Children's choirs always conjure such idyllic images, as though the spirit of the music and the joy of performing provide a respite from skinned knees, school bullies, the loss of the big game or whatever may be the chorus members' reality. Take the Vienna Boys' Choir: Things seem perfect when this group is onstage. Or consider the Children's Choir of Benin. Life in the largely impoverished West African country can be harsh, but these kids' music is a passport, both figuratively and literally: The chorus performed at the World of Children's Choirs Festival in Vancouver and has traveled the globe since, visiting such places as Hong Kong and Italy. Now, you can hear the choir sing traditional African songs at Trinity Presbyterian Church (6800 Washington Avenue, University City; 314-725-3840 or; admission to the 7 p.m. concert is free. For more information visit
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