The 40-voice Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC) Choir, under the direction of Marcus Denton, is proud and excited to announce that it is one of only four choirs in the nation invited to participate in a clinic and performance at the historic Carnegie Hall in New York City April 3-7, 2017. The choirs will perform John Rutter’s Requiem in the Stern Auditorium. The total cost of the trip is estimated at $72,000, or $1,800 per student, including travel, event registration, and hotel. Each student will contribute $750, or $30,000 total, toward that cost, and the college, with support from the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation, will raise the balance of $42,000.
This once-in-a-lifetime trip for CGCC’s students is organized by MidAmerica Productions, which has presented 33 seasons of events in the Carnegie’s Stern Auditorium, Weill Recital Hall, and Zankel Hall. Those events have included performers from the U.S. and abroad, premieres of new works, chamber music concerts, and choral groups, including 130 youth and collegiate orchestras, collegiate bands, jazz bands, and wind ensembles. The Rutter Requiem, described as mournful and consoling, was written after his father’s death. Rutter utilizes a choir with orchestral accompaniment and a soprano soloist in this composition, which lasts 35 – 40 minutes.
To begin their trip, the choir will fly to New York City on Monday, April 3, 2017 and then will engage in daily musical clinics and rehearsals prior to their performance on April 6. They return to Phoenix April 7, changed forever by this experience of performing the work of “one of the world’s most-performed choral composers,” in one of the most famous, acoustically unique, and best concert halls in the world.