost her life in her quest to get what so many youngsters take for granted: a simple education in a real school.

Songs of Hope is “foot-stomping, hand-clapping fun with a much-needed message about people everywhere getting along and respecting each other,” according to its organizers.

Songs of Hope is a six-week, overnight performing arts summer camp in Saint Paul for kids aged 10 and older from around the world. More than just a performing arts camp, Songs of Hope offers participants a unique opportunity to live in community with kids from other countries and cultures while learning and performing music from many countries.Children Singing

Each summer, a select group of no more than 50 children and young adults venture to Minnesota from Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the U.S. They arrive as strangers but soon find themselves embraced in a closely-knit, supportive community as they learn popular songs and dances from each other’s cultures. Then, they take these songs of peace, love, and respect into neighboring communities in a joyous celebration of cultural unity, delighting their audiences along the way.

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