Twenty singers from the Choral Society of West Georgia will be performing at New York’s Lincoln Center this month.
The group is currently preparing to perform under the direction of internationally renown choral composer and conductor Rene Clausen, and will be joined by a nationally assembled choir of approximately 125 singers in the premiere debut of Clausen’s newest work “Te Deum,” Latin for “We Praise Thee O God.”
“This is a tremendous honor not only for the Choral Society but for our entire community,” said Elizabeth W. Biggs, artistic director of the Choral Society of West Georgia.
Clausen is a well-known composer and arranger, having written over 100 commissioned compositions including “Memorial,” which he conducted at the Lincoln Center to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and “Crying for a Dream” for the American Choral Directors Association.
Biggs said she worked with Clausen during two separate summer director residencies at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota. Clausen is the head of choral studies and director of the famed Concordia College choir and through that connection, Briggs received the invitation to bring the singers to participate in the world premiere performance in New York.
The performance, scheduled for Memorial Day with a full orchestra, will take place in the famed Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City; The choir will also perform Clausen’s arrangement of “Sure On This Shining Night” and his re-orchestrated version of Cecil Effinger’s “America the Beautiful.”
The group will spend five days and four nights in NYC in preparation for the concert and about 10 hours in rehearsals over the course of the trip.
“It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for Distinguished Concerts International New York City in a press release. “These wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the entire community. This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”