CANARSIE, Brooklyn -- Former teachers and classmates of Kyle Jean-Baptiste will hold a reunion concert and fundraiser at P. S. 276 in Canarsie this Friday night.
Jean-Baptiste sang on stage for the first time as a student with the P. S. 276 chorus in 2004.
¨I used to tell him you can be anything you want to be if you believe in yourself and you put in the work," former chorus teacher Mindy Giraud told PIX11 News.
One former classmate said, Jean-Baptiste "was always in the center of everything."
Jean-Baptiste went on to star on Broadway as the first African American and youngest person to play the lead role in Les Misérables. His career was cut suddenly short last summer when he slipped and fell from a fire escape to his death.
¨We will award at graduation the Kyle Jean-Baptiste award and that will go to a student who excels in performing arts,” explained former chorus teacher Graeme Sibirsky.
Tickets for the show may be purchased online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kyle-jean-baptiste-memorial-concert-tickets-25557683720