Choral music developed in ancient Greece as a way for people to honor Zeus and make statue-carving montages seem more epic. Add a Herculean soundtrack to life with this GrouponLive deal to see the National Festival Chorus and the Millikin University Choir at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage inside Carnegie Hall on Sunday, March 25, at 8:30 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $25, you get one ticket for dress-circle seating (a $50 value).
- For $40, you get one ticket for second-tier box seating (an $80–$90 value).
- For $45, you get one ticket for parquet seating (a $90 value).<p>
Amid the golden accents and ivory hues of the Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Dr. Brad Holmes, who led the Millikin University Choir to the ACDA’s 2011 National Conference, guides audiences through psalms and folk songs spanning a timeframe from the Renaissance to today. The Millikin University Choir’s 55 students begin the evening by performing contemporary composer John Rutter’s take on Cantate Domino, followed closely by soprano soloist Sarah O’Neill stepping up to sing Ericks Ešenvalds’s layered choral arrangement of “Amazing Grace.” Dr. Holmes then turns his baton to the National Festival Chorus, which sings through classic works by Handel, Brunner, and Stroope to warm hearts and rekindle memories of wild nights on the a capella circuit.
The evening wraps up with the strings and reeds of the Americas High School Orchestra and the Scarsdale High School Wind Ensemble. Up-and-coming musicians whirl through the tumultuous tunes of Richard Meyer’s Bailes para Orquesta, then promenade at a more stately tempo for the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings.