BPC Concert Choir and Choral Society preview Carnegie Hall debut
|The BPC Concert Choir and Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Sonja Sepulveda, perform selections from their upcoming Carnegie Hall debut, Sunday, June 27, 2010. This special concert March 21 in Saliba Chapel (Photos by Norman Winter)
By Kelley M. Arnold
BPC Director of News & Public Information
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s Concert Choir and Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Sonja Sepulveda, previewed their Carnegie Hall debut performance in a special concert Sunday, March 21 in Saliba Chapel on the Mount Vernon campus.
The combined ensemble performed selections from John Rutter’s “Requiem”, which the BPC choir has been invited to perform at the famed performance venue in New York City on Sunday, June 27, 2010. BPC student musicians and faculty shared their excited of this rare priviledge with concert attendees Sunday.
Carnegie Hall is known as the premier performance venue for emerging and established artists throughout the United States, and has hosted legendary musicians from Isaac Stern to Luciano Pavarotti to Bobby McFerrin and more. Literally considered hallowed ground for all musicians, this magical hall will host BPC Concert Choir and friends in a series of two performances.
The first will feature BPC musicians alone in concert performing specially prepared repertoire designed to show their talents in the best possible light.
|The BPC Concert Choir and Choral Society will make their Carnegie Hall debut, Sunday, June 27, 2010.
The second will offer the students the unprecedented honor and privilege of working with one of today’s most renowned composers and conductors, John Rutter. Recognized internationally as a composer of the first rank, Rutter is one of the leading proponents of sacred choral music in the world today. Under his expert leadership, the BPC Concert Choir and friends will perform Rutter’s hauntingly beautiful “Requiem”.
Dr. Sonja Sepulveda directs the concert choir and is thrilled for the students and choir to receive this “once in a lifetime” opportunity.
“The opportunity to sing in New York at the famous Carnegie Hall will be life changing for the students of Brewton Parker College,” explains Dr. Sepulveda. “This will be a first for many; first time on a plane, first time in New York, first time on the Carnegie Hall stage, and first time working with British composer John Rutter.
“Many times life offers us those moments that redefine our world and how we view ourselves. This concert will do this for many of the singers in the Concert Choir. This year they will be overcoming money barriers, reaching outside their comfort zone, and sharing their passion and love for music. I am proud to lead them as their conductor to this special new world of music and performance,” she continues.
“(I give) a heartfelt thank you to Brewton Parker and her leaders for their support. The saying goes, ‘How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice.’ The choir will certainly be doing that for the next nine months. Come and see us June 27, 2010!”
The choir and friends are currently fundraising to help cover the cost of the trip. Contact the Division of Music for more information: 912-583-3136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A few of the BPC Concert Choir’s recent performances are available for viewing on the college’s YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/brewtonparkercollege.
Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.