Local singer Lizzy Shay joins Grammy winner for concert
FRISCO – When Lizzy Shay was a little kid, she used to walk around the house singing. By the time she was 7, her family decided to do something about it and took her to the Colorado Children’s Chorale for auditions. Today, Shay is 14 years old and, apart from attending Summit Middle School, she goes to choir rehearsals twice a week in Englewood. “I love singing with the chorale. I met a lot of cool friends there. Plus, I gain a lot of self-confidence,” she said. When she grows up, she wants to be an opera singer … or a doctor. She thinks “that would be fun too.” She loves music and listens to a lot of different kinds: from Jack Johnson and Five for Fighting to Britney Spears (though she doesn’t like to admit it).
“Singing with the chorale has made me appreciate a lot of different types of music,” she said. The Colorado Children’s Chorale was founded in 1974, with 50 children. Thirty years later, it has grown from that first group to five different choirs and an extensive outreach program, which trains the voices and captures the imaginations of thousands of children a year. This past year was a big one for the group. Apart from touring around the country and Colorado, one of the divisions of the Colorado Children’s Chorale, the National Tour Choir, traveled to China for 18 days and 11 performances. “It was the most amazing experience of my life,” Shay said.To celebrate this very exciting year for the children, the Colorado Children’s Chorale is presenting a show with five-time Grammy winner Michael McDonald. The concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 3 at the Universal Lending Pavilion in Denver.
“We will be singing ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ and ‘The Power of Love’ with Michael McDonald,” Shay said. McDonald started his career in the Doobie Brothers, then worked with Steely Dan, and later became a renowned solo soul artist. For VIP tickets and sponsorships, call the Chorale at (303) 892-5600. All other tickets are on sale through Ticketmaster at (303) 830-8497. For more information, visit http://www.childrenschorale.org or http://www.ticketmaster.com.
What: Chorale performanceWho: Colorado Children’s Choral and Michael McDonaldWhere: Universal Lending Pavilion, DenverWhen: Friday, June 3Tickets: available through Ticketmaster. Call (303) 830-8497 or visit http://www.ticketmaster.com
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