While others are preparing their Thanksgiving feasts, members of the Napa Methodist Church choir will be on their way to New York City and Carnegie Hall, where they will participate in a performance of Joseph Martin’s “Appalachian Winter.”
The Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presentation is on Nov. 27.
“We’re very excited to be part of this experience with DCINY at Carnegie Hall,” said Jan Lanterman, director of the Napa choir. “We have 21 members of the Cathedral Choir at Napa Methodist Church making the trip, along with eight spouses and family members. We held rehearsals on the music over the summer and have been doing some brush-up work in the time between now and our departure.”
“We were excited to learn that the composer will be conducting the rehearsals and performance, and that we will be accompanied by the Grammy Award-winning bluegrass ensemble, Dailey & Vincent,” Lanterman said.
Martin will also serve as clinician for a five-day residency as the group rehearses in New York.
To receive an invitation, the choir had to go through an intensive audition process; they were selected by members of the DCINY artistic board.
Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director of the DCINY, said, “The Napa Methodist Church 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.”
Noting that “it’s quite an honor to be invited to perform in New York,” he added, “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for their community.”
The singers will spend five days in New York, as they rehearse for their concert. “Not all the time is spent in rehearsal since there is so much to see in New York,” Griffith said.