From Labrador City to Carnegie Hall

Kerry Suek, a mem­ber of world-class choir from Qatar, set to per­form in New York

The Labradorian - - Classified - BY MIKE POWER

Grow­ing up in Labrador City, Kerry Suek can re­mem­ber singing at Christ­mas time at the lo­cal church.

That ex­pe­ri­ence led him to to­day where Suek is a mem­ber of the Doha Singers choir.

Liv­ing in Labrador, Suek was in­volved with the arts com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing lo­cal the­atre, and as a mem­ber of the Labrador West Com­mu­nity choir.

Suek left Labrador West in 2002 to work with the Col­lege of the North At­lantic in Doha, Qatar.

He brought with him his love of the arts. He re­mem­bers the com­mu­nity choir for the en­ergy the mem­bers had, and for the many times they en­ter­tained in the com­mu­nity. Suek says the ex­pe­ri­ence with the choir in Labrador City en­cour­aged him to join the Doha Singers.

Now Suek is pre­par­ing for a high­light of his choir singing ca­reer. The Doha Singers, have been in­vited to per­form at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 25.

The Doha singers will be part of a mass choir, con­sist­ing of other choirs from all over, ac­com­pa­nied by a full orches­tra. The per­for­mance will fea­ture solo per­for­mances as well.

Fifty-two of the Doha singers will be part of the larger choir, with mem­bers from St. John’s, Lawn, and var­i­ous parts of the west coast of New­found­land as well. But the choir has mem­bers from many parts of the world in­clud­ing other Cana­di­ans, Bri­tish, and many more.

The choir is per­form­ing Han­del’s Mes­siah. The Doha choir will per­form parts 2 and 3, which con­tains the Hal­lelu­jah Cho­rus.

“We usu­ally re­hearse once a week, but with this per­for­mance it’s twice a week now,” Suek said.

So how does it feel to be per­form­ing at one of the most fa­mous con­cert venues in the world?

“It’s hum­bling,” says Suek, “and to look at the oth­ers who are per­form­ing there, they are world class, so it’s go­ing to be quite a feel­ing to be on that stage.”

Suek noted a num­ber of the choir mem­bers are also us­ing their New York time to see “Come From Away”, the pop­u­lar Broad­way show based on the events that took place in and around Gan­der re­lated to 9/11.

“It’s hum­bling. And to look at the oth­ers who are per­form­ing there, they are world class, so it’s go­ing to be quite a feel­ing to be on that stage.”

Kerry Suek

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The Doha singers.

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Kerry Suek, for­merly of Labrador City per­forms with the Doha singers in Qatar. They will be on­stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Nov. 25.

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