Last November, Kristine Tran strolled through the La Jolla Open Aire Farmer’s Market with her $5 fresh-squeezed orange juice, as she does most Sunday mornings, when a sound pierced her routine and transformed her life.
“I never heard anything so beautiful,” said Tran, who stood transfixed at the field at La Jolla Elementary School.
The irresistible drums and singing emanated from the Matsiko World Orphan Choir, a group of about 20 kids from all over the world providing what most other shoppers for produce and trinkets considered background music.
The children perform in public places through the International Children’s Network, trying to garner American sponsors. Tran...