For 40 young Rio Rancho High school choristers, it may just be the performance of a lifetime – and they haven’t even graduated from high school yet!
The students from “little New York” (a nickname for Rio Rancho in its early years, when many residents moved here from the Empire State) are headed to the Big Apple to sing in the “Super Bowl” of concert venues – Carnegie Hall. They’ll join other musicians from around the world on November 18 to perform Morten Lauridesn’s “Lux Aeterna” as part of the Distinguished Concerts International of New York City’s concert series. The conductor will be Bradley Ellingboe, who from 1985 to 2015 was a professor of music and director of choral activities at the University of New Mexico.
The choir students and their chaperones will be in New York for several days before the concert to rehearse, but it won’t be all work. There will be some time for students to take in the sights including the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the 9/11 Memorial and to take in a Broadway performance of “Phantom of the Opera.”
The Rio Rancho High Concert Choir are the defending 6A state choir champions and have performed at Disneyland, Sea World, in Huntington Beach, Dallas, and atop Pikes Peak. They were last year’s New Mexico Music Educators Honor Choir.
The trip will cost each student approximately $2,000, and financial support is gratefully accepted. Contact the choir boosters or Choir Director Becky Talbott at 962-9430 or at email@example.com.