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This weekend only: The soul of a city is honored in Singsation!

Singsation Mosaic Youth Theatre

Funk and soul music captures the heart of this city, and have been a big part of the sonic history of Detroit.

Singsation!: Mosaic Singers (more on the Mosaic Youth Theatre in a bit) is having a special engagement this Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Detroit Film Theatre.

“Our choral concerts will celebrate rich culture across various platforms of combined voices and will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of freedom songs from the southern civil rights movement,” said Mosaic Founder Rick Sperling.

Singsation! Dancers The group will be spotlighting music written by Allee Willis, who wrote songs for Earth, Wind and Fire and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin.

So who is the Mosaic Youth Theatre? The organization over the last 20 years has had a special mission. They look to empower young people to maximize their potential through professional performing arts training and the creation of theatrical and musical art that engages, transforms and inspires. Nearly 95% of the young artists who participate in Mosaic’s Main Stage Training Program graduate high school and go on to college. Many of those students also receive scholarships for their higher education..

Not only does Mosaic have a great mission, but they’re pretty talented. You have to be to open for John Legend, Al Green, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, The Temptations and Maya Angelou. They also have performed at the White House, at the Kennedy Center and have had the honor of performing for Presidents Clinton and Obama.

So want to see them for yourself? There are three shows this weekend. Friday night at 8pm, Saturday night at 8pm and Sunday afternoon’s show is at 4pm.

Tickets to the event at the Detroit Film Theatre (next to the Detroit Institute of Arts) are $22 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors with valid ID. They can also be purchased online at www.mosaicdetroit.org or at the DIA box office by calling (313) 833-4005. All shows are general admission. Children under five are not admitted.

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