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June 3, 2004

CBC News, Canada

Three young Canadian singers are in France this week to take part in the World Chamber Choir, assembled for the 60th anniversary D-Day ceremonies. Kristopher Snarby of Liverpool, N.S., Edmonton's Benila Ninan and Kevin Skelton from Kelowna, B.C., joined 40 young choristers from countries in South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America for a series of performances commemorating the anniversary this weekend. It's a privilege to participate and to pay tribute to those who fought in one of the most important battles of the Second World War, Snarby said. "To be invited to be there for this special anniversary is an honour," he said. "It will be a special time for everybody there and everybody back home in Canada who are watching the ceremonies on TV."

The singing group, which features the world's most talented youth choir members, will perform a variety of works: from Arnold Schoenberg's Friede auf Erden (Peace on Earth) to selections of popular French music. Jean-Marc Poncelet, executive director of the Belgium-based International Centre for Choral Music, organized the World Chamber Choir and also runs the World Youth Choir program. He hopes that the choir's upcoming performances will convey a message of world peace, hope and friendship to those listening. "Gathering people from different parts of the world with different cultures [shows] a different idea of what could be a world without war," Poncelet said. "We won't change the world, but if we can change the minds of several people, it's a good start."

Posted by acapnews at June 3, 2004 10:11 PM

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