On Easter Sunday in April 2020, Te Deum Singers will take the stage at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City to perform Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore.
In an interview with CBC Radio, choir director Diana Wiens relates the story of how this all came about:
It was a lot of being at the right place at the right time. Luck is being prepared while the opportunity presents itself!
So, I was contacted by a lady from Arizona. At some point, on one of her visits to Edmonton–she’s orignally from Edmonton–she came to visit her parents and she heard one of my choirs and said, “Would your group be interested in being part of this debut concert?”
Just before Christmas, about the 21st or so, I got a phone call from her and she said, “I’m going to have to step back from the project, but I have put your name forward to New York and you will be getting an invitation to be guest conductor with the Te Deum Singers in my place.” Now we are going as “Te Deum Singers and Friends.” So, like I say, being at the right place at the right time!
It feels amazing! And sometime I should show you the picture I have of the poster that they sent. I can’t look at it…I get so nervous, just thinking about that. But it is a huge thing. And like some people said, I would never have thought to put this on my bucket list. But, you know, what a great thing to be able to do! In my wildest dreams I would never have thought this to happen. So, yeah, pretty cool.