Members of a Ponoka-based choir have once again had the privilege of appearing on stage in one of the world’s most famous concert halls.
Local singers Charmaine Arandez, Lori Gartner, Sue Henderson, Lydia Mandanas-Fairclough, Romy Mandanas and Maria Perez as well as Edmonton conductor Warren Mack all performed as part of a mass choir at Carnegie Hall. New York on April 28.
This is the second time in four years that this group has been able to participate in the prestigious event, which brings together guest singers and 11 elite-level high school choirs from across the United States to perform as a single group.
This year the concert will be directed and conducted by renowned composer Eric Whitacre, featuring a number of his own popular compositions.
The local group, which family members and others joined on the trip, began practicing the different pieces in September after being notified of their acceptance into the program.
The rehearsals were quite a daunting task, as the singers had to sing the entire program from memory, including five particularly difficult pieces that were to be sung in Hebrew.
Mack noted that the last fact was a real challenge for the group.
As a follow-up, the singers will show off the same talents as in New York City by hosting a concert featuring all the songs performed at Carnegie Hall. This show, titled From the Big Apple, is scheduled for St. Augustine Church in Ponoka on May 27 and begins at 7:30 p.m.