When the rock band Foreigner comes to play the Majestic Theater on Feb. 2, they’ll play one of their legendary hits accompanied by a group of talented local teenaged singers.
The Reagan High School Choir has been selected to perform “I Want to Know What Love Is” with the band in the sold-out show. The choir’s appearance is the result of Foreigner’s partnership with the Grammy Foundation. Together, their mission is to maintain and restore music education in North America's public schools, and raise awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's education.
Foreigner has been inviting school groups in cities the band has been visiting on its current tour. “They reached out to multiple high schools in area, and we were the first ones to say ‘yes’,” said Amanda Jeffries, Reagan choir director. It’s the first time the Reagan choir has been asked to perform alongside a world-famous musical group. “We as directors were excited right away, and once the students figured out who Foreigner was, they were very excited,” Jeffries said of her choir, which numbers 24 students.
Foreigner guitarist and founding member Mick Jones said in a press release that music is key aspect of the human experience, and that the band is proud to foster music’s evolution by engaging young singers and musicians. "As far as I'm concerned, music is not only the most powerful form of communication between the peoples of the world, it provides a gateway that opens up a fantastic new dimension of feeling and creativity,” Jones said in the release.
“Anything we can do to provide our young ones with the tools to express themselves through music, is our goal in this partnership.” As part of its charity initiative, Foreigner is donating $500 to the Reagan choir to use towards its music program. The band is making similar efforts with other student musical groups.
Choir members will sell copies of a Foreigner greatest hits CD set at the Majestic, before and after the concert. For $20, the buyer can purchase this live set that features all of the band’s classic hits and a raffle ticket that will enter them into a chance to win an autographed Foreigner guitar. The guitar will be raffled off at the concert’s end. CD sales proceeds will be donated to the Grammy Foundation program.
Foreigner has also been involved with other charities, such as the Red Cross, the Shriner's Children's Hospitals and the VH-1 Save the Music charity, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for these causes. Jeffries said the Reagan choir has seamlessly incorporated practice of the timeless Foreigner song into its daily class routine. She added the students are ecstatic about the opportunity.
“Oh my Gosh! I love them!” student Dylan Ebin recalled in his reaction. “Are you serious? We get to sing with Foreigner?” “When they told us we were singing for Foreigner, I was like this is so awesome. My Dad loves Foreigner,” said student Julianna Comstock.
7:30 pm - all ages