The Junction City High School Chamber Choir will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity this weekend, when the choir participates in a performance of the Music of Eric Whitacre on the DCINY Concert Series in New York City April 16.
They will join with other musicians such as themselves to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, what officials with the concert have called a choir of distinction. Composer Eric Whitacre himself will lead the performance. He serve as the clinician for the residency.
“The Chamber Choir received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording,” Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY, said. “It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York. These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”
The group will spend five days and four nights in New York City while preparing to perform in the concert and learning from Whitacre.
According to Griffith, singers who take part in this concert will spend roughly nine to 10 hours a day rehearsing over the five days they spend in residency in New York.
“Not all of the time is spent in rehearsals, since there is so much history and culture to see in New York City,” he said “However, the performance is the primary purpose for their visit to the city.”
Whitacre’s music is notoriously complex and very contemporary, according to an interview conducted with JCHS Vocal Music Director Michael Brown after this event was announced last year.
“He’s the LeBron James of choral music,” Brown said.