They sing. They dance. They are a singsation and represent some of the best talent in Detroit.
Come July the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s internationally acclaimed Mosaic Singers will take their show on the road and show their stuff when they compete in World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia.
They’ll take on nearly 500 choirs from 60 countries that have registered to compete in the 8th World Choir Games July 9-19. It is the world’s largest choir competition and is known as the “Olympics for Choirs.” About 20,000 singers from all over the world are expected to participate. Mosaic will take 26 young artists and four chaperones on the trip.
These kids really get around. The Mosaic Singers have performed in more than 25 states, at The White House and The Kennedy Center. Internationally, they have represented the United States at the World Festival of Children’s Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark, performed at The Millennium Dome in London England and participated in cultural exchanges with Dakar, Senegal and Singapore.
Travel is terrific but being part of the Mosaic team is so much more. It transforms their lives whether they go into the arts or not. Many of the alumni are doctors, lawyers, social workers and much more. One of the alumni, Malaya Watson, just made the top 10 on the current American Idol.
The group was also featured on a recent Live in the D segment on WDIV.
The World Choir Games will be one of the highlights of the European Capital of Culture 2014 in Riga. Each year the European Commission choses two cities as European Capitals of Culture. Riga and Umeå, Sweden, share the title this year.
The event will feature a major concert showcasing the thousands of singers at “Mežaparks,” a neighborhood in North Central Riga. The park, built in the early 20th century, was one of the world’s first garden cities. It hosts the Latvian Song and Dance Festival in late July every four years.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the Mosaic Singers of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit,” said Andris Razans, ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the USA and Mexico. “I am particularly very happy that you are coming from Michigan – a state with which. Latvia has a long-lasting and deep cooperation. I wish you all success in the World Choir Games.”
While in Latvia, the choir will also perform in public friendship concerts and will make a side trip to Vilnius, Lithuania, for additional performances.
Strategic Staffing Solutions (S3) is providing the resources for the Mosaic Singers’ trip to the competition. S3 has an office in Riga, Latvia, as well as one in Vilnius, Lithuania.
“We want the world to know what tremendous talent we have in Detroit,” said Cindy Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. “The Mosaic Singers are a wonderful example of that talent. They will compete with some of the best choirs in the world and I know they will do so with the same passion for success we have in Detroit and at S3.”