The Haitian Youth Choir and Chamber Ensemble will be performing at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Olde Towne Portsmouth, on Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm.
Robert Davenport, Trinity’s Priest, is breathing a sigh of relief that Hurricane Irma only “grazed” Haiti. There was doubt that the 30-voice choir from Port-Au-Prince would be able to fly out of Haiti in time for this concert, sponsored in part by the Southeast Virginia Community Foundation.
Haiti is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Matthew, which almost “wiped out” the country last year. Another direct hit would have meant devastation to the already fragile infrastructure of Haiti. Father Davenport wants to spread the good news. The 30 boys and girls and the seven-piece ensemble have made it to the United States and will be performing Choral and instrumental works of Haitian Folk and sacred music on Wednesday night.
“We are delighted to welcome to Portsmouth, and especially to Trinity Church, this wonderfully talented group of young men and women, “ said Father Davenport. The group is stopping at the historic Trinity Church on their way to Washington, D. C. where they will be performing at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art on September 22.
Trinity Church has been serving the people of Portsmouth since 1762. There are several heroes of the Revolutionary War buried in the courtyard, including Commodore James Barron. The interior of the church was once converted to a hospital for wounded African American soldiers from the Union Army. There are six stained glass windows in the church by Louis Comfort Tiffany.
The church alone is worth a visit, but on Wednesday night, you will get the added bonus of 30 wonderfully talented children, all the way from Haiti.
This concert is free and open to the public. Trinity Episcopal Church is located at the corner of Court Street and High Street in beautiful Olde Towne Portsmouth. For more info, click here.