3 p.m. Sunday, First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St.; $10, $5 students; 633-3562.


Almost 50 local singers from the Colorado Springs Children's Chorale are headed to Italy this summer.

To help prepare them for the June journey, they'll perform works by Antonio Vivaldi in "Voci Di Bambini" (voices of the children) Sunday at First Congregational Church.

Vivaldi was a known advocate for children in the late 1600s and early 1700s, says Marcia Hendricks, executive director of the chorale. He wrote music for an orphanage in Venice and would visit to conduct choirs and orchestras.

"The concert will be bookended by Vivaldi's music but will take the audience through the life of a child," Hendricks says, "with lullabies and whimsical children's music, like nursery rhymes. And then with songs that ask adults, 'Will you take care of me?' 'Will you make this world a better place?'"

The group of students and adults will visit the site of the original orphanage this summer, though in its place now is a social service organization.

On Sunday, Lori Bammesberger will conduct the Pikes Peak and Springs Singers, two of the CSCC's five choirs. The chorale also is partnering with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for the concert.

"What's really important to us is we're doing it in collaboration with CASA and just making that connection with voices for children," Hendricks says. "CASA serves in our community as a voice for children. We're going to celebrate all children in this concert."

Jennifer Mulson, The Gazette, 636-0270, jen.mulson@gazette.com

Other events

"Godspell" - By Colorado Springs Conservatory, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Colorado Springs Conservatory, 415 S. Sahwatch St., $5-$10, 577-4556, coloradospringsconservatory.org.

Kids First Series: "Clown on a Bike" - By Millibo Art Theatre, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Millibo Art Theatre, 1626 S. Tejon St., $9-$11, 465-6321, themat.org.