Dubai choir to perform with Grammy-winning composer in New York

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The Dubai Chamber Choir has been chosen along with other international choirs to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York with Grammy-winning composer and conductor Eric Whitacre on Sunday.

The choir will be singing original and new music by the famous composer at the concert called ‘The Music of Eric Whitacre’, according to Gulf News.

14 Dubai Chamber Choir members of different professions and nationalities flew to New York for the concert. The group includes three high school students.

“On this occasion, we will be singing the music of Eric Whitacre with the composer himself conducting. We get to work with him for a weekend of rehearsing before the concert on Sunday. This is a huge accolade and a bucket list item for every member of the choir,” Debra Dixon, the Dubai Chamber Choir’s manager, told the newspaper.

The host organization, Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY), first found the Dubai Chamber Choir on YouTube four years ago.

“We first performed with the organization four years ago and after our initial success, we now have an open invitation. The choir aims to participate with DCINY every two years. Previous performances were George Frideric Handel’s Messiah for Thanksgiving weekend and Maurice Durufle’s Requiem for Memorial Day. The Dubai Chamber Choir is always prized by DCINY for our professionalism and musical knowledge,” Dixon said.

The newspaper reported that since receiving this invitation, the choir has been invited to perform across the globe.

Dixon said that the choral scene in the UAE has become stronger with various groups such as orchestra, multinational choirs, and single-nationality choirs singing different musical genres including jazz, barbershop and a cappella.