Auburn University choir students to sing at Carnegie Hall

AUBURN – Students from the Auburn University choirs will perform at New York’s Carnegie Hall on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m.

A group of 23 Auburn students will participate in the performance. Together they represent each of Auburn’s six choral ensembles: Chamber Choir, Women’s Chorus, Men’s Chorus, Gospel Choir, Vocal Chamber Ensemble and the AU Singers. William Powell, director of choral activities at Auburn, will direct them for part of the performance.

The students were invited by MidAmerica Productions, which currently sponsors more guest concerts in Carnegie Hall than any other company, to be a part of their 2009 Carnegie Hall Concert Series.

‘The significance of this invitation speaks very highly of the Auburn University music department,” Powell said. “Since we currently do not have a performing arts facility on our campus, it is especially rewarding for the students to have the opportunity to perform not only with other fine musicians from around the country, but also in one of our country’s greatest musical landmarks.”

The students will collaborate with several other college, high school, community and church choirs from around the country. They will also be accompanied by a resident orchestra, the New England Symphonic Ensemble, to perform a 40-minute concert which will include two works by Franz J. Haydn, “Te Deum” and “Missa Brevis St. Joannis de Deo,” also referred to as “Little Organ Mass.”

The Auburn group recently performed at two City of Auburn events, for which the mayor’s office gave it an honorarium to apply toward the trip to New York.

“We are most thankful for the support we have received from parents, regular supporters, friends and the City of Auburn mayor’s office,” Powell said.

For more information on the concert and to purchase tickets, visit http://www.midamerica-music.com/carnegie/carnegie_ticket.htm.

(Written by Lisa Marshall.)

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu),
or William Powell, (334) 663-1071 (powelwc@auburn.edu)