Monadnock Ledger Transcript -Benji Rosen
When the Cecilia Ensemble — a choir of high school-age girls from across the region — performed in the Czech Republic in 2005, one of the singers addressed the audience in Czech, to which the audience erupted in applause because a foreigner had learned their language.
In 2007, in the Catalonian region of Spain, another singer from the Cecilia Ensemble spoke Catalan to the audience, after which they also whistled and cheered.
“We become ambassadors of our town, our state and our country — that’s how I see us, as ambassadors,” says Artistic Director Maria Belva. “I like doing things like that. The girls get a sense of what it means to the people there to be a part of their country.”