I want to share the wonderful news about nine volunteer singers from our own parish choirs that are in New York this weekend performing as part of a larger choir of over 200 singers in a concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, Feb. 18th at 7 pm.
The choir received the invitation last year from Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) as they were searching nationally for choirs that had performed works by Dan Forrest. As you may remember, we sang Dan Forrest’s, Requiem for the Living, here at St. Ignatius the past two years for the Requiem Mass. DCINY asked for an audition tape of our choir and I sent clips of the Requiem Mass Video from 2017 (still on our parish website). Here is a portion of the wonderful invitation letter we received:
“In recognition of your dedication to musical excellence and due to the high quality of your audition recording, it is with great pleasure that we extend an invitation to you and the St. Ignatius Parish Choir to participate in a performance of Dan Forrest’s newest major work LUX: The Dawn from On High on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City. This performance is planned to take place on Monday, February 18, 2019–President’s Day Weekend–in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall under the baton of DCINY Artistic and Educational Consultant, Dr. James M. Meaders. Congratulations to you and your singers on this wonderful achievement and recognition! A limited number of ensembles have been selected for this special invitation. Your musicians will join with other outstanding choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. The residency includes two half-days of rehearsals and clinics, culminating in a performance accompanied by Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, with Maestro Meaders on the podium. We are excited about the prospect of including you and your singers in pursuit of a glorious and memorable concert. It is only fitting that you are given this unique opportunity to perform in one of the world’s greatest concert halls, which itself represents excellence and musical achievement.”
The singers will spend 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for their concert, and will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the 5-day residency. The participants are: Alejandro Bartning, Nicole Conkling, John Carlo Cruz, Therese Doan, Teresa DuSell, Stephen St. Marie, Joan Minninger, Dan Rozycki, and Laura Xuereb. Barbara St. Marie and Fred Xuereb are also going as VIP patrons and guests. We will report on our experience when we return!!
~ Teresa DuSell
Follow-Up Report: Read about the concert and the experience the choir members had of singing at Carnegie Hall with the composer HERE.
Learn More about Music & Art at St. Ignatius Parish HERE.