Asher’s Chocolate is only the start of Jack Asher’s legacy. Of course a big part of it is both FPCG and Keystone State Boychoir (KSB). Jack Asher was the founding Board Chair of KSB, what would eventually become Commonwealth Youthchoirs (CY). Today, 600 young people sing in six different programs in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as part of the region’s largest – and one of the country’s finest – youth choral arts organizations. It all began with Jack at the helm.
On Jack’s birthday, March 3rd, at 7:30pm, CY will present Asher’s Legacy – CY remembers Jack. At this benefit concert, CY will rename its scholarship fund the “Jack Asher Scholarship Fund.” All proceeds from the event will support singer scholarships.
Though Jack never played an instrument or sang in a choir, he had a passion for music because he understood its power to transform a young person’s life. These were his words, and they serve as CY’s mission statement. Jack loved organ music and choral music, so music that involved both, he especially loved. In his honor, at this concert, young singers from CY will be joined by the Bratislava Boys Choir and special guest organist Alessandro Pittorino to present Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. We do so in celebration of Jack’s life, and to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world premier of this great work for organ and choir.
Pittorino recently graduated with a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School – the very first Australian organ student to attend the world’s most prestigious conservatory. Don’t miss the chance to hear an up-and-coming star of the organ world and hundreds of “Jack’s kids” sing in his honor!
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