Barnard-Columbia Chorus to sing at Carnegie Hall tomorrow night
Legendary musicians Judy Garland, Shirley Bassey, and Stevie Ray Vaughan have all given memorable performances at Carnegie Hall, and tomorrow night, the Barnard-Columbia Chorus will have their turn. The choristers will sing Bach’s B-Minor Mass—a two to two-and-a-half hour piece—at the prestigious music venue at 8:00 pm to benefit the people of Haiti.
The chorus has sung in other venues before—like our local Riverside Church—but never at Carnegie Hall, which boasts a main hall with over 2,500 seats on five different levels. For this concert, the chorus self-selected 40 singers from their usual 65 members because they are teaming up with another choir, “L’Ensemble Médical” from Munich, Germany, a chorus composed entirely of doctors in the spirit of the concert’s beneficiary: Doctors Without Borders.
Director Gail Archer has been preparing the Barnard-Columbia Chorus with mandatory rehearsals since October, so they have spent some time learning the music. “We would love if we had an audience of 1,000 or 1,500 people,” Archer said. “That’s what the presenters are hoping for. We’d love it if 500 or 600 students came.”
So, Columbians, get in your fancies tomorrow night and head down to Carnegie Hall to see your peers sing at a New York City landmark. Tickets are on sale here. Tickets range from $15 to $30, but Barnard and Columbia students get a special $10 ticket offer by using the code LEM11259.
Carnegie Hall is located at 881 7th Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets.
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