Praise Celebration 2015
Unity Performing Arts Foundation and Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Presents: Praise Celebration 2015.
Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 6:00 PM at the IPFW Rhinehart Music Center.
Featuring, The world champion gold medal winning Voices of Unity Youth Choir and special guest soloists from churches throughout the city and region, under the direction of Marshall White.
Praise Celebration is a unique concert series in Fort Wayne that is ‘bringing mainstream church music to the arts community!’ The purpose of this concert series is to create a community arts platform for mainstream church music to be showcased in a public setting outside of the church.
Local worship singers performing in this year’s concert include:
1. Pastor Gary Bush, Sr. of Abundant Love Church;
2. Pastor Cedric Cheatham, New Horizon Baptist Church;
3. Tamyra Kelly, Greater Mount Avarat Church;
4. Lindsey Kramer, Pathway Community Church;
5. GorDon Martin, Imani Baptist Temple;
6. Jordan Applegate, Heartland Church, Indianapolis, IN,
7. Gordon Miller, Fellowship Church;
8. Wayne Starks, Dallas, TX.;
9. Sonya Wheatcraft, Branches of Christ; and
10. Mikki White, New Covenant Worship Center.
Ticket prices are as follows: $16.00 for adults, $11.00 for senior citizens, and $10.00 for students age 12 and over. We will collecting canned goods during this concert to donate to the Harvest Food Bank. If you bring a canned good for each child under age 12 you bring to the concert, they will be admitted FREE!
This new concept has been well received by the “City of Churches”, boasting record audience participation over the past three years, when this concert series (Praise Celebration) began. Marshall White, founder and CEO of UNITY, and the director and life coach for Voices of Unity Youth Choir has conducted January concerts for the past 12 years. The first ten-year series was dubbed “Soulful Holiday Celebration”, mixing spiritual and holiday sounds into an energized musical production. White features renowned musicians such as Lance Tolbert (Los Angeles, CA), Walter Smith (Indianapolis, IN), and Derek Reeves, Fort Wayne, IN.
This year’s concert spearheads a year planned with incredible opportunities for the youth involved with this organization. This year the choir has experienced some life-changing opportunities such as, In April, they headlined at Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio; in June they traveled to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall in the American Music Performance Nationals for High School & Youth Choirs; and in July they participated in the 8th World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia. To say the experience of being a member of this organization is invigorating and life changing would be an understatement.
“Some of these children will never leave the city, if not given these opportunities”, says White. “We are providing tangible life lessons by exposing children to real life in the real world.” He states that their motto is “Excellence and nothing less”. “Our children are excellent ambassadors for the city of Fort Wayne and a monument of pride for the community”.
Ticket prices are: $16.00 for adults, $11.00 for senior citizens and students, and $6.00 for all children 12 years or younger. We will collecting canned goods during this concert to donate to the Harvest Food Bank. Children bringing canned goods to the concert will be admitted FREE! Tickets may be purchased online at: http://www.upaf.com
Concert also made possible in part by: