Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Harmony Project will Raise You Up

The Jazz Arts Group’s Inside Track series presents its season finale, “Raise Me Up!,” May 18-19 at the Lincoln Theatre featuring the Columbus Jazz Orchestra and the Harmony Project for a convergence of uplifting, joyous, and highly engaging music.

The Harmony Project is more than just a choir. It is a diverse collective of individuals with a dazzling array of abilities, life stories and dreams, each with a desire to serve. A stupendous, toe-tapping, model for our community, the Harmony Project embraces the motto of sing, serve, share. Established three years ago by Artistic Director David Brown, the project’s mission is to build community through the performing arts.

The rules are simple—in order to perform in the choir, members must participate in volunteer/community service activities. Singing experience is not required; the project accepts people of all skill levels and works with them to improve ability. Musical styles tackled by the choir range from pop and blues to jazz and gospel. Most choir members have no background or experience singing, but they all share a passion for music, practicing two hours every Monday night at the Bluestone (formerly the BoMA).

Jazz Arts Group staff members and CJO band members will partner with the Harmony Project on a two-day service project at a Habitat for Humanity worksite, May 8 and May 9 in conjunction with the concert.

Join Jazz Arts Group, the guest musicians and your fellow concert-goers for a special post-show gathering at Yellow Brick Pizza (892 Oak Street in Olde Towne East) on Saturday, May 19, as part of the Columbus Alive / Inside Track “Think & Drink” event series. Special jazz-themed drinks and happy hour beer and wine specials will be available!

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