Famed ChoruS of East Providence to Perform in NYC Carnegie Hall
The Chorus of East Providence has been Invited to perform in New York City’s Carnegie Hall with The King’s Singers. In a late March press release, 'Distinguished Concerts International of New York City' (DCINY) announced that "Ms. Beth Armstrong and The ChoruS of East Providence have been invited to participate on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City as part of The King’s Singers Reunion Concert." The performance at Carnegie Hall is on Sunday, April 22, 2018. "These outstanding musicians will join with other choristers to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. "Conductors Bob Chilcott and Simon Carrington will lead the performance and will serve as the clinician for the residency."
In their Press Release, DCINY explains why the East Providence ChoruS was invited. Dr. Jonathan Griffith, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor for DCINY states that “The ChoruS of East Providence 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.
It is quite an honor 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.”
"It is such an honor to be invited and to especially get the chance to perform with the King's Singers," said ChoruS President Sandra Medeiros. Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season, the group tours regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia, and Australasia. Instantly recognizable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers.
Organizing the event and trip are President Sandra Medeiros and Judy Antonio Past President. Both Medeiros and Antonio are former chorus students at East Providence High School under the tutelage of former Music Director Richard Fairbanks. Fairbanks occasionally returns as a guest conductor for the group. "This is a four night five day once in a lifetime experience for our choristers. Needless to say we are so excited and honored!" Medeiros told The Reporter.
The singers will spend 5 days and 4 nights in New York City in preparation for their concert. “The singers will spend approximately 9-10 hours in rehearsals over the 5 day residency.” says 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 Ms. Sandy Medieros at (401) 486-5443 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 Spring Concert titled “The American Song” is programmed for May 6th and May 7th at East Providence High School. "The Chorus looks forward to performing and celebrating with the community throughout the year," said Medeiros.
The 'ChoruS of East Providence has been celebrating ten years of singing together under the direction of Beth Armstrong, and will also join the American Celebration of Music in Europe with performances in the historical country of Ireland during the month of July.