How to you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.
By Olivia Goldman
Since the beginning of the semester, this is just what the Barnard-Columbia Choir has been doing. 40 members of the choir volunteered to commit to intensive practices (four plus hours a week) to perform J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor on Wednesday, February 16 with L’Ensemble Médical of Munich, Germany. The event is a collaboration of Professor of Professional Practice, Gail Archer, director of the Barnard Columbia Choir, and Gundi Gabrielle, founder and director of L’Ensemble Médical. Composed of multi-talented doctors, professors and medical students primarily from the Ludwig-Maximilian (LUM) and Technical (TUM) universities of Munich, L’Ensemble Médical tours internationally, generally for the benefit of Doctors Without Borders. This particular performance will be in support of the branch of Doctors Without Borders based in Haiti.
While the Mass can run over two hours, this event is really a unique opportunity, especially for members and friends of the choir. For an event at Carnegie Hall, concert tickets can be purchased extraordinarily cheap, starting at $15 online from Carnegie Hall’s box office.
Professor Archer, director of the Barnard-Columbia Choir and head of the Barnard Music Department commented, ”it’s been such a thrill to teach the piece,” and that she had “so much respect for the hours of practice the members of the choir have devoted to the project.”
The event will take place at 8:00pm on Wednesday, February 16 at Carnegie Hall, one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world.
Olivia is a first-year at Barnard College she is Arts Editor