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'Ambassadors of good will' spread holiday cheer

Young singers are raising their voices throughout metro Atlanta this holiday season. Already into their seasonal concert schedule, members of the Atlanta Boy Choir are traveling to different venues to spread their gifts of song and holiday cheer.

The 40 boys and 40 alumni men, who make up the 54th Atlanta Boy Choir, are from cities throughout metro Atlanta and the Southern Crescent area. They sang holiday songs Wednesday at the Georgia State Capitol, under the direction of Maestro Fletcher Wolfe. They plan to perform at other area locations throughout this month.

"The boys are ambassadors of culture and good will," said Amy Elfersy, public relations director for the Atlanta Boy Choir. "They sing and the world listens."

Elfersy said once the choir has completed its holiday concert season, it will prepare for performances a world away.

The famous choir, Elfersy said, received an invitation from the Glinka School of Music, in St. Petersburg, Russia. She said they were chosen to appear in a televised concert at The Great Hall of the Philharmonic in June 2012.

"It is a life-changing experience for the boys," she said. "They learn, not only the most beautiful music in the world, they also learn poise, self-confidence, self-esteem, independence, and they also learn to appreciate people of all races, religions, cultures and social strata."

Elfersy said the choir will perform at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Atlanta at 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 9; the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 10; and the Cathedral of St. Philip's in Buckhead, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 16.

To learn more, visit the Sacred Heart of Jesus web site, at www.sacredheartatlanta.org; the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers web site, at www.trappist.net, or the Atlanta Boy Choir web site, at www.atlantaboychoir.org.