Thirty young singers from the Campbell River Children’s Choir will be traveling to New York this spring to sing at the famed Carnegie Hall.
After auditioning, the group of 12-18 year olds was invited by adjudicators to perform at the April Choral Festival.
“The expectations are high,” said choral director Barbara Prowse. “The singers are expected to arrive with the music perfectly learned and ready to perform. The world class conductors will put the final touches on the music and then it’s on with the show.”
The group will travel from April 11-17, with their April 15 Carnegie Hall performance featuring nine pieces of music – “everything from Mozart and Haydn to gospel,” Prowse said.
In addition to preparing their music, which consists of a variety of styles chosen by the festival conductors, the group is busy raising funds for the trip.
The singers have already sung carols, bagged groceries, sold chocolates, worked out at Zumba, and collected bottles.
The choir is hosting a fundraiser for the trip on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m., at Johnny’s Bar and Lounge.
The semi-formal evening will feature and appetizer buffet, door prizes, a silent auction, music trivia, dancing and more.
Only 70 tickets are available for $25 each. Tickets can be purchased at Johnny’s Bar and Lounge or Discovery Laser.
The Campbell River Children’s Choir is a registered charitable organization which has been active for more than 25 years. The choir has previously performed at venues across Canada, the U.S., Great Britain and Cuba.
“When you are performing on one of the greatest concert stages in the world, you have to be equal to the experience,” Prowse said.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we intend to be ready and to make Campbell River proud.”