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The411 with Sherlene Shanklin: West Louisville Arts Academy Hope Awards Concert

by Sherlene Shanklin

Posted on December 8, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 12:27 PM

The411:  The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy, WLPAA formerly known as the West Louisville Boys/Girls Choir will celebrate their 10th Annual Hope Awards Christmas Concert on Saturday, December 11th at the Brown Theatre. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are only $10.00. The WLPAA will represent the 20th year of the organization so you can see the WLPAA will have plenty to celebrate.
This year the WLPAA will honor several individuals who have instilled hope in the hearts and minds of children by awarding them the McDaniel Bluitt Hope Award. This year the award will be given posthumously to the late Stephen Garrett, a Louisville native, music producer, songwriter and R&B artist. Garrett was a great lover of all genres of music. His vibrant rhythms and lyrics appealed to people all over the world. Also on that night, Bishop A. T. Moore, former pastor of Moore Temple Church of God in Christ, the “Living Legend,” who dedicated over 50 years of his life to his congregation and gave community service to the surrounding neighborhoods will also receive his award. Bishop Moore will be thanked for the creation of the Moore Temple Church of God in Christ Boys Choir whose humble beginnings gave birth to the present day West Louisville Boys Choir.
Past recipients have been Louisville native Muhammad Ali, Rick Pitino, Head Basketball Coach for the University of Louisville, Laura Douglas, Vice-President of Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Affairs for E-ON/US, and Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville.
WLPAA also welcomes EMMY award winner Jay Flippin. He won the award for his score for the documentary Ashes to Glory. He’s arranged some of the selections you will hear during the concert. Jay works regularly with several jazz and commercial groups, and averages more than 150 performances a year. He has worked with dozens of artists, including Clark Terry, James Moody, Chris Potter, the Count Basie Orchestra, Bernadette Peters, Ray Charles, LeAnn Rimes, and Wilson Pickett.
The West Louisville Performing Arts Academy was established in 1990 by Bluitt, a retired music teacher who has more than 28 years of experience in the Jefferson County Public School system. The 501C3 non-profit organization was created to give underprivileged youth ranging from the ages of 8 to 19 an opportunity to create artistic proficiency and sound life skills that are essential to become assets to our society. Each participant will meet up to four nights per week for rehearsals, tutoring sessions, and leadership training, among other activities.
If you would like to purchase tickets to the Hope Awards Christmas Concert, additional information in regards to having your child a participant and/or would like to know how you can support the organization please contact McDaniel Bluitt at 502-376-7840.
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