By Matt Fossen
PM News Report: Friday, November 1st, 2013
On Saturday, Ithaca’s State Theatre will be featuring Tompkins County’s own Vitamin L Chorus Group for what will be their 1,000th concert. Admission is free, thanks to sponsorship by donors, Wegmens, the Ithaca Public Education Initiative, Alternatives Credit Union, The Fine Arts Booster Group, and Ithaca Child although donations are appreciated.
Vitamin L, which has been performing since its inception in 1989, is a local singing group comprised of 60 area students from ages 11 to 21. Most singers are junior high and high school students. The “L” stands for “love,” as their songs convey messages of youth empowerment, kindness, empathy, community and diversity, and ultimately optimistic peace.
Originally the message was heard by audiences in area schools, but in a matter of years following its creation, Vitamin L’s influence reached broader locales. The group notably performed at the United Nations in 1994 for World Children’s Day, and has since been a well documented presence around the state.
Their latest recording- a 14 song album entitled “Sing for Dr. King! Vitamin L Songs for a Beloved Community”- was given to 1,000 Tompkins County third graders this year thanks to the Community Foundation’s Myrtle Dee Nash Memories Fund; all songs can be found and downloaded online.
The impact of Vitamin L has no doubt been notable, but moreover it has been purely profound. One Ithaca college music education specialist remarked that the group is a living representation of its own name featuring kids of all backgrounds coming together to promote peace, love, and harmony in Ithaca and beyond.
The concert will start at 1pm tomorrow, accessible and encouraged to the whole community.