Carnegie Hall-bound choir hosting performance at the Basilica Sunday
Quintessential Vocal Ensemble is offering a taste of what Carnegie Hall concert-goers will be getting in a month’s time on Sunday evening at the Basilica in St. John’s.
The members of Quintessential Vocal Ensemble, led by Susan Quinn (foreground, with Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan) visited Government House recently for a reception in their honour. — Submitted photo
The choir, under the direction of Susan Quinn, is presenting “As On Wings,” a concert in support of its trip to New York City’s Carnegie Hall, with a guest performance by the Holy Heart Chamber Choir.
QVE will perform the full 30-minute a Capella set they’ll be doing in New York, an American spiritual called “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel,” and other music.
“We’re doing probably our favourite and our most challenging repertoire that QVE has done in the past 10 years,” Quinn said of the performance, which will be candlelit.
Quinn said the evening will be particularly special for her, since she’s retiring from her longtime position as music teacher at Holy Heart and director of the high school chamber choir.
“It’s most likely the very last time that Holy Heart Chamber Choir and QVE will come together in concert,” she explained.
“To me, that’s incredibly special.”
In addition to their own solo set, QVE will perform at Carnegie Hall as part of a 200-voice choir, in the New York premiere of Stephen Paulus’s “To Be Certain of the Dawn.”
Tickets for Sunday’s concert are available at Holy Heart Theatre box office, by calling 579-4424, and online at www.holyhsarttheatre.com. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.