Chamber Singers’ gala expresses appreciation
The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa invite the Fairfield and southeast Iowa community to a free gala community appreciation evening at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Fairfield Arts & Convention Center’s Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts.
The event will celebrate the Chamber Singers’ Carnegie Hall debut in New York City in January and provide the group with an opportunity to appreciate everyone in the community who supported the musical adventure.
The evening will feature a presentation of the highlights of the Chamber Singers’ trip, a screening of the archival DVD of the Carnegie Hall concert, and a live performance by special guest artists Eugene Gaub on piano and Karen Aoki on flute, followed by a reception in the convention center lobby.
In June, the Chamber Singers were invited by Distinguished Concerts International-New York to join other select choirs from Norway, Italy, the U.K., and the U.S. to sing the New York premiere of Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen’s Requiem Jan. 16 in Carnegie Hall.
After months of preparation, the Chamber Singers were both exhilarated and humbled by the momentous experience of performing the Carnegie Hall concert premiere, according to Elaine Reding, director of the Chamber Singers.
“I was so impressed with our singers — how well they conducted themselves in rehearsal, how musically prepared they were, and how they excelled in rising to a new performance level under the direction of concert conductor Dr. James Meaders,” said Reding.
Meaders was equally complimentary to the Chamber Singers. In a letter he sent to Reding following the concert, he stated, “It was my privilege to work with such well-trained singers and I am sincerely grateful to you for such excellent preparation of your choir. Please convey my gratitude to your fine singers. I feel like I have friends now in Iowa and I hope to get there to hear one of your concerts sometime.”
As the concert began, the singers were overcome with awe and humility to look out from the stage at the spectacular view of Carnegie Hall, recognizing the beauty and historic significance of singing on the same stage where decades of the nation’s best singers and musicians had performed before them, said Reding.
The Chamber Singers are now part of that great tradition, she added.
The Chamber Singers are excited to share the inspiring achievement of their Carnegie Hall concert debut with the community and to express their overwhelming gratitude to everyone who supported the endeavor.
For information, visit www.FairfieldACC.com.