TRAVERSE CITY — A few years ago, Candace Wallace was reading about cuts to the arts in schools and worried that it would become available only to the privileged.
So the lifelong educator and choir director decided to create “Pure A Cappella,” an evening that showcases area vocalists, with the proceeds supporting local music programs.
The second annual “Pure A Cappella” music festival will be held Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Milliken Auditorium.
“What’s exciting about this concert is it’s all about singers helping to keep singers singing,” she said.
This year the proceeds will benefit Traverse City Central High School’s chorale trip to Estonia and Latvia.
“It’s for a great cause and an amazing opportunity for these kids,” she said.
This year’s performers include student groups from Traverse City Central’s Chorale choir, the Choral-Aires and Sock Apella, an ad hoc of Chorale.
Trillium Singers, a group founded by Wallace, as well as Quad Pro Quo, a men’s barbershop quartet, along with the women’s barbershop quartet, Sashay, will join them. Wallace said a surprise group will also perform.
Dick Wallace, host of “Pops Potpourri” on WTCM AM 580 and former Interlochen Public Radio host, will emcee.
“We’ll be showcasing a variety of music,” said Candace Wallace. “There will be music from Estonia, barbershop, oldies and more up-to-date.”
Wallace said she’s pleased to be helping the more than 40 Central choir members get to Europe.
“Latvia is a choral music haven and they have a singing festival every other year in Estonia,” she said.
Micaela Jankowski, a member of Traverse City Central’s Chorale and Choral-Aires who performed last year in “Pure A Cappella,” is excited to be included in this collaboration again.
“It really gives us an avenue to express ourselves, using our favorite tool — pure voice. And with our music we get to show the community what it is that we work for everyday — to be heard,” she said.
Wallace said the concert is also a great opportunity for the community to come listen to singing without musical accompaniment.
“It’s a little more intimate with no instruments,” she said. “It’s so interesting to hear the overtures of the voices and the colors the human voice can have.”
Tickets are $12 and available at www.MyNorthTickets.com or at Oryana in Traverse City.