Members of the Chetek Lutheran Chancel Choir had a successful trip to New York City, N.Y., where they joined a 250-member choir and performed a Christmas cantata at the prestigious Carnegie Hall on Nov. 17.
The concert, titled “Sing! Christmas Dreams,” showcased the works of Joseph Martin and Heather Sorenson. Last year, the local chancel choir performed Martin’s cantata “Christmas Dreams” at Chetek Lutheran Church. The concert was produced by Distinguished Concerts International New York.
The Carnegie Hall concert took everything to another level, said Chetek Lutheran Chancel Choir director Bruce Kamrath.
“This surpassed our wildest expectations. The rehearsals were intense to say the least but the end result was nothing short of incredible,” Kamrath said. “Two-hundred-fifty strong voices along with a professional orchestra and performing in the acoustic marvel that is Carnegie Hall was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
The trip to New York was four days long, which included four days of rigorous rehearsals lasting 4 hours or more. Sixteen singers went.
But when not rehearsing, choir members got the chance to attend other musicals, plays and performances in the city. They saw “Hamilton,” “Wicked,” “Beetlejuice,” “Waitress,” the Rocketts at Radio City Music Hall, a performance of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, “The Lion King,” the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Central Park and more.
Kamrath noted that when they arrived La Guardia Airport, local American Airlines captain Tim Knutson gave a tour of one of the airport towers and provided pizza from his favorite N.Y. pizza place, Sunnyside Pizza.
For most of the time, the group stayed at the Park Central Hotel, across from Carnegie Hall.
Following the performance on the evening of Nov. 17, the choir was treated to a dinner reception at Brasserie 8 1/2, where they migled with other performers and greeted by Martin, Sorenson and DCINY staff.