VALLEJO — VOENA, a Bay Area multicultural children’s choir, has sung for a pope and presidents. Members have traveled the world and appeared at Carnegie Hall.
Now the children of VOENA are bringing holiday cheer to the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.
VOENA was founded in 1994. The 100-plus group performs a cappella vocal arrangements using multiple percussion instruments, dance and theatrical elements. Its musical repertoire includes folk music from Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East, North and South America.
The children sing classical, pop and sacred songs in more than 20 languages representing the ethnicities of the choir, including Swahili, Japanese, Russian and Navajo, to name a few.
Most of the children join VOENA without any previous choir experience. There are no auditions; if the child has the desire to be in the choir, he or she is accepted.
“Any child with the commitment and desire to sing can be in VOENA,” said choir director Annabelle Marie said in a press statement.
The group will perform 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at 330 Virginia St.
For information, call 552-2400 or visit www.voenachoir.org.
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