Five years after the Boys Choir of Harlem stopped performing amid a sexual-abuse scandal and financial collapse, an effort to resurrect the group has taken an important step forward, with auditions planned next week for a new set of singers. Continue reading
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From Ed D.
For more than three decades, they sang Mozart in Latin, Bach in German, and Cole Porter and Stevie Wonder in English, from Alice Tully Hall in New York to Royal Albert Hall in London.
For the audiences that marveled at the Boys Choir of Harlem, it was an additional wonder that the young performers with world-class voices had emerged from some of the most difficult neighborhoods of New York. December was always a busy month, as the choir toured the country’s premier concert halls and appeared on television Christmas specials.
But this year, the boys are nowhere to be found. Last week, Terrance Wright, a 39-year-old choir alumnus, picked up a microphone in front of the altar of Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church in Harlem, the choir’s last home, and delivered news that surprised few people but saddened many.
New York City has 18 new charter schools, each with a distinct personality. But only one has a story that spans almost 3,000 miles, from Sacramento, Calif., to 134th Street in Harlem. This charter school’s story includes sports, politics, the historic Boys Choir of Harlem, even a federal investigation and a controversial figure behind it – former NBA star Kevin Johnson. The school opened last week, and Ben Adler of NPR station KXJZ in Sacramento came out to file this report. Continue reading