Acclaimed choral group, “Urban Voices,” will perform a free concert Sunday, July 29, at the 10 a.m. worship service at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church. Directed by Leav Sofer of the Colburn Conservatory of Music, the group is composed of residents from Los Angeles’s Skid Row community.
All are invited to attend the concert at the church as well as the lunch to be held in Healton Hall following the service. A $5 offering is encouraged for the meal.
Lynn Francis, pastor of LBUMC, says, “We are excited to be welcoming the Urban Voices Project for its premiere concert in Orange County. The performers in this remarkable choir are using their talents to enrich and positively impact the L.A. Community. As they’ve now discovered, the dedication to music has served to enrich their own lives, opening doors for their future.”
Urban Voices Project has performed throughout the Los Angeles area and been featured in the Los Angeles Times and on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Guest instructors have included conductors of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Opera. The choir serves as a bridge to the John Wesley Health Centers in Los Angeles, which offers health and wellness services for the homeless in Los Angeles.
Laguna Beach United Methodist Church is located at 21632 Wesley Drive, up the hill from the Gelson’s Shopping Center. Following the concert and lunch, attendees are also welcome to join the choir for fun and fellowship at Treasure Island beach at the ocean end of Wesley Drive. For additional information, contact the church at 949-499-3088 or lbumc.org