Foreigner Joined Onstage by Dallas Youth Choir: Exclusive Photos
Here's an exclusive gallery of photographs by Joel Winburne from Foreigner's rousing on-stage performance of "I Want to Know What Love Is" with the choir from Dallas' Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Click through to see the group performing with Foreigner on July 23 at Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Youth choirs have been joining Foreigner as part of a program sponsored with the Grammy Foundation to encourage school music programs. Foreigner works closely with regional high school groups, then invites the youngsters to join them in concert.
"As far as I'm concerned, music is not only the most powerful form of communication between the peoples of the world," founding Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones says. "It provides a gateway that opens up a fantastic new dimension of feeling and creativity. Anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves through music, is our goal in this partnership."
Foreigner directs funds raised from compact disc sales to these local choirs and the Grammy Foundation; so far, the band has donated more than $600,000 toward these and other children's causes. For instance, Foreigner donated $10,000 to the Cherokee National Youth Choir late last year, recognizing the group's public service announcement on the importance of music in schools. They were likewise invited to back Foreigner on "I Want to Know What Love Is" at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Okla.
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