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Kinderchor plans a Haiti benefit concert

Desire by members of Spokane’s Kinderchor to raise funds for post-earthquake recovery in Haiti led to planning a Haiti cultural diversity benefit concert at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Rd.

Sharon Smith, director of Kinderchor’s two choirs, decided to introduce the 62 children to music of other ethnicities in Spokane while raising funds for Haiti.

The concert will also feature the Spokane Community Gospel Choir, a choir from the Korean Presbyterian Church, the Haran Dancers, Kosher Red Hots, African drumming and Native American drumming.

Spokane’s Kinderchor, which was begun in 2003 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, consists of two groups, the prep choir for second to fifth graders and the concert choir for fifth graders through high school seniors.

 “It’s important to broaden children’s musical horizons, so I expose them to various ethnic music forms,” she said.

For the concert, the Kinderchor will sing “Give Us Hope” by Jim Papoolas, a Maori song and the Hebrew song, “Bashana Haba-a.”

Funds will be split between the American Red Cross and the Presbyterian Disaster Fund.

When Sharon moved back to Spokane in 2006, the former choir director Lynn Brinkmeyer was moving away.  Sharon had directed the Nebraska Children’s Chorus and taught music for 28 years in the Omaha school system after graduating from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma.

She is also choir director at Bethany Presbyterian Church.

The prep choir practices at 5 p.m., Tuesdays, at St. Stephen’s, 5720 S. Perry, and the concert choir practices from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Mondays, at Knox Presbyterian, 806 W. Knox.

For information, call 325-0193.