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New Life Lutheran Church choir to perform in New York

November 15, 2018

STERLING – The New Life Lutheran Church choir will soon have something in common with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jerry Seinfeld – performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

On Nov. 26, the church will send 27 choir members to the infamous concert hall as part of the ensemble for “A Winter Rose” composed and conducted by Joseph Martin and Mark Hayes.

It’s a 12-song holiday concert featuring 300 chorists from around the country as well as a full orchestra produced by the Distinguished Concerts International New York.

DCINY asked choirs across the nation to submit audition tapes this year and New Life was one of them.

“We were so excited when we got the invitation,” said LuAnne Spencer, New Life’s director of music. “We did some research first because we thought the invitation was a scam, but it was real so we sent in our audition.”

The choir got its acceptance letter on Jan. 30, just 2 days after submitting their audition.

“We were just overwhelmed with excitement,” she said.

New Life has been practicing every Wednesday for the concert since September, and Spencer said it’s an unbelievable opportunity.

“Joseph Martin is an incredible Christian music artist,” she said. “The prospect of performing on that stage is still a little bit unbelievable.”

The group is one of 27 choirs that will participate in the concert.

The choir will also perform its own Christmas Cantata concert from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at the church, 702 W. Lynn Boulevard.

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