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Fresno City College City Singers safe in France

The Fresno City College Singers ensemble is safe in France after carnage in Nice.
The Fresno City College Singers ensemble is safe in France after carnage in Nice. Special to The Bee

News of the horrific events in Nice, France, is likely rattling friends and family of members of the Fresno City College City Singers, which is on a two-week tour to the south of France.

Everyone is safe.

The ensemble is scheduled to end its trip in Nice later in the month.

“It is 1:30 a.m. here, so I will decide what our next step will be in the morning,” said conductor Julie Dana, who was reached Thursday via Facebook. “We are saddened to hear of this horrible event, but are happy, have sore feet, and are moving on to our next adventure.”

The 25-member ensemble departed from Fresno Tuesday for the two-week tour, and on Thursday was in Paris. On Friday the members are traveling by high-speed train to Montpellier in the south of France, about 200 miles from Nice.

The group is one of four international ensembles to perform in the Festival Choral International en Aveyron and plans to perform in various villages in the region.

“We will do what we came to do – to spread peace to this country that has welcomed us here,” Dana said. “Today we were allowed to sing in the Cathedral of Notre Dame. The entire cathedral became still as folks gathered around us in a spectacular moment that changed us forever. We hope to have many more moments like this in the days to come.”

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