NMSU Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall Easter Sunday; Will host Local Performance March 22

The New Mexico State University Singers have been invited to perform at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on Easter Sunday, March 27, as part of the Gotham SINGS! Collegiate Choral Showcase.

“Carnegie Hall is the most recognizable performance venue in the country – performing there is an opportunity of a lifetime,” said John Flanery, director of choral studies at NMSU and University Singers conductor.

University Singers is comprised of NMSU’s top vocalists. The mixed group of 30 performs music from all time periods and genres, and has toured internationally to Spain, Germany, Austria, England and Italy.

The ensemble’s 40-minute Carnegie Hall program will include music from Tomás Luis de Victoria, Samuel Scheidt, Stephen Paulus, James Mulholland and Arvo Part. The ensemble will also premiere a new piece in Arabic, titled “Bes Inshafat Bi Jamal,” which was written by a former student of Flanery’s and dedicated to the choir.

Nancy Joy, NMSU associate professor of music in the College of Arts and Sciences, will travel to New York with the ensemble to offer French horn accompaniment for a portion of the program.

The Collegiate Choral Showcase also will include the Iowa State Singers, Southern Chorale from the University of Southern Mississippi and Tarleton State University’s Chamber Choir. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. on Carnegie Hall’s Perelman Stage in Stern Auditorium.

While in New York City, the University Singers will attend a showing of “Les Miserables” on Broadway, sing at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and visit the National 9/11 Memorial and Statue of Liberty.

“Traveling is always a great experience for college students and choirs,” Flanery said. “It gives us the opportunity to bond, share our music and live outside of our environment.”

In preparation for the Easter Sunday performance, NMSU Choral Activities will present the “Countdown to Carnegie” farewell concert at7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at Atkinson Recital Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, and are available in the front office of the Music Center or by calling 575-646-2067.

Author: Dana Beasley – NMSU