Florence choir performs at Carnegie Hall
Members from the Chancel Choir at First Presbyterian Church performed in a special Memorial Day program at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Members were invited to sing, joining other choirs across the United States, said Ann Rodgers Chandler, Director of Music at First Presbyterian. They studied with the well-known English composer John Rutter, who conducted the evening concert on Memorial Day, May 28. Rutter has written sacred and choral works and also was the composer of “This Is The Day” for the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Several members of the choir are longtime faithful members in the choir at First Presbyterian, and they practice weekly throughout the year. In preparation of the program, the choir worked on Rutter’s Requiem.
Among those from the choir performing at Carnegie Hall were Charlie Bazen, Curt Boswell, Joyce Dalsbo, Brandon Frost, Elizabeth Frost, Linda Jacobs, Fred Kunz, Lee Nunn, Stuart Snow, Mary Lynn van Witzenburg, and Ann Rodgers Chandler.
While in New York, they rehearsed daily leading up to the concert. The trip ended with a celebration cruise around the New York Harbor.