New York City Tour 2005
Our trip to New York was quite an exciting. We had the pleasure of performing at Carnegie Hall for a Veterans Day celebration to honor American Veterans, as well as the late Skitch Henderson.
The New York Trip began with flight delays. Once we finally arrived at the Beacon Hotel on 75th and Broadway, we departed for dinner at Trattoria Doppo Teatro near Times Square. The next day it was right to work. We rehearsed at Riverside Church with Rob Fisher, the man selected to conduct the show after Skitch's passing one week earlier. After a few hours of rehearsal at the Church and the Nave, we went on a tour of NBC Studios in Rockefeller Plaza. The evening ended with us meeting the New York University Glee Club, a group of older men who sang during college and are continuing to sing. It was nice to see others who share our passion for performing and to see that passion can stay with you forever.
The big day finally arrived. After a quick lunch and rehearsal on our own, we convened with the orchestra and William Hurt, the actor narrating the Airborne Symphony. The performance was a moving experience. It was special to see Mrs. Henderson speak about her husband. The Pops performed under the direction of Walter Cronkite and The Airborne Symphony was the climax of the evening. What an emotionally charged performance. After the concert, we celebrated at Planet Hollywood in Times Square.
The final day of our trip began with a live performance on Fox News. A Purdue alumnus granted us the opportunity and we were very grateful. We had the afternoon to ourselves and many of us saw Broadway shows, shopped and visited Ground Zero. The night ended with an "impromptu" performance in the middle of Times Square.
I don't think we'll ever understand the magnitude of what we were able to accomplish in New York. We're still trying to let the fact we were featured at Carnegie Hall sink in. We would like to thank Rob Fisher and William Hurt for treating us like professionals and sharing their great talents and gifts with so many people, including us. We especially thank Skitch Henderson for inviting us in the first place, for recognizing the uniqueness of our program and our dedication to excellence and entertainment. Lastly, we want to thank all those who contributed to our trip in any way. It would not have been possible without you and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.