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PHS Choir students tour, tout NYC

A performance in the renowned Carnegie Hall was the highlight of the trip to New York City.

What made the Carnegie Hall concert all the more memorable was that the Perham High School students on the trip were the ones who were performing. Thirty-seven Perham High School students had the opportunity to spend five days in New York City, with their trip culminating in the Carnegie Hall production.

Choir director Kevin Kosiak attended the February 22 Perham-Dent School Board meeting to talk a little bit about their Big Apple experience. Kosiak and the choir were in New York City last month, from January 15 - 19.

"Our kids were very good," Kosiak reported with pride. "They need to apologize to no one for being from a small town in the middle of nowhere."

He said the students worked very hard on the trip, practicing diligently for their Carnegie Hall performance. But, as could be expected, they also managed to have quite a bit of fun and take in some of the sights the city has to offer.

The students went everywhere from the Empire State Building to Central Park, from a Broadway show to the Ground Zero memorial. They even managed to squeeze in a Hudson River cruise and took the Subway under the East River.

One of the students who took part in the trip, Andrew Riestenberg, was also present at the school board meeting to share his highlights from the trip. One of the things that impressed Riestenberg the most was the immensity of Carnegie Hall.

He also mentioned the group's time spent in Chinatown and how it was a wonderful experience to take in all of the diversity of New York City.

The Perham High School Concert Choir participated in a joint concert at Carnegie Hall with choirs from Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, New York, and North Carolina in a celebration of Martin Luther King Day.  The concert was conducted by Dr. Timothy Sharp from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble.

The choir performed Gabriel Fauré's "Requiem," which is sung in Latin. The actual performance at Carnegie Hall took place on Monday night, January 18. This was the second time the PHS Choir received an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall. The group's first trip was in 2006.