Youths gather for choir concert

Classical, folk, Native works to be performed Saturday at JDHS

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2000

More than 50 young singers will join voices Saturday for a spring concert by the Alaska Youth Choir. The performance will include classical pieces, ethnic music and American folk songs.

The Alaska Native dance group Lda Kut Naax Sati Yat'x - which means All Nation's Children - will open the show, and the Juneau Youth Symphony will perform a short set as well. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

The Alaska Youth Choir has two components. The younger members will be featured in the first half of the program, and the concert choir of older singers will open the second half of the program.

The 30 members of the older group are traveling to New York City and Boston next month for a week and will perform at the Boston Academy of Music. The choir members will also see a Broadway play, a Yankees game and the Statue of Liberty, as well as museums and other city sights.

``We submitted a tape to see if we can sing the National Anthem to open a game with the New York Yankees that week, and we're waiting to hear from them,'' said Smyth.

The youth choir, directed by Missouri Smyth, is open to singers 8 to 16 years old, with unchanged voices, either alto or soprano, and auditions are this month. The group sang in ``King Island Christmas'' in December with the Perseverance Theatre, Juneau Lyric Opera and the Juneau Symphony.

Admission to the Alaska Youth Choir's spring concert is $10; $5 for seniors, students and children; and $25 for a family of five.

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