Choir Tour the Most Publicized Ever
The Choir started in the nation’s capital with two sold-out performances at the Music Center at Strathmore and the momentum built from there. The Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at New York’s Carnegie Hall was the hands-down favorite concert for most Choir and Orchestra members and the audience cheered for more. Singing on the legendary stage was an once-in-a-lifetime experience for the singers and instrumentalists. The Carnegie Hall program, which had a classical music emphasis in the first half and a combination of international and American music plus signature Choir anthems in the second, was very well received.
But Carnegie Hall was only one of the exciting venues. There was Bethel Woods with its nostalgic ties to Woodstock, Saratoga Springs with its many military guests, Yankee Stadium where the Choir opened the evening with the “Star Spangled Banner” in fitting patriotic fashion, and unforgettable West Point on the 4th of July.
The numbers are staggering: 3 airplanes, 11 busses, hotel rooms for 600, 4 trucks for wardrobe, instruments and luggage, lighting and sound technicians, media and stage crews. Not to mention 320 Choir members and 65 Orchestra members. The behind-the-scenes activity matched what was happening on stage. The two-week tour went off without incident other than some heroics from Mother Nature. Simply put, the 2015 Atlantic Coast tour was wildly successful.
Watch a review of some of the highlights here put together by a film crew from NBC-affiliate KSL TV imbedded with the Choir for most of the tour.