Niños Cantores de Morelia
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US Tour (1954)

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Niños Cantores de Morelia in Town Hall, New York (1954)

THE CHOIR and staff made their first visit to the United States in 1954 when they travelled by special bus through some fifty cities. The boys saw their first snow fall in Oklahoma City, braved their first below-zero weather in North Dakota, had worn their first overcoats and were forced to replace their berets for their first fur-lined caps in Minneapolis. As they continued to travel in snow for hundreds of miles, they wondered how people could live "on top of all this ice". Then they began to shake their heads in bewilderment that anyone would live where it was so cold when in Mexico it was always spring. Yet not. a boy caught cold or missed a concert because of illness.

The boys were sightseers as well as visiting artists. They toured historical monuments and great industrial plants. They visited the famous administration building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, of the S. C. Johnson Wax Company in Racine, Wisconsin. They saw Niagara Falls, an American circus in Louisville, the skyscrapers of New York, and a Mardi Gras celebration in Mobile. They became enthusiastic fans of American cowboy movies, ice cream and marshmallows. They collected picture postcards, matchcovers and three-colored ball point pens. They carried their own bottle of tabasco sauce because American food was "not hot enough". They were just boys on a long trip.

Wherever these 'little boys with the big music" went last year - and go on the present tour - they make a great impression not only with their singing, but also with their shy manner and warm and friendly smiles. Although the boys speak no English, they are always able to communicate in the language everyone understands - the warmth and friendliness of a little boy.

The Niños Cantores de Morelia are the most effective ambassadors of good-will that Mexico has ever sent north of the border.

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