Local choruses ready for NY weekend



More than 100 area students will spend part of Spring Break singing at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

Choral performers from Davidson Fine Arts School and Westminster Schools of Augusta will travel to New York City to perform at on the prestigious stages April 12 and 13 as part of Distinguished Concerts International New York.

“About a year and a half ago I received an invitation to take singers to New York to perform,” said Timothy Powell, Davidson’s choral director.

It will be Powell’s third performance as a choral director with Distinguished Concerts International, which produces classical concerts at the two venues. He took students in 2007 and again in 2011.

He invited Amy Turner’s Westminster chorus to join them.

Saturday, the students will perform “St. George and The Dragon” at Lincoln Center.

Powell wrote the music and poet Charles Anthony Silvestri wrote the text.

“The story of it is based off the Legend of St. George, who slayed the dragon and won the princess,” Powell said. “Except in our story, George is a teenager who doesn’t really fit into his armor yet, and the knight is actually a good guy. So George misinterprets what he sees and as a result learns not to judge a book by its cover.”

Davidson freshman Maya Brown said she is really looking forward to performing that piece.

“It’s fun. It tells a story,” she said. “Usually you don’t really know what you’re singing about, but here you know what you’re singing about.”

Sunday, the students will perform “Calling All Dawns” with two-time Grammy-award winning composer Christopher Tin.

“That piece is a 42-minute long piece and there’s going to be about 400 singers,” Powell said.

Tin’s album “Calling All Dawns” album won Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song “Baba Yetu,” which was also the first piece of music written for a video game to be nominated for or win a Grammy.

The students have been working on both pieces of music since the first day of school. They rehearsed together four times in Augusta and will rehearse again in New York before the performances.

Powell and Turner said the trip is a wonderful opportunity for their students.

“It is very exciting for them. A lot of them have never been to New York City,” Turner said. “It the first big trip for some of them. They are thrilled to sing in such a prestigious location.”

The groups will travel separately and both have sightseeing excursions planned, including attending a Broadway show.

“A large part of our time will be in rehearsal,” Turner said.

Davidson freshman India King said she is looking forward to the trip.

“I think it will be fun because I’ve never been before,” she said.



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