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Benefit concert features choirs, dancers

Bella Voce choirs and dancers from the Minnesota Youth Ballet Academy will present "Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery," a benefit concert March 15 at Assisi Heights.

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John Marshall senior Allie Round rehearses a song with the Minnesota Ballet Academy and Bella Voce Choir on Sunday at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Rochester.
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Bella Voce choirs and dancers from the Minnesota Youth Ballet Academy will present "Breaking the Chains of Modern Day Slavery," a benefit concert March 15 at Assisi Heights.

The concert is part of an effort by the Sisters of St. Francis to raise awareness of human trafficking. The sisters hosted three days of awareness and education programs on the issue in January.

"This is another way to raise awareness in the community," said Kathy Gatliff, director of communications and public relations for the Franciscans. "It's a way to reach the public through the arts."

The Bella Voce Young Women's Choir and the Bella Fiore Choir, directed by Shelly Winemiller will perform, accompanied by Minnesota Youth Ballet Academy dancers, directed by Ellen Huston. Bella Voce is composed of singers in grades 9-12, while Bella Fiore is made up of singers in grades 6-8.

"Bella Voce has done things with the sisters before and we thought this would be a good opportunity to combine their talents and make it a benefit for this cause," Gatliff said.

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Selections will include "Mein Freund ist Mein" by Bach, "Can You Hear" by Papoluis, "Cantique de Jean Racine" by Faure, and "Blessing" by Kate Bart.

The human trafficking awareness campaign seeks to shine a light on the way young women can be forced into a life of prostitution and virtual slavery. The Rochester Franciscans have been hosting workshops and raising awareness about the issue since 2010.

Tickets for the concert are $10, available online at www.singoutloud.org.

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