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North Babylon choir to perform at Carnegie Hall

The North Babylon High School Choir will be in Manhattan Tuesday night to perform at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.

Choir director Christina Henderson said the group was selected to perform at Carnegie Hall after it received a "gold with distinction" ranking, which is rare and the highest ranking possible, at last spring’s New York State School Music Association competition. Henderson, who is in her first year as choir director, said she found out about the invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall during the summer.

This year’s choir has 92 male and female students ranging from grades 9 through 12, Henderson said. She said students must audition for the group and are classically trained. Throughout the year, the choir rehearses for 45 minutes every school day at 8:30 a.m. before their classes begin.

"They are extremely dedicated,” she said. “They have to also have good academic and behavioral standing.”

At Carnegie Hall, the choir will perform five classical pieces, including two by composer Francis Poulenc, and two African tribe pieces.

The choir will be accompanied on piano by the school’s music and art director, Kim Lowenborg-Coyne.

Henderson said the students are “thrilled” to be performing at such a large, well-known venue and have been taking rehearsals very seriously in preparation.

“They are feeling a challenge,” she said. “They know they have to perform to a certain level of expectation, there is a prestige to being there.”

Tickets for the show are $34 and are available through the high school music department, which can be reached at 631-321-3211.

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