A champagne reception honored VIPs and sponsors of “Winter Tapestry 2012” just before the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches took the main stage of the Kravis Center for its 10th anniversary holiday extravaganza.
Featuring professional lighting, choreography, sound, staging and more, the holiday concert was a sell-out success. Six different Young Singers of the Palm Beaches choirs met weekly throughout the school year to prepare for their separate and full group performances.
“Ten short years ago, 65 kids gathered in the Sunday school classrooms at United Methodist Church, and the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches was born,” Young Singers of the Palm Beaches Chairman Hank Gonzalez said. “Two thousand young people have since graced us with their presence over these past 10 inspiring years. I want to thank my fellow board members, our foundation, our incomparable staff, our families, our volunteers, our sponsors, our donors and especially Beth Clark, executive director, and Shawn Berry, artistic director.”
Winter Tapestry sponsors included Gold Coast Federal Credit Union, RH Trust, Kelly’s Angels Elder Care, Sabadell Bank, Lesser, Lesser, Landy and Smith, the Honda Classic, Palm Beach County and Mr. and Mrs. Brian Hanley.
The community-based children’s choir has evolved into a world-class, award-winning troupe of youth singers who have not only performed at concerts all over Palm Beach County, but also at Lincoln Center in New York City, with Native Americans in New Mexico, and at international music festivals in Salzburg and Vienna.
The 10th anniversary celebration will continue with an annual spring concert, “Ubuntu,” on May 19. Also to be held at the Kravis Center, tickets will start at $10. At a time when even neighbors might be strangers, “Ubuntu” is a South African concept illustrating the connectivity of humanity. The performance will be highlighted by an original song of the same name with its world premiere at the concert.
A multiracial, multicultural arts education organization based centrally in Palm Beach County, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches’ enrollment for the 2012-13 choir season is composed of singers in grades 3 to 12 from all parts of the county’s diverse racial, ethnic, geographic and socio-economic communities. For performance and audition information, call the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches at (561) 659-2332 or visit www.yspb.org.
Above: Tom, Clare and Beth Johnston.