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N-W choir heads to Carnegie Hall -- again

by jmaloni
Mon, Feb 28th 2011 05:50 pm

Everyone knows the way to get to Carnegie Hall is "practice, practice, practice," and the Niagara-Wheatfield High School Concert Choir did just that. The choir has been selected to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City during the National Youth Concert Series on March 25.

"In late September, I submitted an audition CD to the National Youth Concert Series at Carnegie Hall. This audition CD contained three selections from the N-WSH Concert Choirs of 2009-2010," said David Curtis, director of choirs at Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School. "A committee at Carnegie Hall evaluates all entries and selects choirs and bands that meet the stringent performance standards of Carnegie Hall. Carnegie Hall has been home to some of the most talented performers in the world, and they reserve their stage for only the best. A limited number of choirs and bands that pass the performance standards of the committee are invited to perform in this concert series. This performance is a wonderful opportunity for our students."

This is the second time the choir has been selected for this honor. It was previously chosen for the concert series in 2009. Curtis decided to submit an audition CD again, even though he thought, "What are the chances we'd get in a second time?"

This time, the choir will be performing "I Am In Need of Music" by David L. Brunner, "In Virtute Tua" by Grzegorz G. Gorczycki, "Esto Les Digo" by Kinley Lang, "Behold, God the Lord" from Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn, "Sure on This Shining Night" from Nocturnes by Morten Lauridsen, and "Worthy To Be Praised" by Byron J. Smith.

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