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August 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm
Claude McKnight, Mark Kibble, Joel Kibble, and Dave Thomas, tenors; Khristian Dentley, baritone; Alvin Chea, bass
Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet”, Take 6 is the most awarded a cappella group in history. With 10 Grammy awards, the sextet continues to bring extraordinary vocals to their worldwide audiences.
About the Artists
With 10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, 2 NAACP Image Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more, Take 6 continues to bring extraordinary vocals to their worldwide audiences. April 2018 marks the release of their sixteenth album, aptly titled ICONIC (SRG/Universal) and the debut of a PBS special, The Summit, alongside The Manhattan Transfer.
Take 6 has admirably and adeptly crossed most musical genres, from straight-ahead jazz to pop to adult R&B, doo wop to blues. Like a fine-tuned vocal orchestra, the group continues to push the boundaries of creativity and musical genius with every new release, and with their ever-evolving live performances.
Any singer who aspires for vocal excellence cannot overlook the contributions these men have made to music. Take 6 has performed with and won praise from such luminaries as Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Ben E. King, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Al Jarreau, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, and Whitney Houston, to name a very few.
The sextet has come a long way from their days at Huntsville, Alabama’s Oakwood College where Claude McKnight formed the group as the Gentleman’s Estates Quartet in 1980. When tenor Mark Kibble heard the group rehearsing in the dorm, he joined in the harmonies and performed on stage that night. When Mervyn Warren joined shortly afterward, they took the name Alliance. Yet, when they signed to Reprise Records/Warner Bros. in 1987, they found that there was another group with the same name, so they became Take 6. Says McKnight: “Take 6 was all about a democratic process of sitting in a room together and throwing a couple of hundred names at each other and Take 6 was the one that got the most yay votes. Their self-titled debut CD scored two 1988 Grammy Awards, landed in the Top Ten Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Contemporary Christian Charts — and they’ve never slowed down, having been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
What makes the music and the group last this long? The answers are direct and simple: faith, friendship, respect, and love of music. The multi-platinum selling sextet says of their longevity, “We are family in the sense that we care deeply about each other, which helps keep us together. We have times when it gets tough, but we pull together because of the love and respect we have for one another.
This concert is generously sponsored by Neal and Sharon Bozentka, Dan and Pat Hottenstein, and David and Susan Wood.
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First Listen are free pre-concert mini-performances by our area’s most talented youth musicians. We partner with the Women’s Symphony Association of Lancaster to present finalists from their Young Artists Competition on our First Listen series. They occur before most of our Sunday concerts. Please check each concert page for more details.
Parking is Free
Parking guards will be around to assist you. Handicapped parking in front and behind the playhouse is limited.
Restrooms can be found in the lower level of the Playhouse, entered from outside. There is also a single handicapped-friendly restroom stage right (if you are looking at the stage, it is to the left).
Rain or Shine
Performances are rain or shine. If extreme weather causes a change in the status of a performance, an announcement will be posted on our home page and sent via email to all ticket buyers with details on rescheduling or cancellation, and ticket exchange or refund policy.
What to Wear
Come as you please with attire suitable for the temperature. The Playhouse is covered but open on the sides. Big ceiling fans ease the heat on hot, summer days.
In addition to the eateries in and around Mt. Gretna, the Playhouse also has a concession stand! We sell various drinks and snacks, such as water, coffee drinks, soda, and candy, both before the performance and during intermission. The inviting smell of our delicious popcorn is a staple of our performance nights in the playhouse!