Choir Director Rachel Casponi says the singers will participate in the 50th anniversary Handel’s Messiah performance of Distinguished Concerts International New York on Sunday November 29th, 2015.
The choral concert invitation from the professional production company was extended by conductor Jonathon Griffith and follows what he calls the high quality of a previously submitted audition tape of the North Peace Cultural Centre performance of the Messiah last December.
The close to 80 members of the local choir will now join with others to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International.
“So it will be a truly international-body,” says Casponi. “There will be choirs not only from all across Canada, but there will be people from all over the world that come together for this event.”
Casponi says the choir will be going into New York will their rehearsed rendition, followed by two half-day clinics and workshop with Mr. Griffith.
“He’s the artistic director and he’ll be conducting this work,” Casponi goes on to say. “So they’ll get lots of time with him leading them through, and it will be an incredible learning experience because the focus is also on education.”
Casponi adds, “This is strictly a program that invests in amateur choirs, and the goal is not to discover stars – it’s not ‘Choir Idol’, it’s to invest in choirs and education, and give them the [performance] opportunity.”
The local choir will spend five days and four nights in the big apple preparing for the concert and is hoping for community funding support.
It’s scheduled to present its spring concert tomorrow night, and the group will be one of three choirs, and the community band, performing at the Cultural Centre beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $8 and there’s no charge for children 12 and under.