The choir will perform at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road in Buckhead, Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. The choir will also participate in the celebration of Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, 353 Peachtree Center Ave., downtown Atlanta Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The award-winning choir was founded in 1974 by Prince Rainier III to showcase the principality of Monaco’s historic association with culture and the performing arts. It is a part of the Monaco Cathedral Choir and is composed of children ages 8 to 18, who have passed rigorous examinations to be admitted into the prestigious ensemble. After substantial training, the group traditionally embarks on a spring tour of Europe and a summer tour to more far-flung destinations.
The choir, especially popular for their unusual repertoire of works written for children, has visited more than 35 nations around the world and performs an average of 30 to 40 concerts a year. It is under the patronage of the prince of Monaco, Albert II. With the generous support of the Monégasque government, the choir is able to donate its talents to concerts organized on behalf of humanitarian associations throughout the world.
On previous visits to the U.S., the choir has appeared at many prestigious venues including Yankee Stadium for a rendition of “God Bless America” at a game opening and Bryant Park in New York in 2002, the Kennedy Center in Washington and the Kravis Center in Palm Beach. It also appeared live on NBC’s “The Today Show” during its 1999 tour.
The musical repertoire, directed by Pierre Debat, includes sacred musical works by Charpentier, Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Fauré and Franck; French and Monégasque folk songs; English-language songs such as “My Love is a Red, Red Rose” and “Joshua” and American songs like “America The Beautiful” and “The Star Spangled Banner.”
For concert information, contact Charlie Battle, honorary consul for the principality of Monaco, at (404) 509-6879 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For choir information, visit www.lespetitschanteurs.mc/en.