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Leonia, Englewood Music Artists Among 'Messiah' Chorus At Carnegie Hall

Dwight Englewood High School alum Mark Shapiro will direct Leonia musicians and other members of the Cecilia Chorus for a performance of Handel's "Messiah" at Carnegie Hall.
Dwight Englewood High School alum Mark Shapiro will direct Leonia musicians and other members of the Cecilia Chorus for a performance of Handel's "Messiah" at Carnegie Hall. Photo Credit: Mark Shapiro, Twitter

LEONIA, N.J. — Members of Leonia Methodist Church and an Englewood-native music director will take the Caregie Hall stage Sat. Dec. 12 for Handel’s Messiah.

The group will perform at 8 p.m. with Liv Redpath, Siman Chung, Theo Lebow, and Daniel Miroslaw in the Cecilia Chorus of New York with a live orchestra.

“It is really a rush to perform in front of a sold-out crowd at Caregie Hall,” said Rachel Stott, a member. Her husband and son are involved in the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and her daughter was, at one time, group’s youngest member of the chorus.

“They are just a really good group to sing with. Teachers, lawyers, art therapist and students - people who love to sing,” Stott said.

Conductor Mark Shapiro, who will lead the performance in front of thousands of attendees, is also a graduate of Dwight-Englewood High School in Englewood.

“He is sort of a hometown boy. We sing works for a large chorus. Every other year, we try to commission a piece from a New York area composer so we do brand new, newer 20th and 21st century works as well as the classic repertoire,” she said.

She offered a limited number of tickets to her members of Leonia United Methodist Church, where she also sings.

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