Thursday night the kids had the opportunity to sing at the Vitacura Christmas tree lighting with their choir. They performed with Cecilia Echenique, a Chilean recording artist. My heart melted as they sang the Christmas carols they had learned in Spanish. You could tell by their faces they were proud and excited while they sang. One of the highlights was getting to meet some of the kid’s choir friends that they often talk about. We always just drop them off and pick them up at the choir doors, so we’d never had the opportunity to really put faces with names. The kids were so sweet and fun, and I was so grateful for the friendship they offered Jane and Wilson over our time here in Santiago.
Saturday night they had a big performance with the adult choir. The audience had to have been over 1,000 people. The concert itself was beautifully done and watching the kids sing and dance was a joy.
Making friends and taking performance directions in another language is hard for an adult. Auditions and rehearsals started about our first week in Santiago, which was as shock. Though these kids grew frustrated with the situation occasionally, they followed through until the end. I’m so proud of not only how well they performed but just that they did it! They were part of a giant, local cultural production here. That’s such a life experience. One that I hope they look back on fondly.