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MidAm Concert at Carnegie Hall on Monday, June 15, 2020, 8 PM.

Preliminary Information about WVC's participation in
MidAmerica Production's concert in Carnegie Hall 
on June 15th, 2020.

This page will be updated regularly as new information comes in.

NEW ==>  (1) The form for ordering discount tickets for the June 15th concert can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.   

Based on the informal show of hands at the rehearsal on Feb 18th, 
we will be sending about 70 singers to this concert.

Signups for the bus to rehearsals and the concert begins next Tuesday, March 3. 

Click here to see MidAm's schedule for concerts at Carnegie Hall in 2020.  Here is a link to Carnegie Hall's web page.

On Monday, June 15, MidAm will be putting on two concerts at Carnegie Hall: one at 1PM and the other (ours) at 8 PM.  These concerts follow MidAm's standard format where each concert consists of three "acts", each of about 35 - 40 minutes with about 10 minutes between "acts" to exchange choirs and reset the orchestra chairs.  Our concert has the following "acts" (MidAm will finalize the order later):

Act I:

JOHN RUTTER: The Sprig of Thyme
NOEL WEAVER, Conductor

Participating Choruses
Poteau High School Choir, Poteau, OK (Alisha Smedley, Director)  1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016*
Ballard High School Concert Choir, Louisville, KY (Noel Weaver, Director) 1998, 2003, 2006, 2011, 2016*
Lakeland Chorale, Wanaque, NJ (James Weber, Director) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019*
Great Lakes Youth Choir, Petoskey, MI (Kevin Wells, Director)

Act II:

1. ENNIO MORRICONE, arr. Lloyd Larson: Declare Your Maker’s Praise!
2. CRAIG COURTNEY: Come, Thou Fount
3. BRAHMS: How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (from A German Requiem)
4. CHESNOKOV: Salvation is Created
5. JAY ROUSE: Give Me Jesus
6. Arr. Mack Wilberg: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
7. JOEL RANEY: Hymn of Grateful Praise


Participating Choruses
Festival Singers, Campbell University Divinity School, Buies Creek, North Carolina (Larry G. Dickens, Director)
Chancel Choir and Friends, Hayes Barton Baptist Church, Raleigh, North Carolina (Larry G. Dickens, Director)

Warwick Valley Chorale, Warwick, NY (Stanley Curtis, Conductor).

Act III:

McCallum High School Band, Austin, TX  1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2013
Program to be Announced.
Carol Nelson, Director

Click Here for a blurb about our conductor, Larry Dickens of Campbell University.

This is a "guess-timated" schedule for NYC rehearsals and concert (MidAm will send us the "official" schedule later this Spring.)
   Tuesdays, May 19. 26 & June 2: 7:30 - 9:30 pm. Rehearsals at the Warwick Reformed Church - learn the Brahms and Rouse pieces.
   Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 - 9:30 pm:   Final tune up at Warwick Reformed Church.
   Saturday, June 13:  Rehearsal at a New York hotel tba.  (Typically these rehearsals are at the NY Grand Hyatt on 42nd Street.)
                                       Bus pick up at the Warwick Police Station (*) - departs no later than tba am. (+)
                                       tba: Report to rehearsal room at the hotel
                                       Rehearsal: about 4 hours.
                                       After rehearsal Bus returns to Warwick.
   Sunday, June 14:  Rehearsal at a New York hotel.
                                       Bus pick up at the Warwick Police Station (*) - departs no later than tba am. (+)
                                       tba: Report to rehearsal room at the hotel
                                       Rehearsal: about 4 hours.
                                       After rehearsal Bus returns to Warwick.
   Monday, June 15: Final rehearsal on stage at Carnegie Hall.
                                        Bus pick up at the Warwick Police Station(*) - departs no later than tba. (+)
                                        Report to the Backstage Entrance (161 W. 56th St.) no later than tba 
                                               and proceed to the tba Orchestra Room
                                               where we will wait, warm up, line up and be escorted to the stage for the dress rehearsal.
                                        Plan on having a light dinner in the area around Carnegie Hall (7th Ave at 57th St.)
   Monday, June 15,  8pm: Concert in Carnegie Hall featuring  
                                        Chorus Call: ~7 PM in Orchestra Room tba
                                                 where we will wait, line up, warm up and proceed to the stage for 
                                                 our part of the 8:00 pm concert of these pieces. 
                                        Concert attire: same as what we wore to our May concerts. 
                                                  It is possible to change into/out of concert attire at Carnegie Hall,
                                                  but many people keep it simple and wear their concert attire all day!
                                        Bus departs Carnegie Hall after the concert at about 10:30 PM.
                                        The traditional, always fantastic, post-performance party on the bus!                                                 
                                        Bus arrival in Warwick will be about at midnight.


