Are you free Monday nights? Soothe your spirit with inspiration from ´Til Dawn, whose members are finding innovative ways to express themselves on the virtual stage.
Through Sept. 14, the young artists are joining together in mini-arts showcases, performing original songs, leading virtual yoga flows, juggling, movement, cooking and more. The artistry happens on Zoom from 6:40 p.m.
´Til Dawn Director Austin Willacy
, who also performs as a solo artist and as a member of The House Jacks
, said he wanted to find a way to have an end-of-the-year celebration since the group’s regular spring concert was cancelled because of COVID-19.
“These young people have been working really hard, both at being both a really supportive community during this uncertain time and at finding alternate ways to express themselves as artists and creatives,” Austin said. “These showcases provide a way to get to know the members individually. There’s a lot of hidden talent we’ve discovered.”
The Youth in Arts’ a cappella ensemble has 13 performers. Each showcase features two or three members at a time. At the first Aug. 10 event, Aidan Bergman juggled and taught his audience how to juggle virtually while Megan Shindelus led viewers through a series of yoga poses and performed an original song.
“Although we cannot perform together, the individuals who comprise ´Til Dawn have varied interests and are involved in a lot of really interesting stuff during quarantine,” Austin said.
Once the quarantine began, Austin learned quickly that he had to redirect the focus of how the group spends its time since it could no longer rehearse and harmonize together in person. Rather than learning a song they might not ever perform, ´Til Dawn members have been perfecting recordings of their work.
And, at their twice-weekly rehearsals, Austin also facilitated songwriting groups via Zoom breakout rooms.
“Right now, we’re not able to perform for audiences and receive that sense of completion and that form of positive feedback, so we shifted our goals; now we’re writing beautiful songs and compiling some great recordings,” Austin said. “It’s a tangible record of the work we have done.”
Zoom Meeting ID: 891 1061 7564
DATES: Monday nights, Aug. 17, 24 and 31; Sept. 7, 14
TIME: 6 – 6:45 p.m.