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Saugus Show Choir travels to New York City

• Students perform at Ground Zero, Lincoln Center.

Posted: April 16, 2008 1:03 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
Paul Indravudh is a sophomore and journalism student at Saugus High School.

The Saugus High School show choir recently returned from their annual spring break trip to New York City where Choir Director April Dooley and her students performed at St. Bartholomew's Church on Park Avenue, at Ground Zero and at the famous Lincoln Center.

According to Dooley, singing to the people in the church was a "glorious" experience for the students.

"Everybody in the place adored them," Dooley said.

"The clergy was just raving about us saying they could feel the world with our music." said Jorge Velasco, a Saugus senior. "The sound was amazing - the notes would bounce off the walls - it was great."

At the Lincoln Center, the choir performed in a festival to a theater full of orchestras and bands. For Velasco it was the most memorable moment.

"After we sang, the conductor came up to us and said we were incredible," he said. "It was a good feeling."

In the subway, the conductor requested a ballad from the choir, and they were happy to oblige.

"It was a song about the devil and everybody on the inside of the subway just dug it," Dooley said. During the trip, the choir also sang their yearly prayer for those lost at Ground Zero.

Touring the city, the group visited landmark locations such as Times Square, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building and Central Park, where they had the opportunity to go ice skating. Other activities included going to two Broadway musicals, "Curtains" and "The Phantom of the Opera,"  and going on a two-hour boat ride around Manhattan.

As for the weather, "it was perfect," said Dooley, "It was in the 60s and 70s, and it was supposed to rain, but it didn't."

The transition from Southern California to the vibe New York amplifies was a journey for most of the students.

"New York City is very fast paced. It seems like it's always awake," Velasco said. "It's like people always have something to do."

"It is a city of classy, smart, well-educated people, and they suffer no fools," Dooley added.


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