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Carroll Children's Chorus chosen for D.C. festival


The Children's Chorus of Carroll County has been selected to sing in Washington, D.C., at the Christmas Pageant of Peace, a holiday festival sponsored in part by the National Park Service.

The chorus will perform from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, at a stage on the Ellipse, south of the White House.

The Children's Chorus of Carroll County is a private chorus with 98 members in grades two through 10, under the Carroll County Arts Council.

"I think it's an honor," said Diane Jones, who directs the group with Idalea Rubin and Holly Kugler.

"We're very proud, and we hope we sing OK," said Katie Hall, 11, a student at North Carroll Middle School.

The Christmas Pageant of Peace will open with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree by President Clinton at 5 p.m. Thursday.

It will continue with a display of Christmas trees representing the District of Columbia and the states and territories of the United States.

Bands and choirs from the Washington metropolitan area will perform from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. each evening from Friday to Dec. 23 and from Dec. 26 to Dec. 30.

Ms. Jones said the Carroll County Children's Chorus applied for a spot on the pageant program in September, and learned in October that the application had been accepted.

She said she believes the chorus is the only Carroll County group that ever has participated in the event. The group sang in the pageant several years ago, Ms. Jones said.

She said the children are excited, and will become even more so when they see where they will perform.

"It's absolutely beautiful," she said. "You can see all the lights, and you can see the [Washington] Monument."

The chorus is divided into two groups. Each will perform for 15 minutes.

Ms. Jones said the first group, children in grades two through five, will sing traditional holiday folk songs from around the world, and classical pieces.

The second group, of children in grades five through 10, will perform Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols" and selections by DeCormier.

Visitors to the Christmas Pageant of Peace may have complimentary cocoa, cookies and candy.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Christmas Pageant of Peace Inc., the National Park Service, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and the Washington Convention and Visitors' Association. Private corporations provide additional support.

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