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“Voices of Action” - the GRAMMY® Award-winning National Children's Chorus’ solo debut concert at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

May 06 | Sat |
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The GRAMMY® Award-winning National Children's Chorus (NCC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Luke McEndarfer and Associate Artistic Director Dr. Pamela Blackstone, presents "Voices of Action, Creating a World of Belonging," the organization’s solo debut concert at Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The young singers, ages 10-18, joining together from the NCC’s seven Chapter Cities, will perform music from many cultures and countries, including world premieres of "Diya Jalein" by Gaayatri Kaundinya - set in Hindi and celebrating Diwali - and the beloved Spanish-language lullaby "A La Nanita Nana" by Carlos Cordero.

The Carnegie concert offers a preview of works that the students will record at Abbey Road Studios in London this summer for an upcoming holiday music album to be released on Apple Music and all streaming services toward the end of 2023. They’ll sing “Betelehemu" the Nigerian carol set in the Yoruba language and arranged by Andy Beck; "I Dream a World" by André J. Thomas - with lyrics by the great Langston Hughes, as well as works by Sharon Farber, Ola Gjeilo, and Eric Whitacre. The students will be led from the podium by Luke McEndarfer, Dr. Pamela Blackstone, Dr. Allan Laiño, and Dr. Nicholas Nicassio.

The National Children’s Chorus provides unparalleled training to more than 1,000 students, comprising 30 choirs based in the chapter cities of Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Austin, Dallas and Boston. NCC's gifted vocalists engage in a superlative regimen that includes an extensive musicianship curriculum. Classes in opera, diction, auditioning skills, Kodály Method, Dalcroze Eurythmics, advanced composition, and artistic conducting create a uniquely diverse environment, allowing students to explore and choose areas of specialization. In July, the National Children's Chorus will perform in a London concert with the world-renowned VOCES8 at the historic St John's Smith Square as part of its 7th international tour to the United Kingdom. More than 500 participants will travel on the tour which includes concerts in Edinburgh, Wales, and London. At the conclusion of the tour, the NCC will record at Abbey Road Studios and AIR Studios.

In August, the National Children's Chorus hosts its 3rd Vail Opera Camp, led by NCC Alumnus and GRAMMY® Nominee Johnathan McCullough. Students will perform the comedic opera “The Tinker of Tivoli” by Michael Jacobsen and Danielle Sinclair, set in the style of a Rossini comic opera and featuring a score drawn from Rossini’s operas “The Barber of Seville” and “La Cenerentola”.

Venue: Carnegie Hall

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