Award-winning singer/songwriter, dancer, actress and mega social influencer Montana Tucker will headline Concert-4-Kindness on Sunday, January 15 at Florida Atlantic University’s Carol and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Hall in Boca Raton.
Although this Boca native is a world-renowned performer who has opened for huge stars including Jennifer Lopez, Ciara, Flo Rida and Pitbull, she’s equally focused on making the world a kinder and more inclusive place.
Recently featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, he talked about tracing his family roots in Poland, where he researched his maternal grandparents’ experiences during the Holocaust.
That journey, captured on film, became the six-part Holocaust documentary How. never forget” documentary. It was featured on all of Tucker’s social media platforms to educate many of his 14 million followers.
Recent polls have shown that many members of the “TikTok generation” are woefully ignorant of basic Holocaust facts. In 2020, one national survey of adults under 40 found that significant numbers were unable to grasp that the death toll had reached 6 million Jews, with a tenth of them reporting that they had never even heard the term “Holocaust” before.
“We need everyone to bring out their friends, families and colleagues, from youth, parents and grandparents to Gen Zers, Millennials and Baby Boomers, to join us so that together we can respond to acceptance, kindness and light,” Tucker shared.
Hosted by FAU’s Dorothy F. Hosted by Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Concert-4-Kindness expects to represent a “We Are the World” style moment, according to its marketers.
Tucker to perform popular original songs in concert
Tucker will perform several of his popular originals, including “Be Myself” and I’m Not Alone. These two singles were written by Tucker to inspire others to respect their own and others’ inclusion and diversity.
While Tucker and her dancers will headline the multi-art show, more than 125 multicultural performers and presenters will be involved.
FAU Dance Director Clarence Brooks will perform “Sweet in the Morning,” directed by Lenny Williams with music by Bobby McFerrin. Brooks has performed with over 60 American companies and toured the US, Europe and Asia.
Bruegel, an internationally acclaimed bilingual artist duo from Spain and New York, will present their brand of socially impactful music and share some of their award-winning films and videos. Both grandsons of Holocaust survivors are raising awareness and support for displaced Ukrainians who find refuge at the Auschwitz Jewish Center Foundation in Poland.
Florida Singing Sons and Chorale Soleil, a new ensemble, will join forces with sound to develop arts-conscious youth as tomorrow’s leaders. Florida Singing Sons has performed with prestigious local companies such as the Florida Grand Opera and the New World Symphony, and has toured the United States and major cities in Europe.
Local students and their mentors, powered by Nat King Cole Generation Hope, will perform instrumentals. The Boca Raton-based nonprofit organization provides a legacy of music education, training and resources for youth with the greatest needs and fewest resources.
Concert-4-Kindness benefits FAU’s Make a Difference Fund for student scholarships and programs at the future Kurt and Marilyn Wallach Building for Holocaust and Jewish Studies at FAU’s Dorothy F. at Schmidt College of Arts and Letters.
The future building will bring together all multidisciplinary education under one roof, focusing on human rights education, conflict de-escalation, ethics and diplomacy, leadership training and peace building. It will also house the FFA Center for Peace, Justice and Human Rights, a campus-wide effort that brings together scholars, students, practitioners and community leaders working on topics of social justice, human rights, peace and nonviolence.
Where? Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton
When? 4:00 p.m., Sunday, January 15
Value: Tickets start at $10
Information: www.fauevents.com; 561-297-6124