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Harvard students join local choirs for a charity concert

Harvard students join local choirs for a charity concert

Ti Gong

The Harvard Crocodile Choir is in Shanghai to perform charity performances.

The Harvard Krokodiloes (the Kroks) choir appeared Tuesday night at a charity concert in Shanghai to raise public awareness of cognitive disorders such as autism and raise educational funds for the group.

During the “Blossoming Arts, Singing for Love, 2024 Sino-US Youth Exchange Night,” the Kroks performed eight a cappella songs, singing and dancing on stage, mixing humor and theatrical elements into their performance.

In a special section they sang the famous Chinese song “The Moon Represents My Heart” together with the Indigo Angels, a choir of people with autism, Down syndrome or intellectual disabilities. The song caused the audience to spontaneously sing along.

The Harvard students sang another Chinese song “In the field of hope” with the VIVA Choir of East China Normal University.

The Harvard Krokodiloes is an a cappella men’s choir with a history of over 100 years, known for their annual volunteer performances worldwide.

Edward Gonet IV, tour director of the Kroks, said the choir’s mission is to share the love of music around the world and promote joy and mutual understanding.

“It’s my first time here in Shanghai and we had a great bus ride from the airport to the city center, seeing the highway and nature. It was beautiful,” he said.

“I was talking to one of the students from the VIVA choir and she said that we may not speak the same language, but through the music we could communicate and be together. That was very moving.”

On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Sino-US diplomatic relations, the Shanghai Youth Activity Center, organizer of the charity concert, said it is committed to creating a platform for friendly exchanges between Chinese and foreign youth in cultural and charitable fields. Events like the Chinese-American Youth Exchange Night play a crucial role in achieving that goal.

Harvard students join local choirs for a charity concert

Ti Gong

The Harvard Krokodiloes performed with the Indigo Angels, a choir of people with autism, Down syndrome or an intellectual disability.

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