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UM Concert Singers to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Choral students will travel to New York City for once-in-a-lifetime performance

APRIL 4, 2018 BY ANNA HERD

The University of Mississippi Concert Singers are set to perform twice this weekend in New York City, including a Sunday concert at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Kevin Bain

The University of Mississippi Concert Singers are set to perform twice this weekend in New York City, including a Sunday concert at Carnegie Hall. Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Communications

The University of Mississippi Concert Singers will travel to New York City to perform in the world-famous Carnegie Hall this weekend.

The Concert Singers were invited to perform at 8 p.m. Sunday (April 8) by Distinguished Concerts International. The group will be singing a wide range of pieces, including classics, contemporary pieces and Mississippi originals.

“My goal is to provide Ole Miss choir students with a comprehensive choral experience, which includes performing in a variety of acoustical environments in historical churches and concert halls,” said Don Trott, director of choral activities and UM professor of music. “Carnegie Hall is certainly the world’s most famous concert hall.”

Previous travel experiences for the Concert Singers have included tours to Europe, with performances in Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany and Hungary.

While in New York, the Concert Singers also are to perform a program of sacred repertoire on the concert series at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, at 4 p.m. Friday (April 6). The choir also will attend two Broadway musicals and participate in sightseeing activities.

“The singers have worked extremely hard in preparation for this unique opportunity,” Trott said. “The music department and the university will benefit from the exposure of having Ole Miss students performing on this world-renowned stage.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase these talented singers promoting one of the great aspects about our university.”

The opportunity to perform at Carnegie Hall “will be an inspiring and thrilling experience for our students,” said Robert Riggs, UM chair of music.

“Knowing that they have the honor of appearing at Carnegie Hall will energize them to work and to strive for the highest possible level of excellence in their performance.”