On Saturday, April 26, a Fort Wayne inner city youth ministry will
come to life on the stage of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. The
World Champion Voices of Unity Youth Choir will explode onto our stage
in a concert of positive musical energy. This is the finale of the
Community Concert Series this year; one that started with a hugely
successful Debby Boone concert in October and now culminates on April 26
with this magnificent show!
The Voices of Unity Youth Choir is
Unity’s acclaimed Youth Choral Program. It is their premier soulful
choral group comprised of young people ages 7 to 19 from various
backgrounds in the Fort Wayne community and beyond. One of their members
this year is Van Wert’s very own, James DeFore.
The youth choir
is one of just many facets of this performing arts organization
established in 2000 by founder, leader and music director, Marshall
White. The purpose of the organization is to empower and develop young
people in the areas of character, artistry, and leadership.
The focus is on soulful art forms through education, training, and
entertainment in the areas of choral music, dance, drama, creative
writing, oratory, and instrumental music. Their core values include
quality, equality, integrity, accountability, and respect. Those who
know or have experienced Voices of Unity are well aware of its success
in transforming lives in a very positive way.
If you have never
experienced a Voices of Unity Youth Choir performance, get ready for a
night of soulful inspiration and mega-entertainment! Much of their show
they are bringing to the Niswonger will feature tributes to Michael
Jackson and Whitney Houston.
I had the opportunity to see the show
earlier this year and it is full of energy, talent, and inspiration.
Not only do the kids sing and dance well, they also inspire you with
their respect and excellence in behavior and professionalism.
You may be aware that they took gold medal honors at the World Choir
Games held in Shaoxing, China in 2011 and returned in 2012 to the World
Choir Games in Cincinnati and received gold medals in Popular Choral
Music and Gospel categories. They have performed the National Anthem for
the Indianapolis Colts and performed with John Mellencamp and Stephen
Stills at the opening celebration at Lucas Oil Stadium. They have backed
up other performers such as Roberta Flack, Josh Groban and two years
ago appeared on our stage with Livingston Taylor, where they brought the
house down in a big finale with Livingston’s hit Gospel song, “Step by
There’s no mistake that the heart and soul of this choir
and the entire Unity Program is its leader, Marshall White. White is a
divinely inspired person whose heart is all about youth and making them
successful in life through life-changing experiences. The concert we
present on April 26 at the Niswonger will be just one more step in that
direction. Marshall tells the kids, “To those who use well what they are
given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance.” (I
believe someone else made this statement many years ago. We now have
holidays that celebrate His birthday and His resurrection.) We will have
the opportunity to experience this talented group of youth on Saturday
night at 7:30 on April 26.
We will also be unveiling our new
2014-15 Community Concert lineup. It will be an exciting night once
again at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center. Get your tickets now!
Easter to all. I trust you enjoy a good celebration at one of our local
churches this Sunday as we celebrate in Word and song that He is risen!