Written by Ed Osborn
Willimantic, Conn. - On Nov. 13, David Belles, associate professor of music at Eastern Connecticut State University, will make his conducting debut at Carnegie Hall as part of the Mid America Production Concert Series.
Belles' role as conductor is the culmination of a five-day Carnegie Hall residency that he was awarded in recognition of his national reputation in the field of choral music and the musicianship and artistry he brings to the stage.
Belles' residency includes rehearsals, musicianship building, creative expression and cultural learning opportunities in New York City. "This is a wonderful opportunity for students, me and especially the University, to have a headliner presence at this world-renowned concert hall," he explained. "It is an honor to have my work as a conductor and educator recognized by this invitation."
Eastern's Concert Chorale will join Belles on stage during the Nov. 13 concert. In addition to singing with 120 other participating singers, the Chorale will also perform a 25-minute solo featuring F.J. Haydn's "Te Deum" and Howard Hanson's "Song of Democracy." Combining with the other singers, they will perform Robert Ray's "Gospel Mass."
"What sets this far and above those other experiences is that the 50 singers from Eastern
will be featured in a solo portion of the concert, separate from the other 120 singers participating in the festival," said Belles.
The Chorale previously performed at Carnegie Hall in 2008 when they sang Mozart's "Requiem," and in 2005 when they appeared with groups from four other universities to perform Mozart's "Coronation Mass."