July 12--The Voices of Unity youth choir will leave Sunday for a new part of the world, but with the same goal of winning medals at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.
The choir, a program of the Unity Performing Arts Foundation in Fort Wayne, expects to arrive Monday in Riga, which is seven hours ahead of Fort Wayne.
The group will send 53 people to Riga, which includes nearly 35 students plus adult chaperones and staff, a news release said. They will travel by charter bus from the Rhinehart Music Center at IPFW to O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, where they will fly to Poland and then on to Riga.
Latvia, a former Soviet republic, is northeast of Poland. Its eastern border abuts Russia. Riga is in the central part of the country at the bottom of a large gulf in the Baltic Sea.
More than 490 choirs from around the world are expected to compete at the games, Voices of Unity choir founder Marshall White said previously. The Voices of Unity will compete in the Gospel music category.
The choir won a gold medal in the Popular Choral Music category at the 2012 World Choir Games in Cincinnati. At the 2010 games in Shaoxing, China, the group won a gold medal in Popular Choral Music and world champion status in the Gospel and Spiritual Music category.
While in Riga, the choir's schedule also includes meals in the Olympic Sports Centre, where several other participating choral groups will dine and get the chance to chat with each other, the news release said. They will perform during a special Friendship Concert and also walk in the Parade of Nations.
They will do a little sightseeing before returning at about 12:30 a.m.July 22 to Fort Wayne, the news release said.
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