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St. Paul Neighborhood youth will sing ‘America The Beautiful” with Leslie Odom Jr.
St. Paul—January 29, 2018—Dreams are about to come true for some aspiring young Twin Cities singers. The NFL announced today that ComMUSICation and Angelica Cantanti youth choirs will perform during pregame festivities at Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday, February 4. Performing alongside Tony and Grammy Award-winning performer Leslie Odom Jr., these 12 – 15-year-olds will sing ‘America The Beautiful’ on field prior to the National Anthem.
"Our youth perform with such joy and hope for the future, and singing at the Super Bowl is an incredible opportunity for our young singers of color to be seen and celebrated for their positive contributions to our community,” says Music Director Ryan LaBoy. “It's an honor to be invited to sing alongside an artist like Leslie Odom Jr. We are deeply grateful."
Founded in 2013, ComMUSICation is an intensive youth development music program with a mission to empower St. Paul’s most vulnerable youth with life skills through music, service, and community. Beginning with the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood in 2013, ComMUSICation now serves youth from several St. Paul neighborhoods by utilizing community partners and strongly encouraging family involvement and community engagement. CMC is inspired by the renowned El Sistema music-for-social-change movement. In its fourth season, ComMUSICation teams up with various community organizations and artists to host frequent, diverse performances, including community partnerships with MPR and Minnesota Orchestra. ComMUSICation develops character skills through artistic excellence, while providing these youth with the keys to their community and opportunities to make a difference. “This opportunity couldn’t better embody our mission of breaking down barriers and racial equity for all youth to participate in a high-quality music program,” says Founder & Executive Programming Director Sara Zanussi.
Currently ComMUSICation serves over 100 youth each week at several sites throughout eleven months-a-year. ComMUSICation is in proud partnership with St. Paul City School, the Mt. Airy Boys & Girls Club, St. Paul Promise Neighborhood, and the citywide youth development network, Sprockets. Major funders include Metropolitan Regional Art Council, Sheltering Arms, St. Paul, Mardag and Bigelow Foundations, generous individuals, and Patterson Thuente IP. Generous community support is bringing ComMUSICation closer to its goal of providing access for any Twin Cities youth that wants to participate by scaling the program to multiple sites to serve over 500 young people. For more information, visit www.cmcmn.org and @commusicationmn on Facebook.