A dozen members of Kings Chorale recently travelled to New York City to make our debut at Carnegie Hall! We were part of a larger choir participating in a DCINY program that brings singers from all over the world together for a weekend to prepare and perform large choral works with orchestra. Choirs in this performance came from all over the United States as well as Ireland and South Africa. Two works were performed: the US premiere of Gloria by Karl Jenkins as well as his Stabat Mater. Our choir was involved in the Gloria and sang a few “bits” of the Stabat Mater from the boxes in Carnegie Hall. It was interesting to watch as the audience began to look around for the source of this ethereal sound seeming to emanate from the heavens.

Karl Jenkins, a Welsh composer, put in an appearance, talked about his work, and signed many autographs!

As usual with these events, people made new friends and experienced new levels of music making!

Of course, it wasn’t all music! There was shopping, Broadway shows, shopping, the Opera, shopping, museum visits, shopping, the Empire State building, shopping, Grand Central Station, shopping, and a fabulous reception after the performance. Did I mention shopping?

All in all it was a wonderful trip. We all returned home exhausted but exhilarated!