Milwaukee 'Christmas Cantata' performance cancelled due to visa issues

NOW: Milwaukee ’Christmas Cantata’ performance cancelled due to visa issues

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The "Christmas Cantata," an internationally recognized performance, has cancelled its upcoming Milwaukee performance set for Miller High Life Theatre.

Visa complications prevented the South Korean-based Gracias Choir from entering the U.S. The group was scheduled to perform on Saturday, Sept. 16.

Aurora Kim, Director of the International Youth Fellowship, confirmed the news on Sunday, telling CBS 58, "With a heavy heart, we have to cancel our city tour because [the Gracias Choir] cannot come."

The choir, known for its blend of crowd-favorite carols and classical songs, aimed to convey "the true meaning of Christmas" during its nationwide tour. Originally slated to visit over two dozen American cities, the tour's cancellation comes as a significant setback.

The choir has performed in the U.S. in previous years but failed to secure visas this time around.

Admission to the now-cancelled performance was free, and donations were to be accepted. According to Kim, the organization hopes for future visa approvals to continue the tour at a later date.

For now, audiences must wait until next year for a chance to see the choir's performance.

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