Franklin choirs headed to Carnegie Hall

Mountain Voices chorus and the choir of the First United Methodist Church of Franklin have been invited to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, Feb. 16. The group will spend five days and four nights, Feb. 13-17, rehearsing for the concert and sight-seeing.

Mountain Voices and the First United Methodist Church Chancel choir have been invited to participate in a performance at Carnegie Hall. Mountain Voices Chorus is a mixed voice choir with members from Franklin, Scaly Mountain, Rabun Gap, Clayton and surrounding areas. Directed by Beverly Burnett, the two choirs will join with others choristers around the world to form the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, a choir of distinction. The resulting choir will perform “The Music of John Rutter” as part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) Concert Series in New York City, Sunday, Feb. 16, in Isaac Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall.
“The First United Methodist Church Choir and Mountain Voices received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers as well as the exceptional quality of their audition recording,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor for DCINY.
The 26 singers will spend five days and four nights, Feb. 13-17, in New York City in preparation for the concert, rehearsing for nine or 10 hours over the five-day period.
“It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in New York,” said Griffith. “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.”