ArtsWave Announces CincySings Competition Host Drew Lachey
Teams of Employee Choirs from Top Companies Help Celebrate the Arts, Raise Awareness
Today ArtsWave announces that its first-ever region-wide choral competition, CincySings, will be hosted by artist Drew Lachey at the Aronoff Center on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. Teams of employee choirs from top regional companies that participate in the ArtsWave Community Campaign will face-off in this high-energy evening of music and fun. Tickets are now on sale for $20 and proceeds benefit the ArtsWave Community Campaign. VIP tickets are available for $50, which includes entry into the event and a pre-show reception with celebrity host and judges.
“We are thrilled to have Drew Lachey as our celebrity host for CincySings,” said Alecia Kintner, President and COO of ArtsWave. “His enthusiasm for the arts and for Cincinnati is infectious, and we know he’ll bring great energy to this exciting event.”
CincySings builds on Cincinnati’s incredible choral tradition, beginning with the May Festival Chorus and extending through the 2012 World Choir Games. For several years, both P&G and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center have run “sing-off” events as part of their ArtsWave workplace giving campaigns, encouraging employees to create small choral groups and take the stage in support of ArtsWave. This year, Melanie Healey, Group President – P&G North America and Chair of the 2014 ArtsWave Community Campaign, suggested expanding the concept to encourage other top regional companies to run internal competitions and then send their winning choirs to face-off in a friendly showdown. The winners of the CincySings competition will receive a special prize package from ArtsWave and have the chance to sing the national anthem at a Cincinnati Reds game on April 14.
“CincySings is an entirely new way to involve employees and our entire community in supporting the arts, by showcasing the talent that exists in all our workplaces,” Healey said. “It’s also great for morale and for connecting employees to this region. This event is meant to bring Cincinnati together to inspire community pride, celebrate the arts and their impact on our lives, and raise awareness for ArtsWave.”
Ten local companies are sending their top choirs to CincySings: American Modern Insurance, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, GE, Horseshoe Casino, Humana, Kroger, P&G, and TriHealth. Teams will have the option to be coached by local professional vocal artists in the weeks leading up to the event.
To expand the competition beyond the corporate community, one additional “Wild Card” team will be chosen by fan vote on YouTube during the week of March 17th. Any group can form a Wild Card team including churches, schools, families, etc. To enter, Wild Card teams must create a short video of their group performing and submit it to CincySings@TheArtsWave.org by midnight on March 15th. All the Wild Card videos will be available to view and vote on during the week of March 17th. The team with the most votes will get the final slot in the CincySings competition. For a complete list of Wild Card team entry rules, go to www.theartswave.org/CincySingsWC
CincySings will be hosted by recording artist and Cincinnati native Drew Lachey. Drew is best known for being a member of the pop group 98 Degrees and as the crowned champion of season two of Dancing with the Stars. In addition to his vocal and dancing talent, Drew is an experienced stage actor with such Broadway roles as Patsy in Spamalot and Mark Cohen in Rent. Drew is a champion for the arts in Cincinnati. A graduate from Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts, Drew is also the founder of Lachey Arts, an arts education company focused on using real working situations to better train young performers. Drew has extensive hosting experience including appearances on Dancing with the Stars, the Miss USA Pageant, The Price is Right and, closer to home, the 2012 World Choir Games. This experience, combined with his passion for the arts and his home town of Cincinnati, makes him the perfect host for this exciting event.
“I’m excited to be hosting ArtsWave’s CincySings event,” said Lachey. “I think we’re going to hear some amazing music from these choirs, and it’s a chance to raise awareness for ArtsWave and the many arts organizations that make Cincinnati such a great place to live. This is truly something you will only see in Cincinnati.”
As the nation’s first and largest arts fundraising drive, the ArtsWave campaign supports the work and impact of over 100 arts and cultural organizations with grants and services. More than 400 companies and 37,000 donors contribute to the effort each year, many through workplace giving campaigns.
To purchase tickets to CincySings, visit http://www.cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/cincysings.