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Clearwater Chorus Ensemble Goes to Carnegie Hall!

Published: March 15, 2017

Yep, you read that correctly! Ruth Eckerd Hall's very own Clearwater Chorus Singers are proud to announce that this June, they will be traveling to New York City to sing at the legendary Carnegie Hall. A prestigious honor, indeed, as the chorus was specifically chosen by Manhattan Concert Productions to participate in this unique event. The Clearwater Chorus Singers and other select choirs from across the country will come together for a weekend of musicianship and education, culminating in a performance of Duruflé Requiem with the New York City Chamber Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor Karen Kennedy on Monday, June 19 at 8 pm. Want to hear the Chorus perform before they leave for the Big Apple? You're in luck! Visit the Murray Theatre at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, April 22 at 7pm for their fundraising performance! General admission tickets priced at $15. General admission tickets for students and military are $10.

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How long has the Clearwater Chorus been around? With more than 40 years of tradition, the Clearwater Chorus, the official adult chorus of Ruth Eckerd Hall’s Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts for more than 11 years, receives partial funding from the City of Clearwater. The Clearwater Chorus Singers is an auditioned group of singers from the Clearwater Chorus under the direction of Conductor Yohance Wicks. The Clearwater Chorus performs twice a year on the Main Stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall, throughout the community and is comprised of volunteer singers over the age of 19, with those over 55 predominating. The group has toured in Europe and appeared alongside the Florida Orchestra, Linda Eder, Andy Williams and John Tesh.

Planning to visit NYC in June? Come see our chorus perform at Carnegie Hall! Tickets are now available for purchase on the Carnegie Hall website.

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Watch Video - Clearwater Chorus Singers Perform "Sing Me To Heaven" by Daniel Gawthrop 

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“I am very proud of our ensemble that will be performing in New York,” said Yohance Wicks (in picture to the left), Director of the Choir. “We are very excited to represent Clearwater and the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at this once-in-a-lifetime event.”

Sharon Reid-Kane, Vice President of Education & Outreach for Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall said, "Mr. Wicks has done an outstanding job as Conductor of the Clearwater Chorus. They are now on par with other groups across the nation, ready for world renowned venues like Carnegie Hall. I am so proud of him and the choir members, and know this is the first of many extraordinary opportunities."

Interested in becoming a chorus member? Please call 727.712.2706 for more information.

About Manhattan Concert Productions
Manhattan Concert Productions is an esteemed production company in its 18th season that has provided opportunities to thousands of musicians in choirs, bands and orchestras that have performed at famous venues throughout the United States and many countries abroad.