Thursday March 21, 2013

WESTMINSTER -- The Kurn Hattin Homes for Children Select Choir, the first Vermont music ensemble to compete on the WGBY Public Television series "Together In Song," will be featured on the season premiere of the third season of "Together in Song" this Saturday at 8 p.m.

"Together in Song" is hosted by Springfield Symphony Orchestra Maestro Kevin Rhodes, and the children from Kurn Hattin Homes will compete with 37 other non-professional children’s and adult choruses from Western New England in 10 categories according to age and musical genre.

Lisa Bianconi, Kurn Hattin’s music director since 1985, said the students taped their segment in early February. "It was an amazing adventure. The children have such talent and poise and have demonstrated that they are ready for a competition. We look forward to the first round."

Based on judges’ scores and audience votes on the show’s website (togetherinsong.wgby.org), the Kurn Hattin Homes for Children’s Select Choir can advance to the series finals, presented live at the Paramount Theater in Springfield, Mass., on April 28.

Broadcast times for the Kurn Hattin Homes Select Choir performance are on WGBY-HD on Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 11 a.m., on WGBY-World on Sunday at 7 p.m., and Wednesday, March 27, at 2 p.m.; and on WGBY-KIDS on Monday, March 25, at 9 p.m., and Thursday, March 28, at 8 p.m. For additional information. visit togetherinsong.wgby.org.

"Music has played an essential role in life at Kurn Hattin Homes since the school’s beginnings in the late 1800s" says Kurn Hattin Homes Co-Executive Director Connie Sanderson. "Today, all 100 students participate in one or more aspects of the music program, and all students in grades 4-8 learn and perform on band instruments."

Kurn Hattin music ensembles perform at numerous venues in New England. Last fall, they were featured with Natalie MacMaster’s "Christmas in Cape Breton" tour at the Bellows Falls Opera House.

A place of hope since 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children provides a safe home and quality education for boys and girls, ages 6-15, whose families are experiencing a time of personal or financial need. Kurn Hattin Homes is entirely funded by private donations. For more information, visit www.kurnhattin.org.