Local singers invited to perform at Carnegie Hall

Kelowna Community ChorusFundraising, News

  • Special to The Daily Courier
  • Sep 5, 2019

Distinguished Concerts International New York City (DCINY) announced this week that Susan Skinner and the Kelowna Community Chorus have been invited to participate in the New York premiere performance of Joseph Martin’s and Heather Sorenson’s Christmas Dreams on the DCINY Concert Series.

This performance at Carnegie Hall is planned to take place on Sunday, Nov. 17.

The local musicians will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction.

Conductor and composer Martin will lead the performance and will serve as the clinician for the residency.

Sorenson will be the composer-in-residence as well as accompanist and piano soloist for the performance.

“The Kelowna Community Chorus received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording,” said Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY.

“It is quite an honour just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community.

“This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

The singers will spend five days and four nights in New York in preparation for their concert.

“The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the five-day residency,” said Griffith. “Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City. However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”

Members of the community are encouraged to give financial support in sending these singers to New York by contacting Skinner at sk.skinner66@gmail.com.