Volunteering in Sing for Hope’s programs is a touchstone in my artistic life. It reconnects me with the way our music can elevate and communicate, heart-to-heart. Sing for Hope reminds me of what power we have, as artists, to heal and to help. – Lester Lynch, Baritone (Sing for Hope Artist since 2007)
Earlier this month, SING FOR HOPE was delighted to welcome the renowned American baritone LESTER LYNCH, together with THE YOUNG PEOPLE’S CHORUS OF NEW YORK CITY, for a special concert of Great American Spirituals celebrating Black History Month. The free concert (with donations at the door benefitingÂ SING FOR HOPE’S PROGRAMS THAT BRING THE ARTS TO 16,000 NYC YOUTHÂ ANNUALLY) attracted a standing-room-only crowdÂ to the historic Christ Church at 524 Park Avenue at East 60th Street. The enthusiastic and diverse audience included Sing for Hope students, general musicÂ fans, and classical music luminaries such as MARILYN HORNE, whose presence elicited a special tribute from Mr. Lynch. Listeners reveled inÂ traditional favorites such as My Lord What a Morning, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, Didn’t My Lord Deliver, and Kumbaya, all of which are included on MR. LYNCH’S ACCLAIMED NEW SOLO ALBUM, ,ON MY JOURNEY NOW, released by PENTATONE earlier this month. Mr. Lynch, whose rich baritone and charismatic portrayals have won him recognition in the world’s leading opera houses and concert halls, has been a Sing for Hope volunteer for nearly a decade. During the concert, he spoke movingly about his commitment to Sing for Hope’s arts outreach mission, and also about the vital role of the Great American Spirituals in our country’s musical treasury. In his words, ,These songs have had a profound effect on American history, and it is my hope that they will spark the light of freedom anew for every listener. Mr. Lynch was joined in the concert by pianist JOEL MARTIN, IGOR PIKAYZEN, YOTAM BEN-OR, Cristian Garcia, Frank W. Malloy III, FRANK W. MALLOY IV, Atse Theodros, and other leading chamber musicians, and by the Young Peopleâ€™s Chorus of New York City, the award-winning multicultural chorus founded in 1988 by Artistic Director FRANCISCO J. NAŞA±EZ, widely known for its superb virtuosity and brilliant showmanship.HeartfeltÂ thanks to the wonderful Nicolle Foland, Lisa Delan, and the Pentatone teamÂ for their vision, expertise, and generosity in making this concert possible. CLICK HERE IF YOU’D LIKE TO JOIN LESTER LYNCH AND THE MORE THAN 2,000Â GENEROUS ARTISTS WHO SHARE THEIR TIME AND TALENT IN SING FOR HOPE’S PROGRAMS.CLICK HERE IF YOU’D LIKE TO SUPPORT SING FOR HOPE’S PROGRAMS THAT BRING THE UPLIFTING POWER OF THE ARTS TO YOUNG PEOPLE IN NEED.CLICK HERE TOÂ PURCHASE LESTER LYNCH’S ACCLAIMED NEW SOLO ALBUM ON THE PENTATONE LABEL, “ON MY JOURNEY NOW.
Internationally acclaimed baritone Lester Lynch, who has volunteered in Sing for Hope’s programs for nearly a decade, is joined after the concert by student fans and friends from Sing for Hope’s programs. Opera royalty in the house: Lester shares a post-concert hug with legendary mezzo Marilyn Horne. Students feeling elegant and excited before the concert!
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