A couple of weeks ago, at the annual Junk 2 Funk Fashion Show at Savannah Arts Academy, I was reminded anew of the artistic talent being nurtured in the local public school system.

It's easy to become cynical about Savannah's future, but it's hard to be cynical when you see the work of the talented and energetic kids in our midst.

Readers have the chance to experience some of that talent this week when the Esther F. Garrison School for the Arts Chorus hosts Savannah Sings 2018.

The Invitational Youth Choir Festival, now in its fifth year, culminates Feb. 9 with a performance at the school's new Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts.

The program will include a performance by the Festival Men's Chorus directed by artist in residence Ken Berg, artistic director of the Birmingham Boys Choir. The Festival Men's Chorus consists of middle and high school voice students from Savannah and surrounding areas who have been nominated by their teachers.

The event will also include performances by some of the leading school and community youth choirs in the Savannah area. All told, about 20 schools and organizations participate in Savannah Sings, which is supported by the Savannah Friends of Music.

The famed opera singer Sherrill Milnes, head of the Savannah VOICE Festival, will emcee the event.

In addition to offering a tremendous opportunity to experience some local talent firsthand, Savannah Sings 2018 also gives attendees a chance to immerse themselves in the Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts. The new concert hall constructed by the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System will be used for a variety of public events, including performances during the upcoming Savannah Music Festival.

The Yamacraw Center has 600 seats, a 3,200-square-foot stage, classroom space and excellent technical specifications. It should prove a great asset for furthering the arts in Savannah.

You can read more about Savannah Sings at savannahsings2018.weebly.com.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children younger than 18.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com) and hissing lawns (www.hissinglawns.com). Email billdawers@comcast.net.


What: Savannah Sings 2018

When: 7 p.m. Feb. 9

Where: Yamacraw Center for the Performing Arts, Garrison School, 649 W. Jones St.

Cost: $10, $5 for children under 18

Info: savannahsings2018.weebly.com