The Gracias Choir brings the holiday celebration early to Detroit with the acclaimed Christmas Cantata. Free and open to the public of all communities, the concert performance is Tuesday, Sept. 17, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.
Details from Gracias Choir:
International Youth Fellowship in Michigan (IYF MI), a nonprofit organization working to invest in the emotional and mental wellness in young people through extracurricular activities, fine arts, and volunteerism, will host the 9th annual Gracias Christmas Cantata, the international-acclaimed Gracias Choir’s flagship performance, for free at the Fox Theatre on Tuesday, September 17th. (www.graciaschoir.org).
“When people think about Christmas, they think about presents, family reunions, and precious moments. We wish to bring that same warmth to Detroit a little early this year” said Terry Henderson, the global spokesperson for the Choir.
This year marks the 9th year that the Choir has visited Detroit with the Cantata. The Gracias Christmas Cantata will be touring 28 North American cities in 31 days. Venues where the choir will be performing will include the Orlando Magic’s Amway Center, the Alaska Center for Performing Arts in Anchorage, and the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Over 135,000 people are expected to attend this musical event across North America this year.
“Gracias Choir believes in the power of music to change people,” continued Terry Henderson. “To them, music gives hope to listeners who may be feeling down on their luck. With societal problems on the rise, we are witnessing how the performing arts are playing a part in calming the turmoil. The Gracias Choir wishes to be in the forefront of a musical movement to soothe souls, change minds, and help people navigate their life onto a constructive path.”
Founded in 2000, Gracias Choir has won numerous international choral competitions since their inception: the grand prize at the 13th Concorso Corale Internazionale Riva del Garda in Italy, the first prize at the Montreux Choral Festival in Switzerland, and the first prize of the 14th Marktoberdorf Choral Competition in Germany, one of the premier chamber choral competitions of the world. The choir has also performed at some of the most recognized venues in the world including the Sydney Opera House in Australia, Mandela National Stadium in Uganda, and Madison Square Garden.