For one talented group of young Brooklyn singers, the road to Carnegie Hall passes over the Williamsburg Bridge.
The 3rd to 5th grade choir from P.S. 250 (108 Montrose Avenue) has been chosen to perform at Carnegie Hall on May 21.
They will perform with other area schools at an interactive concert put together by LinkUP!, a music education program run by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute. PS 250, along with 175 other schools in the Tri-State area, use LinkUP! to guide their music education curriculum.
At the end of each year, all participating schools join together for an interactive concert in which the audience members play the recorder – that old staple of elementary school music – to accompany those on stage.
Not all schools will make it up to the stage, but PS 250 will. They earned that right by sending in an audition tape that showcased the talent of their 38-member chorus culled from a student body of over 800.
“There’s a strong musical background in the whole culture of this neighborhood. We’re drawing from a big pool,” said Michalina Trucker, the school’s first-year music instructor.
“Almost all of them are natural musicians. They have great rhythm, great ears, and beautiful voices.”
Clad in navy blue bottoms, white tops, and red bow-ties, the chorus will sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” a song based on Hayden’s 94th, or “Surprise” Symphony, along with three other songs.
They will be accompanied by violinists from PS 219 in Flushing, Queens, recorder players from the Benjamin Cosar School in upstate Fallsburg, along with the renowned orchestra of St. Luke’s.
The show will be conducted by distinguished conductor John Morris Russell.
The chorus has been rehearsing twice a week since the announcement that they will perform. Trucker said she isn’t worried about how they will sound musically, but is working to sharpen the performance etiquette of a talented but inexperienced group.
The Carnegie Hall gig will give the chorus the showcase they have earned.
“We’ve been working all year on these songs but we’ve only performed twice. It’s been frustrating, because they’ve felt discouraged. This is a good way to show them that their hard work can get them somewhere,” Trucker said.
“No matter where you come from, hard work can get you to Carnegie Hall.”
Trucker said that many of her students haven’t yet realized the magnitude of the Carnegie Hall stage.
“A lot of them were excited, but a lot of them don’t really get how amazing it is yet,” said Trucker.
“But this will tell them there are places out there they might not even know about that they can get to. There are goals they don’t even know they have that they can attain.”