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Join special guest Quvenzhané Wallis (Annie, Lemonade, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Blackish), members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Boston Children’s Chorus, and special guests to celebrate the music of Aline Shader with arrangements for 15-piece big band, youth chorus, and special guests by Carlos Henriquez (bassist with Wynton Marsalis, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra).
This promises to be a memorable afternoon of timeless, uplifting lyrics and lilting melodies with the big-band sound. Guest soloists include Julie Silver, Kate Taylor, Kemp Harris, Joel Esher, Fiona Brown, and many others. Berklee College of Music students Bastien Rieser, Jonathan Gaelen, and Samuel Rowley also will perform.
Shader (1936–2002) was a beloved composer and drama teacher in Newton, Massachusetts, and an artist-in-residence at Boston-area schools. She loved the sound of young voices, the smiles on young faces, and the joy that comes from singing together.
All ticket sales benefit Reach Out & Read, a nonprofit dedicated to giving young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care. Authors Wallis, Karen Jacobs, and Ty Allan Jackson will host a small book festival in the lobby.