The Serendipity Chorale of Southwestern Connecticut, a multicultural singing group, will perform in the Town Hall Auditorium Friday April 29 at 11:30 a.m. as part of the YWCA's Stand Against Racism ceremony.

They will be followed by First Selectman Dave Campbell, who will recite the Pledge Against Racism. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk and additional community groups also will participate in the event.

The Serendipity Chorale was formed in 1976 by Gigi Van Dyke and has performed with civil rights activist and folk legend Pete Seeger, pop singer Andy Williams, opera singer Betty Jones, and the Norwalk Symphony, among others. In 2000, the Chorale was honored by then Governor Jodi Rell as a "Connecticut Treasure." Peter Jennings and CBS recognized Van Dyke and the chorale in 1998 for its "service to all mankind." The group will perform several traditional songs. The public is invited to participate in the free event and, if desired, sing along with the Chorale.

"I am impressed with Gigi's commitment to the power of music to transform lives. I am thrilled that the Chorale will lend their voices to this year's second annual Stand Against Racism," said YWCA interim executive director Nancy Coughlin.

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Stand Against Racism is a national initiative to celebrate diversity and promote peace and tolerance. Over 300,000 individuals nationwide are expected to participate in this year's Stand events on Friday April 29, 2011. For more information about this event, contact the YWCA Darien/Norwalk by calling 203-655-2535 or visiting, or