'Grand Night' is a Massive Community Collaboration

May 10, 2016
'Grand Night' is a Massive Community Collaboration

What do you get when you combine 350 talented youth, over 100 adult community choir members, and the new digital organ at the Kravis Center? You get 'A Grand Night For Singing!'  

The audience will be wowed by the “grand” event coming to the Kravis Center on May 22nd. The award-winning children’s choir, Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, takes to the stage for their Spring concert performance, “It’s A Grand Night For Singing.” To make the evening even more grand, they welcome to their stage adult community choirs: Masterworks Chorus and Ebony Chorale. Additionally, the Kravis Center’s George W. Mergens Memorial Organ will be played for only the second time since its installation at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. The organ, a Marshall & Ogletree Opus 11 Digital Organ, was premiered in March, played by world-renowned Cameron Carpenter. Palm Beach County’s own, Harold E. Pysher, master organist at Bethesda-by-the-Sea, will be playing the organ for this concert. 

The concert, under the direction of Artistic Director and Young Singers’ Co-Founder, D. Shawn Berry, will feature over 350 members of the Young Singers’ six choirs, ranging in age from 8 to 18. The other community choirs joining the Young Singers on stage are The Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches, directed by Orville Lawton; and the Masterworks Chorus, directed by Ken Taylor. This is a truly historical event. Not only will the concert feature the new George W. Mergens Memorial Organ, but never before have three inter-generational choirs come together like this.

Come enjoy the Young Singers’ Cantate and Men’s choirs as they join voices with The Ebony Chorale and The Masterworks Chorus performing The Battle Hymn of The Republic and Lift Every Voice for Freedom. A more-than-grand finale will feature over 450 inter-generational voices as they perform Mack Wilberg’s Anthem of Peace. It will truly be a grand night for singing!

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