Ponoka singers with the Willan Chorale are heading to Carnegie Hall in New York City with other singers from the Edmonton area. The singers will take part in the Distinguished Concerts International New York and will join voices with singers from around the world. Pictured are Charmaine Arandez

Ponoka singers with the Willan Chorale are heading to Carnegie Hall in New York City with other singers from the Edmonton area. The singers will take part in the Distinguished Concerts International New York and will join voices with singers from around the world. Pictured are Charmaine Arandez

Local singers to perform at Carnegie Hall

Ponoka singers with the Willan Choral will soon be able to check ‘singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City’ off their bucket list.

Ponoka singers with the Willan Choral will soon be able to check ‘singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City’ off their bucket list.

The group is heading to New York City to perform Sunday, June 12 with 200 singers from choirs around the world, explained Warren Mack, conductor with the Willan Choral. He said the trip brings singers from a broader group of choirs in the area: The Choir of Robertson-Wesley United Church, United Voices of Edmonton and Knox-Metropolitan United Church.

The concert is part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York, says Mack, where singers will perform Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aerterna.

Mack had sent an audition tape to organizers and as it turned out, they liked the sample.

“It’s a really amazing opportunity,” said Mack of the trip.

He added that it will give everyone in the choirs a chance to enjoy New York City.

“A lot of dedicated team members worked for a year and a half to plan all the details. We’re all looking forward to sidewalk hot dog stands, Broadway musicals and shopping in the Big Apple,” said Mack.

“Everyone in the choirs from Ponoka and Edmonton is thrilled to be part of this once in a lifetime chance to sing with a large choir and symphony orchestra at such a prestigious venue.”