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Highlands Youth Ensemble serves up 'Blast from Past'

Submitted by Jane Morison • Jan 18, 2019 at 4:44 PM

The Highlands Youth Ensemble, the premier high school choir of the Mountain Empire Children’s Choral Academy, will perform its 13th annual Valentine Cabaret at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Gregory Center on the Milligan College campus, and again at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11 at Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

The talented young performers will present “Blast from the Past” with a Cabaret show, a dessert reception, a silent auction with gift baskets, and a raffle. The dessert reception and silent auction begin one hour before show time each day.

MECCA Artistic Director Jane Morison says, “the title says it all!”

“You will be treated to songs from yesteryear, with some particularly good ‘stops’ in the favorite decades of our audience. Don’t be surprised to hear a song from your high school or college days, along with some great Broadway hits, and maybe even some TV or movie themes that will make you sing along!” Morison said.

Morison also recommends patrons make sure to bring their checkbooks or credit cards for the silent auction/raffle.

“HYE’s Valentine Cabaret is MECCA’s biggest fundraiser of the year. Our supporters are so generous, both in donations of items to auction, and in support of all our programs. Our event grows every year, and this year’s will be bigger and better than ever!” she said.

Tickets prices vary, depending on the venue, and seating is limited so reservations are strongly encouraged. To make reservations, visit HYECabaret.org.

Past Highlands Youth Ensemble honors include performances at the American Choral Directors Southern Division Conference (2016), the Festival of the Aegean in Greece (2014) and Carnegie Hall (2006, 2010, 2016); participation in the International Chamber Choir competition in Pécs, Hungary (2007); and hosting an International Folksong Exchange (2008).

HYE has collaborated with the Symphony of the Mountains, the Voices of the Mountains, The Civic Chorale and the Johnson City Symphony, and has been invited to sing for the Candlelight Christmas Evenings at the Biltmore Estate for the past 16 years. They annually send singers to honor choirs at the district, regional, state and national levels, and count many Governor’s School (both Tennessee and Virginia) designees in their number. HYE singers are consistently awarded the most prestigious scholarships, both in music and academics, at colleges and universities.

To learn more about the Highlands Youth Ensemble and Mountain Empire Children's Choral Academy, visit www.meccacademy.org.

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