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As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations, Child’s Play India Foundation will be organising a special Christmas concert on December 7, 6 p.m. at Menezes Braganza Hall, Panaji.

The evening will feature the Child’s Play Chorus, the Camerata Child’s Play India and performances by ‘Aradhon’, a sacred music choir from Goa. 

Child’s Play India’s mission is to instill positive values and provide social empowerment to India’s disadvantaged children through the teaching of classical music to the highest possible standard. Established in 2009 by physician-musician Luis Dias, the NGO has worked with hundreds of children. Instruction is currently provided in violin, viola, cello, flute, piano and choir at three locations in and around Panaji. The cello and choir projects are open to the wider community.

This concert will showcase a variety of pieces including traditional carols in English, Konkani and Portuguese. The orchestra will play carols and other works such as Handel’s Sarabande in D minor HWV 437 and the fun-filled ‘Toy Symphony’.

“Our concerts are a showcase of the continued progress our students make. It is important for students and our audience to see that children and young people can play classical music to a high level. Our concerts are fun but we always aim for a high musical standard, even in a children’s orchestra. The pursuit of excellence can never begin too early,” says Dias.

Dias adds that with Omar de Loiola Pereira coming on board to lead the children’s choir, it was a logical step from there to invite his much-acclaimed sacred music choir Aradhon to perform at this concert. “This is a rare North Goa public performance by them, and I am excited at the prospect of having them share our stage, and sing alongside our children, in addition to their own performance,” he says.

Donation passes are available at Furtados Panaji and Margao and at the venue
before the concert.

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