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December 6, 2012

Young artists expose humanitarian side

Young artists expose humanitarian side

CHAZY — It was a three-hour name game before Paige Garnot, Alex Mesick, Maeghan McDonald and Patricia Coupal settled on Mezzo Misses.

The vocal quartet, directed and accompanied by Kathy Kokes, needed a moniker for their debut in Saturday’s “Home for the Holidays: An Evening of the Arts,” which benefits the Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity. The event will be held at 7 p.m. at Chazy Central Rural School.

The idea for the quartet to perform was McDonald’s; her mother is on the Champlain Valley Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.

The girls are involved in Chazy Music Theater.

“When we all auditioned and got in, we all had similarities, especially in singing,” Garnot said. “We’ve all been in All State and All County. We all love singing. Maeghan asked the three of us if we wanted to sing as a quartet. We’ve been rehearsing ever since. We’ve grown as friends since we started doing this, too.”

MIXING CHARITY, TALENT

“Home for the Holidays” offers a venue for student-performing artists, who have few such outlets in comparison to their athletic peers.

Saturday’s program includes the Adirondack Dance Company, Saranac High School Select Chorus, Center Stage Dance, Plattsburgh High School Select Vocal Ensemble and ALEE String Quartet. Professional entertainers include After Five Brass Quintet and Oh! Betty.

“The discrepancy in what the kids in performing arts are allowed to do is so obvious,” said Stephen McDonald, Maeghan’s father. “We think it’s a benefit for local Clinton County high-school kids serious about the arts. They are dedicated and practice. Give them a venue to perform to an appreciative audience. Let these kids perform to benefit a nice charity. It’s a really cool combination.”

Decimated school budgets made it prohibitive for some schools to participate without the funds for a bus and driver to transport the students to the event.

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