The Trumbull High School choir has a reputation for being adept at performing complex classical compositions, according to Director Anne Tornillo. Still, when the choir members take the stage at Lincoln Center April 7, they will get an unusual privilege of performing a classical composition with the composer in attendance.
“The performance is the Distinguished Concerts International production, Mass In Blue — The Music of Will Todd,” Tornillo said. “He’s a classical composer, and also very jazz-oriented. We’ll be performing selections from Songs of Peace and No More Sorrow, and he’s going to be in from the United Kingdom for the performance.”
Tornillo said the choir has maintained good relationships with some of the New York-based production companies, which has resulted in several performances in prestigious venues like Carnegie Hall.
“These companies put on top-flight concerts, with internationally known conductors doing major works,” Tornillo said. “People come from all over the world to be part of these concerts, and every now and then they need additional singers.”
When those occasions arise, Trumbull High will sometimes get the call, she said.
“They know our kids are going to be well-prepared, and they can augment the choirs, so we continue to be recommended,” she said.
School Superintendent Gary Cialfi offered his congratulations, and also cited the group’s consistently high level of performance.
“This invitation from Distinguished Concerts Singers International is based on the high caliber of musicianship that our choir has continually demonstrated,” Cialfi said.
The choir members will also have to make a bit of an adjustment, as their performance will be conducted by James M. Meaders, a U.K.-based conductor and vocal coach and former music professor and director of choral activities as Mississippi College.
Tornillo called Meaders “a wonderful conductor” and said the Trumbull High singers would need to be on their game while under his baton.
“The conductor is the boss, so if he says, ‘Breathe here,’ mark your score and do it,” Tornillo said.
Tornillo said each individual conductor puts his or her own unique spin on the music.
“Conductors make decisions, and put their scholarly spin on music that maybe has been around for a long time,” she said. “That’s the biggest role of a conductor.”
Ticket information for the April 7 performance is available at dciny.org. For information on becoming an event sponsor, contact Tornillo at email@example.com.