Thirty-two elite area high school singers under the direction of Simon Carrington hold an open rehearsal on Thursday, May 31, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
As part of the event, members of the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers blend their voices with those of the students in performances of works by Frank Ticheli, Cesar Carrillo, and Matthew Harris.
In addition, Carrington will be interviewed by Patrick Neas, longtime host for Kansas City's classical music radio station and a freelance reviewer of classical music for the Kansas City Star.
A reception and CD signing will follow the presentation.
This is the third year that Carrington and his world-class, Kansas City-based music ensemble have participated in one of these master classes. The high school singers were chosen for the event by Jonathan Krinke, choral director at TrumanHigh School, and Amy Krinke, director of choral activities for the Lee's SummitSchool District.
The public rehearsal comes on the eve of two concerts by the Carrington Singers: On Friday, June 1, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral, 13th and Broadway, Kansas City, and on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 6001 Bob Billings Parkway (formerly W. 15th St.), Lawrence, Kansas.
The concert program - of music from Europe and America and called Atlantic Crossings - features works by John Corigliano (the Barr Institute Laureate at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance), William Harris, Colin Britt, Robert White, and Christopher Theofanidis.
The performances also mark the world premiere of Panayiotis Kokoras' Sonic Vertigo, winner of the 2012 Simon Carrington Chamber Singers Choral Composition Competition.
Sonic Vertigo is described as a "sonic adventure" detailing the Argo's journey past the island of the Sirens during which Orpheus must sing above the Siren's song so as to keep his fellow Argonauts from being lured to their deaths. The piece is written for sixteen amplified voices and electronics, the latter provided by the Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance.
Carrington is a founding member of the King's Singers and from 1974 to 2001 was director of choral activities at the University of Kansas.
Admission to the library event is free. RSVP online  or call 816.701.3407.
Major funding for programs at the Kansas City Public Library is provided by a generous grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.