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Wilton Celebrates Dreams, Unity At Concert On Sunday

ABC of Wilton will have its fifth annual I Dream A World concert on Sunday at the Clune Center at Wilton High School. This is an image from last year's concert.
ABC of Wilton will have its fifth annual I Dream A World concert on Sunday at the Clune Center at Wilton High School. This is an image from last year's concert. Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn.  – Voices from Wilton, New York City and elsewhere will combine on Sunday as A Better Chance of Wilton will celebrate freedom and dreams at an annual concert.

The fifth annual “I Dream A World” concert will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Clune Center at Wilton High School. The event will feature choruses from Middlebrook School and the Montessori School, singers from Wilton High School, students who performed at previous ABC concerts and Songs of Solomon, a choir from New York City’s Harlem section.

Adrienne Reedy, vice president of fundraising for A Better Chance, said the concert is a way to celebrate freedom and dreams as well as bring people together.

“The music and the message are so inspirational,” Reedy said. “It will be a cross of gospel music and spirituals and classical pieces as well.”

The choirs will be directed by composer Rollo Dilworth, a conductor and choral teacher at Temple University in Philadelphia. The choirs will perform together, including in a new piece titled “Trilogy of Dreams,” which is based on three short poems by Langston Hughes, a noted African-American poet of the Harlem Renaissance.

Current Wilton ABC students Monei Walker and J.P. Clarke will sing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” during the show.

This year, 14 ABC students from New York City, Boston and elsewhere in Connecticut are attending Wilton High School.  The concert, first held in 2009, is an opportunity for Wilton to celebrate diversity and unity, Reedy said.

“We wanted it to become something about freedom and dreams,” she said. “Something that shows that all people are created equal and we should be free to celebrate our ideas and be free to dream.”

Reedy said she most enjoys when all of the choirs perform together.

“It shows us what our world looks like and what it is,” she said.

The concert will also recognize the victims of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown with a moment of silence. Artwork from students in Wilton’s ABC program will be auctioned during the event.

Tickets for the concert are $25 for adults and $10 for students and children. Proceeds will go to benefit the work of A Better Chance of Wilton.

People can get more information about tickets by visiting www.abcwilton.org or calling Reedy at (203) 834-1882.

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