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It was an ‘electrifying’ concert

By From page A10 | April 11, 2014

On Sunday, March 30, Davis High School joined Distinguished Concerts International New York for “Defying Gravity: The Music of Stephen Schwartz and Eric Whitacre” at New York City’s Lincoln Center.

The wildly popular annual presentation with groundbreaking choral composer and Grammy winner Eric Whitacre featured a first-time collaboration with Academy Award- and Grammy-winning composer Stephen Schwartz, whose musical “Wicked” continues to run on Broadway after more than 10 years.

Making the afternoon even more exceptional was the addition of special guest artists Ashley Brown, the original Mary Poppins on Broadway, and Sara Jean Ford, currently starring as Christine in “Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway. These wonderful soloists were supported by the spectacular chorus, which included Davis High School and was conducted by Whitacre himself.

New York Concert Review gave the concert an unqualified rave review, saying: “The energy was electrifying in a terrific performance that brought this highly enjoyable concert to a close. The audience responded with an extended ovation.” Davis High School made a remarkable contribution to what was truly a tremendous concert.

Distinguished Concerts International New York would like to congratulate everyone at Davis High School on their achievement. We are very pleased that, as also stated by New York Concert Review, “DCINY ‘defies gravity’ each concert they give, lending wings to the musical dreams of countless persons from around the world,” and we look forward to future DCINY Concert Series collaborations.

Iris Derke
Co-founder and general director, Distinguished Concerts International New York

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