Cardinal Chorale set for Carnegie concert

By Gayle Bustamante


  After spending months raising money and practicing, the Cardinal Chorale is heading to New York this month to sing at Carnegie Hall.

  Fifty-nine members of the chorale – under the direction of Professor Bill Gokelman, head of the music department — will leave Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25, for the 2 p.m. Nov. 28 performance in the Carnegie’s Isaac Stern Auditorium on the Ronald O. Perelman Stage.

   “This is a wonderful opportunity that does not come every day,” said Dr. Bob Connelly, dean of the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. “This is a sign that the music department is doing well and I am very proud of Mr. Gokelman and the students.”

   Since 1891, performing at New York’s Carnegie Hall has been considered a prestigious honor.

Ten years ago, the Cardinal Chorale performed with five other choirs at Carnegie. This show will feature a band, an orchestra, and one choir — the Cardinal Chorale. The group will perform five different pieces, which include a French, Cuban and Venezuelan number, an American Christmas carol and an African American slave chant.

   The road to Carnegie Hall began nearly a year ago. A week after submitting an audition CD, the group received an invitation to perform last December. Making the trip required nearly $110,000 and a lot of fund-raising to pay the costs in five installments before Sept. 15.

  Group members sold Entertainment books, held cookie sales and a raffle for an all-expense-paid trip for two people to New York with the Cardinal Chorale.

  Once the concert is over, the group will take in the sights and sounds of the Big Apple before leaving Nov. 29. But the reason the Cardinal Chorale is going is memorable enough.

   “To perform in one of the world’s most famous stages is a thrill,” Gokelman said.

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