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Children of the world coming to Zumbrota

With more than 50 performers on stage, Songs of Hope offers a high-energy show.

The concert tour is the result of a six-week camp for an international group of children, all performing the music of their individual countries.

Songs of Hope returns to Zumbrota for a 7 p.m. show Thursday July 17 at United Redeemer Church.

The concert is free; a freewill offering box will be at the church entrance. Crossings and the Zumbrota Area Arts Council are sponsoring the performance.

In addition to the concert, youths ages 7 to 16 can take part in a free drumming workshop earlier in the day. Participants may then perform onstage at the concert, during one song.

The event features music from countries large and small mixed with American songs chosen because they offer perfect entertainment for a warm summer’s night including folk, jazz, blues, New Orleans Second Line, Cajun and rock ’n roll.

Music originating from participating children’s homelands — including Vietnam, China, India, Serbia, Albania, Italy, Greece, Russia, Turkey, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Guatemala, Costa Rica and Mexico — will be part of the show. There will be a special tribute to Pete Seeger.

The group includes ages 9 to young adults and they participate in a six-week performing arts summer camp in St. Paul.

More than just a performing arts camp, the nonprofit Songs of Hope offers participants a unique opportunity to live in community with kids from other cultures while learning and performing music from many countries.

The whole company performs on every song, which means the performers from more than a dozen countries, will be singing in several languages that may be entirely new to them.

The drumming workshop takes place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Participants must call Crossings to register as space is limited. Instruments will be provided for this introduction to some simple but challenging percussion rhythms from around the world, taught by young musicians from those places, on drums from their homelands.

These activities are made possible through Minnesota State Arts Board and National Endowment for the Arts grants.

For more information, visit, stop in to Crossings at Carnegie at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota, or call 507-732-7616.

If you go …

What: The nonprofit group Songs of Hope features over 50 performers on stage. The concert is the result of a six-week camp for children from around the world performing the music of their countries.

When: 7 p.m. Thursday July 17

Where: United Redeemer Church, Zumbrota

Cost: Freewill donation accepted