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The Matsiko World Orphan Choir!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017.    TIME: 7:30 pm     COST:Love Offering

Hear the joy.  See the hope.  Feel the love.

Matsiko (which means “hope”)  is the flagship vehicle of the International Children’s Network (ICN), a 501c3, charitable organization.    Participants in the choir are auditioned annually and are selected from a pool of hundreds of children after which they leave their home nations to travel to the U.S. where they embark on a one-year tour,  singing and dancing, seeking sponsorship, and raising awareness of the plight of the world’s orphaned and at-risk children.

The  choir is currently made up of 26 children: 6 from Peru, 3 from India, 10 from Liberia and 7 from Nepal.   Their ages range from 9 to 17.   With their contagious energy and zeal and powerful presentation of original songs, cultural dances and multimedia testimony,  they capture the hearts of all who hear their hope-filled messages.

In addition to appearing at churches, civic groups, universities, and other public/private schools around the country, Matsiko  has also appeared at the likes of  Disneyland and even Rose Bowl games.

Per Jeffrey/March 2012/Disneyland:    I sponsored a child in the very first Matsiko Choir.  I am so glad they are still changing the world one song at a time.  (a 2013 performance).   (a 2016 performance)

We are very excited about this concert/performance.   Please come on over to “the dome” and join us in  Hearing the Joy.  Seeing the hope. Feeling the love.




Songwriters seem to flourish on the fertile Oklahoma plains. Woody Guthrie, Roger Miller, Leon Russell, J.J. Cale and Jimmy Webb. Add Verlon Thompson to that list.
Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in Oklahoma). Along the way Verlon Thompson compositions have been recorded by Jimmy Buffett and Alan Jackson, Anne Murray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Trisha Yearwood and many more. Equally important in his songwriting and live performances, Verlon’s guitar work cannot go unnoticed. His guitar can be heard on recordings by Restless Heart, Pam Tillis, and many more, including, and especially Guy Clark.
Verlon has co-produced Guy Clark’s Grammy nominated cd “Cold Dog Soup” as well as “The Dark”, “Workbench Songs” and “Somedays the Song Writes You”.
As the in-house musician for Genuine Human Productions (
) Thompson scores themes and background music for documentaries and special film projects. Verlon Thompson is currently on the road. Or in the studio. Or writing in his bunkhouse on the river in Tennessee…   but never far from the fertile plains of Oklahoma.



Songs of Joy, Hope and Freedom

A well-traveled performer, lecturer and cultural ambassador, Reggie has earned wide acclaimed and respect from peers and audiences alike throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and around the world. He combines spirituals and roots music, historic inspiration, and moving original songs, often in the themes of unity and social justice. Knowing this, audiences have bestowed upon him a fitting slogan: “Songs of Joy, Hope, and Freedom.”


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The “Concerts in the UU Dome” series has been ongoing since 1996. Your continued support of the concerts is much appreciated. Here’s to the next 20 years! 



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