Sources: MLive – By Brandon Champion | All Things Michael
WHITEHALL, MI — A talented group of young singers will pay tribute to “The King of Pop” at an upcoming concert in Whitehall.
The Mosaic Singers, a group of performers from the Detroit area, will perform several of Michael Jackson’s best-loved songs at the concert titled, “Make that Change: The Music of Michael Jackson.” The performance will be held at the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall at 7:30 p.m. on April 17.
Beth Beaman, managing director of the Howmet Playhouse, said the performance is one she’s very excited about.
“Once I looked into what Mosaic was doing to bring performance arts opportunities to students in Detroit, I knew we wanted to invite them to West Michigan to share their talents,” she said.
Founded by Rick Sperling in 1992 to address gaps in Metro Detroit’s arts education, more than 1,000 students from throughout the Metro Detroit are now participate in Mosaic Youth Theater’s ensemble, intermediate training programs and first stage programs each year.
The programs are designed to provide expert training, mentoring and opportunity to young actors, singers and stage technicians while fostering a culture of high expectations, active participation and acceptance that serves students in their lives beyond the stage.
“Our young artists master challenging traditional choral selections and immediately transition to the iconic Michael Jackson songs with full choreography,” Sperling said of the upcoming concert in a news release. “It’s a true showcase of their immense talent and we are thrilled to present this to the region.”
The ensemble will also perform a daytime concert performed for eighth and ninth grade students from Montague and Whitehall Public Schools. The performance titled “Speak for Yourself,” tackles subjects of race and prejudice and will include a talk-back with the performers.
Both performances are made possible through financial support of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the Michigan Humanities Council.
Tickets for each of these shows are $10 for adults and $5 for students. They are available at Whitehall City Hall or the door. Call 231-894-4048 or visit www.howmetplayhouse.org for more information.
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