Friday, April 13, 2012

GRCC traces the triangle

The Greater Richmond Children’s Choir will trace the “triangle” of the 17th-to-19th-century slave trade in June performances in Great Britain and Ghana, with a preview of the concert tour on April 28 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Boulevard at Grove Avenue.

The choir, led by Hope Armstrong Erb, will perform songs of praise from Ghana in the Twi and Ewe languages, Anglican choral music from England and folk songs and hymns of American Indians, Latino Americans, African-Americans and Anglo-Americans in the museum concert, beginning at 2 p.m. April 28. Tours of the museum’s African art collection will precede and follow the concert.

Tickets for the museum performance are $5. For more information, call (804) 201-1894.

The June tour will take the chorus to Liverpool, the English home port for many slave traders, and to Ghana, the West African coastal nation where enslaved Africans were gathered for their journeys to the Americas.

Before embarking on the tour, GRCC’s various ensembles will celebrate the choir’s 15th anniversary in a free concert at 4 p.m. May 19 at Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St. (next to the Landmark Theater).