As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect day-to-day life, Palm Beach County cultural organizations have joined together to offer a message of hope.
In partnership with the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, four of the area’s top arts organizations—the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, and Ballet Palm Beach—recorded an online performance of Barry Manilow’s “One Voice.” The video illustrates that, although concerts, performances, and large gatherings are currently on hold, the arts still thrive in the Palm Beaches.
Andrew Kato, producing artistic director and chief executive of the Maltz Jupiter Theatre, produced the video, which opens with young vocalists from the Maltz Jupiter Theatre Goldner Conservatory of Performing Arts.
“I suggested the song ‘One Voice’ because the lyrics speak to the isolation we feel and how we can come together as one unified county,” Kato said in a statement. “One lone voice is joined by another and another and then is joined by a chorus of voices, instruments, and movements that unite to shine a light on Palm Beach County and the unparalleled, unique cultural arts we all contribute to our community. I’m extremely proud of the quality and diversity of work that is being created in South Florida.”
The video continues with the addition of vocals by recent graduates from Palm Beach Opera’s Benenson Young Artist Program and Bailey Apprentice Artist Program, and is set to a score performed by some of Palm Beach Symphony’s principal musicians. All of the artists recorded their parts at their own homes, including ballerina Lily Ojea Loveland, who worked on her dance solo during remote rehearsals with Colleen Smith, the company’s founding artistic director.
All four of the participating arts organizations are looking ahead to their 2020-21 seasons. As they prepare for better days, these creatives are shining a spotlight on how the arts can help us all get through this difficult time.