FV Festival Chorus to perform at Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day

By on May 26, 2013

NEW YORK CITY—Members of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus will perform at Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, at 8 p.m. One year ago, Naperville resident and IMSA Instrumental Music Director Mary Beth McCarthy, the director of the Chorus, received a formal invitation to perform John Rutter’s Requiem under the direction of Rutter himself. Even McCarthy will have the opportunity to step aside from her traditional role of conducting the Chorus and sing as a member.

The group will join seven other groups from throughout the country and the New England Symphonic Ensemble on the Perelman Stage in the Isaac Stern Auditorium.

In preparation for the concert, the Chorus starting rehearsing in September 2012, in addition to presenting two local performances in April 2013. Once they arrive in New York City, the singers will rehearse for three days in order to be ready for their big Carnegie Hall debut.

When they are not rehearsing, members will have the opportunity to attend Broadway plays and sightsee. But once they return to Illinois, they will put the finishing touches on the aptly named spring pops concert, “From Broadway to the Big Screen,” which will feature Broadway show tunes that started out as stage musicals and ended up as movies.

Additional information about the Chorus or the concerts is available by email at foxvalleyfc@gmail.com or online www.foxvalleyfc.org.