When Taylor Ivey was 12 she attended her first Mosaic singers concert and longed to be on stage.
“The singing and dancing were phenomenal. I absolutely loved it and wanted to be a part of it,” she said.
The Renaissance High School senior will take the stage with the choir in “Dance to the Music: Mosaic Singers in Concert,” March 4-6 at the Detroit Music Hall.
“This experience has been one of a kind. We come from different neighborhoods, and it’s wonderful that we can come together to share our passion for music and performing. We are all excited about our upcoming show,” said the 17-year-old daughter of gospel singer David Ivey. She has been with Mosaic for five years.
The two hour concert is divided into two acts. The first act is a traditional choral concert with students adorned in gowns and tuxedos singing spirituals, vocal jazz and World Music showcasing the 40 singers’ harmonies.
The second act is a choreographed pop concert that pays tribute to dance music from the ’60s up to current day featuring such songs as “Do You Love Me” by The Contours and “Vogue” by Madonna.
“It’s an incredible amount of fun, very energetic, and it is music, people of all generations can dance to,” said Rick Sperling, president and founding artistic director of Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.
This marks the 24th season of Mosaic, which hopes to empower youth to maximize their potential through performing arts training. The Detroit-based organization has both an acting and singing company.
The concert singers, ages 13-18, come from schools throughout Metro Detroit, including Cass Tech, Grosse Pointe North and Chandler Park Academy. Members must pass auditions and participate in a rigorous training and performance schedule.
“Mosaic has been a hidden gem for many years in Detroit, but not so much anymore. People are seeing the stars of tomorrow,” Sperling said.
Mosaic has performed before Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. And they have been thrust into the spotlight through a couple of choir alumni. One former member, Malaya Watson, made it to the final eight on last season of “American Idol,” Eryn Allen Kane is featured on an album by rock star Prince, and gospel singer Clifton Ross made it to the finals on BET’s “Sunday Best,” Sperling said.
Last fall, the choir toured with Josh Groban during the Midwest portion of his tour and was featured on the live acoustic album of the rock band Foreigner. The group also has opened for Aretha Franklin and Harry Belafonte.
One supporter, Edna Sims of Detroit, said, “They have an incredible range of talent. I came to see my neighbor’s son perform in their concert last year when they did a tribute to Michael Jackson. I was blown away. They may be children but they can hold their own against any artist playing at the Fox.”
Delores Flynn is a Royal Oak based freelance writer.
Pepsi and Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit Present
Dance to the Music: Mosaic Singers in Concert
When: Fri. 10 a.m. student matinee performance, Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m.
Where: Music Hall, 350 Madison, Detroit
Price: $24 for adults, $18 for seniors and full-time students (ID), $15 for ages 5-17. Premium seats are an additional $10 and subject to availability.