Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Facebook photo)

Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Facebook photo)

Community choristers headed to Carnegie Hall

May 19, around 27 locals will be in a unique concert with 150 other singers from around the world.

Mention Carnegie Hall and most people with any interest in great music will at least have an idea of what you are talking about.

The hall was built more than 125 years ago at the behest of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie and has become one of the world’s most famous concert sites for classical and popular music.

In some ways it has become a mecca for musicians and next May 19, around 27 locals will have the chance to participate in a unique concert when they get together with around 150 other singers from around the world to present Requiem for the Living by noted composer Dan Forrester.

Sharon Carrington has been to Carnegie Hall and is excited about the chance to perform in such a legendary venue.

“It’s almost sacred ground for anyone in arts or theater,” she said.

The planned work has been around a fairly short time but has quickly become one of the most performed pieces internationally, being done more than 100 times in the first year after it’s composition.

There is a lot of experience among the locals who range in age from mid 20s to mid 70s.

“Some of them have done formal studies in music and some of them just love to sing,” said Carrington of the local performers who have been practising around eight months in preparation for their trek to the Big Apple.

The Nova Borealis music group has been around for over 20 years. Currently they are on a bit of a break as they get ready for the Bulkley Valley Community Christmas Choirs on Dec. 1-3. The presentation is called Joyous Noel and will take place at the Christian Reform Church on Walnut Dive in Smithers.

Following the Holiday season hiatus, the group will get back to practicing for Requiem for the Living as the countdown for the big trip accelerates.