WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Archbishop Stepinac High School’s Vocal Arts Ensemble will perform with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI), Ireland’s acclaimed youth orchestra, at 7:30 PM, Thursday, Oct. 30 at the famed Carnegie Hall in New York City.
It will be the final performance of CBOI’s 2014 North American Cross Cultural Music Festival tour.
Stepinac’s choral group which also comprises youngsters from the community will be one of six youth choirs from New York metro area schools that will have the honor of performing with the distinguished symphony orchestra on one of the world’s most renowned concert stages.
The orchestra, soloists and choirs will be led by maestro Gearóid Grant. Featured performers include tenors Michael Bodnyk and Colm Reilly, violinist Patricia Treacy and uilleann piper Patrick Martin. The CBOI was established in 1995, primarily as a peace initiative -- uniting young people from both sides of the Ireland and Northern Ireland border through music. Sharon Treacy-Dunne, founder and chief executive officer of the orchestra, saw the healing power of music and its ability to convey the message of unity and reconciliation.
“The orchestra strives every day to provide young people with the tools to create connections, reconcile differences, all the while encouraging them to exceed their own performance expectations and enhance their music education," said Treacy-Dunne said. "The ability is there, CBOI just facilitates.”
Stepinac’s vocal arts group, under the direction of faculty member Chloe Sasson, is one of the school’s numerous and diverse extracurricular activities and programs. It is open to all students with an interest in singing. The group performs music from many different musical periods and stages two school concerts per year and sings as well at masses, school functions and community events such as holiday tree lighting ceremonies. Tickets are on sale for the Carnegie Hall performance through Carnegie Box Office at www.carnegiehall.org or at CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800.