Bus info: WVC's Treasurer, Amelia DiCarlo, is finalizing the details on the bus for taking WVC members to/from NYC rehearsals and the concert.  Sign-ups for the bus will commence on March 3rd.  Stay tuned for announcements pertaining to signing up, costs, and bus schedules.

Ticket Information:  Tickets for family and friends: 
NEW ==>  (1) The form for ordering discount tickets for the main floor area and the 1st two tiers of box seats at  Carnegie Hall.
                             You can view, download and print this form from the bottom of this page.                                 
                             This form will also be available at rehearsals.  Deadline for discounted tickets is May 20, 2020.
                             Also you can order discounted tickets online at   Event Code: JUN15E. 
                  (2) After April 15th tickets for the balcony sections (which are less expensive) will go on sale 
                              at the Carnegie Hall Box Office: or by calling 212-247-7800.

WVC singers on concert day - April 23rd, 2018.
(*) The bus pickup/drop off is the roadway just off of Kings Highway between Public Works Road and the Warwick Police Station.

Look for the snow plow at the intersection of Public Works Road and Kings Highway ==>



From MidAmerica's Concert Info Sheet (last year):
Rehearsals in NYC
° Rehearsals must begin on time.
° All performers must have a pencil during each rehearsal.
° Extensive rehearsals at home greatly enhance the quality of the performance in New York. Remember, this is your concert.
° There is only one rehearsal at Carnegie Hall -  the dress rehearsal. 
Carnegie Hall
° No photos are to be taken by group members in Carnegie Hall. This includes flash and non-flash photographs, and videos. Carnegie Hall is a union hall and prohibits unauthorized photographs or recordings of any kind. There are no exceptions to this rule of the hall.
° The dressing rooms in Carnegie Hall are very cramped, but we must have patience and “make do,” as all other artists have done in the hall’s 100+year history. 
° Although there will be a security guard at the backstage door, we (MAP) recommend performers bring only what they need, and we advise against leaving valuables unattended backstage.
° Upon entering the building, all performers should act like professionals.
° Please be advised that there will be some climbing of stairs. Dressing rooms are on the 1st and 3rd floors, with the stage level on the 2nd floor. All possible effort will be made to convey to their proper places those who have difficulty with stairs.
° Ensembles will be led directly onstage, and escorted directly offstage. No one is allowed in the stage area before or after the performance.
Concert Attire 
° Concert dress for WVC members is black over black for the ladies and tuxedos or black/dark suits/black bow ties for the men.  All: black folder.
 However, there are some restrictions:
° Please do not wear sparkling jewels on stage. The stage lights reflecting off your jewelry will cause visual distractions to the audience.
° Because of the closeness of the performers, please do not wear hair spray or cologne.
° Please be sure to turn off all beeping watches and cell phones.
° Because there is a good deal of walking and standing on the day of the dress rehearsal and performance, it is very important to wear comfortable (and black) shoes!  For those that need it, there will be chairs provided on stage at Carnegie Hall.

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Feb 21, 2020, 9:14 AM