“Carnegie Hall? In New York?”
We’re so excited to say that the Ferndale Community Choir has been invited by Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) to sing Handel’s Messiah with 400 singers of choirs from around the world at Carnegie Hall at the end of November 2017. This is an annual event that in 2014 was rated the #1 Live Christmas Performance in North America by the BBC Music Magazine. The choir performs the Beecham / Goossens’ 1959 grand re-orchestration of the Messiah for full symphony orchestra, and features professional soloists.
DCINY approached the Choir after viewing its videos, and the invitation is a distinct honor. The event is underwritten by its performers, paying for the rent of Carnegie Hall, the symphony orchestra, soloists, and production. This allows DCINY to focus on producing events accessible to choral groups from around the globe.
About 40 members of the choir from Trinidad to Willow Creek, Rio Dell – and of course, Ferndale – are committed to rehearsing year-round for our regular concerts as well as the concert in New York, and, importantly, raising the cost of underwriting, travel, and lodging. We expect to have several fundraising events over the coming year, and are absolutely amazed to say that an anonymous donor will match all donations up to $25,000. The choir is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so donations are fully tax deductible.
Donations can be made payable to Ferndale Community Choir, and sent to P O Box 67, Ferndale CA 95536. Be sure to include a return address, and a receipt for donation will be mailed to you for tax purposes.