light up the night GALA 2023
JANUARY 14, 2023
Join hosts Molly and Bob Morrison for a truly one-of-a-kind night of
food, fun and spectacular entertainment!
The party starts at 5:30pm with a mix and mingle at the Chester County History Center featuring signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres by local native, “Big Chef “Tom Pizzica of Philly Hots, live music from the Uptown! Singers, fun photos and silent auction!
At 7:30 PM the Light Up The Night Gala continues at Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center with a stellar performance by Grammy Award winning a cappella group TAKE 6 on the A. Roy Smith Mainstage.
Black Tie Optional
10 Grammy Awards. 10 Dove Awards. Gospel Music Hall of Famers.
Take 6 (Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, Dave Thomas, Alvin Chea and Khristian Dentley), heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet!,” is the quintessential a cappella group and the model for vocal genius. Six virtuosic voices united in crystal clear harmony, against a backdrop of syncopated rhythms, innovative arrangements, and funky grooves that bubble into an intoxicating brew of gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. With praise from such luminaries as Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ella Fitzgerald and Whitney Houston, the multi-platinum selling sextet has toured across the globe, collaborated across genres, and is recognized as the pre-eminent a cappella group in the world.
With the popularity of televised vocal competitions such as the explosive a cappella show The Sing Off and the mania over singing driven comedy-dramas like Glee and Smash, Take 6 is the original torchbearer. Major public and corporate events remind everyone of this as Take 6 has triumphed among a gathering of stars including Celine Dion, Lionel Richie, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Nicks, and Ne-Yo at Walmart’s 50th Anniversary celebration; a SOLD-OUT audience and Standing Ovation at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards where Take 6 captivated the audience with their rendition, performing with and honoring legendary singer-songwriter Ben E. King, on his classic “Stand By Me.” As a group that knows no musical bounds, they then brought the house down with their tribute to folk icon Woody Guthrie with “This Land Is Your Land.”
Take 6 has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama’s Oakwood College where McKnight formed the group as The Gentleman’s Estate Quartet in 1980. The group eventually became known as Alliance but when they signed to Reprise Records in 1987 they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Their self-titled debut CD won over jazz and pop critics and they’ve never slowed down.
What makes the music and the group last this long? The answers are direct and simple: faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. From their exceptional Christmas Show, to their innovative Symphony show, these qualities are at the heart of the Take 6 phenomenon.
Lighting Up The Mainstage!
TAKE 6, platinum recording artists, winners of 10 Grammys and the most awarded a cappella group in history!
“The baddest vocal cats on the planet.” – Quincy Jones
Starry Night, Chambord, Prosecco, garnished with raspberries.
Bright Lights, Small Town Espresso Martini
Lighting Up The Menu!
Catering by West Chester native, “Big Chef” Tom Pizzica, owner and creator of “Philly Hots” and featured on Food Network Stars – just back from the new show, Super Chef Grudge Match!
Glow Jewelry, Candy Assortment
Thank you to our sponsors
A. Roy Smith
Molly and Bob Morrison
Hickory Veterinary Hospital
Sunset Hill Jewelers
Pancoast and Clifford
Nicole Scimone and Chris Walker
Meredy Patterson and Timothy Barnard
Umbreit Wileczek & Associates
John Cigler and Patrick McCoy
Richard & Julie May
Judy and john benner
Time to Leap
The Wordtech group
High Point Financial
Colliers of Centreville Wine Shop and Wine School
Chris and Melissa Howe
Bob Lohrmann and John Lilly
Howard and Theresa Sundwall
Gail and Don Pippin
DeBaptiste Funeral Home
Sara and Michael Phelan
Tom Comitta Associates
Celia and Chris Lang
Tom and Connie McEvoy
Brennan’s office interiors
Sara and Michael Phelan