April show­ers bring May choirs

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Con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion, 350 young voices will en­ter­tain au­di­ences of all ages at the an­nual spring con­cert “Singspi­ra­tion” pre­sented by the award-win­ning Young Singers of the Palm Beaches (YSPB). The con­cert will take place May 18 at 7 p.m. in Drey­foos Hall at the Kravis Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts.

Re­hearsals oc­cur weekly, in­clud­ing a com­bi­na­tion of choir prac­tice, chore­og­ra­phy and train­ing. Singers are di­vided into five dif­fer­ent choirs based on grade level and skill, while ed­u­cated and sea­soned vo­cal in­struc­tors con­duct each choir.

“I was so ex­cited when I au­di­tioned for and made it into YSPB,” notes one 7th grade choir mem­ber. “Be­ing part of the choir is a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun, and know­ing that I get to per­form in huge con­certs makes me re­ally proud of my­self.”

The song pro­gram for the up­com­ing con­cert will in­clude tra­di­tional cho­ral pieces, feel-good fa­vorites like “Happy,” songs from Broad­way, a trip back to the ’70s with se­lec­tions from Earth, Wind & Fire and the Jack­son 5, and more. The Men of Young Singers have a spe­cial treat pre­pared for Star Wars and sci-fi fans, and the youngest mem­bers of the choir will de­light in a cos­tumed, chore­ographed, Broad­way-based num­ber.

“Ev­ery con­cert is a new and ex­cit­ing cre­ation,” noted Young Singers’ ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Beth Clark. “But this spring we are re­ally bring­ing some­thing for ev­ery taste and ev­ery age group to the stage. I know our con­cert will be talked about for weeks, and those who miss it will be sad they did.” The more than 350 young singers per­form­ing in “Singspi­ra­tion” come from all parts of the county’s di­verse racial, eth­nic, ge­o­graphic and so­cio-eco­nomic com­mu­ni­ties. Each singer em­braces the op­por­tu­nity to learn and per­form high cal­iber cho­ral mu­sic in the pro­fes­sional set­ting of the Kravis Cen­ter. Pre­sent­ing spon­sor is PNC Bank.

Tick­ets start at $10 and can be pur­chased by call­ing the Kravis Cen­ter box of­fice at 561-832-7469 or vis­it­ing www.kravis.org.

Young Singers of the Palm Beaches has been ac­tively en­ter­tain­ing Palm Beach County with song and pro­fes­sional con­certs for more than 10 years. Among the ben­e­fits to their singers, YSPB pro­vides schol­ar­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties, pos­i­tive in­flu­ence and strives to build life skills through mu­sic.

For per­for­mance and au­di­tion in­for­ma­tion, call 561-659-2332 or visit www.yspb.org.

Pho­tos by Gina Fon­tana

Sayde King, left, Don­dre Tuck and Jes­sica Low­ell

Craig Car­rier, left, and Matt Pennestri

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