Music & Arts at Christ and Holy Trinity Church will host "An African Christmas" performance by the 25-member African Children's Choir at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the church, 75 Church Lane. A meet-the-artists reception will follow.

The choir will perform traditional African songs, carols and Christmas tunes to native dances from their home countries, according to a release.

The first choir

was formed in 1984 during Uganda's civil war by Ray Barnett, an Irish minister and human rights activist now living in Canada, who went to Uganda to help alleviate children's suffering.

Since then, more than 50,000 children have been helped by

the work of the choir, which trains select children for five months to tour worldwide. The money raised from touring funds their further education and that of many other children in Kenya, Uganda, Southern Sudan, Rwanda,

Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.

The choir has performed at the United Nations, Royal Albert Hall, the White House, Carnegie Hall and for U.S. presidents, the Queen of England and Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela.

They have appeared on many U.S. television shows, including

"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Good Morning America," "Ellen" and "American Idol."

Tickets are $35 for preferred seats, $25 for adults and $10 for children under 18. They may be purchased by calling 203-227-0827, visiting or at the door if seats are available.