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April 19, 2013

Swampscott student sings at healing service


Later that day, the chorus got the call to perform before the president at the interfaith healing service. That meant getting up at 6 a.m., heading over to the Boston Children’s Chorus office, going to the cathedral, then going through security, Khamari said.

“Of course, everyone was excited to do that,” Khamari said about the performance.

He has sung with the chorus, which was launched in 2003, for five years. The chorus has a mission to unite the city’s diverse communities through music, and it has 450 singers that represent 50 of Boston’s urban and suburban neighborhoods, with 11 choirs in four Boston locations, according to the group’s website.

“There was a feeling we really wanted to represent the communities well,” Khamari said. The chorus also wanted to help people deal with the horrific events on Monday through music. “We wanted to be a support system.”

The chance to perform in front of the president was tempered by the thought that it was the result of what had happened.

“It came up in the group,” Khamari said. “We would rather not have it happen at all.”

The ballad, he said, reflected the mood of the service. It’s a slow and sorrowful song, but it also comes with an uplifting message at the end.

Chorus members knew they had a heavy responsibility to represent the city well, Khamari said.

“We were all so anxious to do it,” he said.

Staff writer Ethan Forman can be reached at 978-338-2673, by email at or on Twitter at @DanverSalemNews.

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