FORT MYERS CHOIR VISITS THE BIG APPLE
The Fort Myers High School Greenwave Singers will be visiting the Big Apple’s Carnegie Hall. Director Matthew Koller’s choir will perform The Music of Paul Mealor, featuring the New York premiere of “Stabat Mater” and an introduction of the Distinguished Concerts International New York City series. The performance is Feb. 15 at the Isaac Stern Auditorium.
Koller’s student performers are elated at the invitation. “They were screaming with excitement and many were crying, they were so thrilled,” he says of the initial reaction.
Grammy-nominated conductor Dr. James Jordan will be the clinician for the residency as well as the conductor for the performance, while Welshman Paul Mealor, one of the world’s most prolific composers, will be the composer-in-residence. The choir rehearses each class period from bell to bell. The group annually commissions composers; members have performed several world premieres—but this time it’s different, Koller says. “This will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for many of these students.”