Eastern Nazarene College’s A Cappella Choir soon will accomplish a feat of which many professional musicians only dream, when the 50-member group performs at New York City’s legendary Carnegie Hall.
ENC’s choir will join several other choral groups from across the nation January 18 in performing a special tribute concert in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Selections to be performed include Handel’s “Zadok the Priest” and Mozart’s “Mass in C Major.”
“The Carnegie experience is very special for our ENC students, who hail from many states and countries, and are pursuing a variety of majors,” said Choir Director Timothy Shetler, who noted that while in New York the choir will also perform at several area churches. “Music and ministry bring our diverse backgrounds together in this special January tour to New York – a tour which celebrates the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Shetler noted that this month’s performance follows the A Cappella Choir’s first Carnegie Hall appearance, which occurred last spring. And A Cappella choir members are looking forward to their return engagement.
“For any performer, singing at Carnegie Hall is a great honor,” said Coventry, RI native Katrina Abraham, an ENC senior majoring in music education. “For a student, singing at such a prestigious venue is an incredibly rewarding experience.”
Joshua Hollett, a sophomore Chemistry major from Saugus, agreed. “Singing at Carnegie Hall is not only aesthetically and aurally pleasing, but also exciting because of the rich history the hall possesses,” he said. “Some of the finest bands and choirs in the world have performed there, and it is such an honor to perform on the same stage as they did.”
Founded in 1938, ENC’s A Cappella Choir has toured the world, with members performing in such locations as Austria, Germany, Romania and at Boston’s own Jordan Hall. The choir’s next international tour is scheduled for January 2011, when the group’s honors ensemble, the ENC Chamber Singers, will perform throughout Scandinavia.
Tickets for the January 18 Carnegie Hall performance may be purchased by calling 212/247-7800 or online at www.carnegiehall.org.
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