There’s something to be said for the power of youth, especially in the form of a chorus. It’s one thing to join a choral program while in high school and sing to high (local) praises. It’s quite another to be recognized on a national level and to be invited to sing at Lincoln Center in New York City. The impossible dream? Hardly. This is exactly what the Wellington High School Chorus will be doing next spring.
Under the tutelage of chorus director Bradford Chase, the Wellington High School Chorus are already seasoned veterans when it comes to taking the stage in the Big Apple, having performed at Carnegie Hall three years ago. Now, 53 of 75-strong members will be participating in the New York City premiere performance of Rosephanye Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah as part of the DCINY Concert Series at 7p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014 (Mother’s Day Weekend) at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. They are the only high school choral group to be invited and they will perform with singers on the collegiate level from all over the country. A total of nearly 250 performers will share the stage, but the Wellington High School Chorus will be the youngest star to shine.
In the letter of invitation, members of the WHS Chorus were recognized by the concert organizer for “their dedication to musical excellence” and the “high quality” of their audition recording. Chase is thrilled for his students and proud of their achievements. (This would make it the thrill of the Chase!)
“Choral ensembles are unique. They work really hard. After you get to know them, there’s a real sense of communication,” says the proud director. He was given the option to perform along with them and has chosen instead to watch them perform with pride.
The students’ experience will include two half-days of rehearsals and clinics, culminating in a performance accompanied by Distinguished Concerts Orchestra with Maestro Powell on the podium. Powell is the husband of the composer of this spiritual, historical, classical piece. Tickets for the Lincoln Center performance will be available for purchase in March 2014 at www.aboutlincolncenter.org.
Wellington High School Chorus really has something to sing about! PBG Lifestyle Magazine congratulates them for this excellent achievement.