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 Mount San Antonio College Choir, the New York City Chamber Orchestra, and the National Two-Year College Festival Chorus at the Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage inside Carnegie Hall on Saturday, May 5, at 2 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 side second-tier box seating (an $80 value).
- For $45, you get one ticket for center second-tier box or side or rear parquet seating (a $90 value).
- For $55, you get one ticket for center parquet or first-tier box seating (a $110 value).<p>
Amid the golden accents and ivory hues of the Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, the Mount San Antonio College Choir kicks off a choral-centric afternoon. Under the direction of conductor Bruce Rogers, the vocalists sing through a collection of psalms, hymns, and folk songs from Sweden, Russia, Ireland, and the United States. The set finishes in American style with a rousing vocal arrangement of the traditional spiritual “Battle of Jericho” that warms hearts and rekindles memories of wild nights on the a cappella circuit.
Rogers then leads the National Two-Year College Festival Chorus combining its powers with the New York City Chamber Orchestra to delve into Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria. Sparkling strings accompany intricately interwoven voices during 12 movements of lavish baroque melodies. Finally, Mozart’s Regina Coeli—Latin for queen of heaven—deftly mixes the grandeur of church music with his characteristic playfulness, showcasing rapidly changing volumes, interpolated key changes, and a seldom performed tetherball interlude.