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Alb. Civic Chorus Invited to Sing at Carnegie Hall

posted May 3, 2006

Chorus Invited To Carnegie Hall

The Albuquerque Civic Chorus has been honored by an invitation to sing at Carnegie Hall on Sunday May 27, 2007 (Memorial Day weekend). The Chorus will join with 5 or 6 other invited choruses for a 5-day stay in New York, culminating in a performance in Carnegie Hall conducted by Dr. Lee Kjelson, Professor Emeritus of Choral Studies at the University of Miami, and accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble. The Civic Chorus’ director, Vera Kleinhenz, is a former student of Dr. Kjelson.

In order to make this concert a reality for all members, the Chorus will be launching a major fundraising drive. While some singers will pay their own way, others will need help in meeting the financial requirements of this trip. Chorus membership consists of a true cross-section of Albuquerque, with members ranging from young adults with children to retirees on fixed incomes. As a community chorus, the group is resolved to leave no member behind because of an inability to meet costs. The Civic Chorus will be asking for the help from all of Albuquerque, including civic organizations and businesses.

The spring concerts of the Albuquerque Civic Chorus are scheduled for Friday May 19th and Saturday, May 20th at 7:30 PM at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 9100 Menaul NE. Tickets are $5.00 and are available for purchase from all Chorus members or at the door. The program will consist of spirituals and gospel music, including several arrangements of traditional spirituals by the director. Also featured will be the Albuquerque premier of an arrangement of “Amazing Grace” by UNM student David Shon Emery. Music selections include Moses Hogan’s “Elijah Rock”, Robert Ray’s “He Never Failed Me Yet”, and William Dawson’s “Soon Ah Will Be Done” and Ain’a That Good News”. The Chorus will gratefully accept any donations from the audience to help kick off the Carnegie Hall fund raising campaign.

The Albuquerque Civic Chorus has a long history in this City. It began in 1934 as the “Albuquerque Choral Society” and for many years was supported as part of the City’s recreation programs. More recently, it has emerged as an independent musical organization, financed through a combination of member dues, tickets sales, program advertising and fund-raising activities. Musical repertoire covers the range from classical to folk, jazz, and Broadway. Each season the Chorus presents two formal concerts, but can also be heard at public venues around Albuquerque, including the Biopark and the Sunport. As part of its community outreach, the group tries each year to help other non-profits in their fund-raising activities. In recent years, these outreach efforts have aided such groups as Manzano del Sol Assisted Living, Highland High School Chorus, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

The Chorus is non-auditioned and membership is open to any adult willing to commit the time required for rehearsals and performances. New members are welcome each September and January, at the start of the Chorus’ season. Because of the time schedule involved in organizing the New York trip, anyone wishing to join the Chorus at Carnegie Hall will be required to sign up in September and commit to the entire year’s concert schedule. For more information, contact the Chorus president at 897-1998, email, or visit the ACC website:

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