FUS @ Carnegie Hall


Collins conducts the combined choirs of FUS, 2018

Morten Lauridsen:

“Lux Aeterna”

Drew Collins, conductor

Carnegie Hall, NYC

May 30, 2020


Collins conducting in Carnegie Hall, 2007

  • Choirs
    • Society Choir of First Unitarian Society (Madison, WI)
    • Meeting House Chorus of First Unitarian Society (Madison, WI)
    • Teen Choir of First Unitarian Society (Madison, WI)
    • Anybody Choir of First Unitarian Society (Madison, WI)
    • Prairie Unitarian Universalist Society (Madison, WI)
    • House of Hope Presbyterian Church Motet Choir (St. Paul, MN)
    • Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Congregation (Costa Mesa, CA)
    • Plus…choirs and singers from across the country! (Click here if you are interested in joining us. We already have singers from Connecticut, Maine, and Minnesota!)
  • Orchestra
    • New England Symphonic Ensemble
  • Conductor
    • Drew Collins serves as Music Director for First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisconsin. An accomplished academic, