CLEARWATER – Clearwater Chorus Singers, an auditioned group from the Clearwater Chorus at Ruth Eckerd Hall, will be traveling to New York City to sing at the legendary Carnegie Hall in June.
Manhattan Concert Productions, the presenting organization, specifically chose the chorus 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 p.m.
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.
“I am very proud of our ensemble that will be performing in New York,” said Yohance Wicks, director of the choir, in a press release. “We are very excited to represent Clearwater and the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at this once-in-a-lifetime event.”
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.
“Mr. Wicks has done an outstanding job as conductor of the Clearwater Chorus,” said Sharon Reid-Kane, vice president of education and outreach for Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall. “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.”