New York-bound rock choir puts on the glam in midtown

Studio 54 was theme for glitzy fundraiser

They’re on their way to New York, but members of Toronto rock choir newchoir brought a touch of New York glamour to midtown Toronto on Saturday night.

A chic fundraising affair, à la Studio 54 glitz, was held at a patron venue on Mt. Pleasant Road, near Sherwood Avenue, the first stop on a journey that will take most of the 160-voice choir to the stage of Carnegie Hall for performances in March.

Thematically attired revellers mingled, schmoozed and grooved to the vibe of ex-Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page, a longtime friend of the 10-year-old choir. A silent auction was the centrepiece of the fundraising effort.

In New York, newchoir will join other world ensembles in a Deke Sharon production. The performances will consist of original music composed by the contemporary a cappella luminary, artistic director Scott Pietrangelo says.

Preparation for the Carnegie Hall performance gets under way this week at the choir’s rehearsal facility on Bloor Street East. The choir returns to midtown once more before heading to New York. A performance entitled “Unplugged” is scheduled for Jan. 31 at St. Michael’s College School Centre for the Arts, at Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West.

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Posted: Sep 28 2014 1:02 pm
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Edition: Toronto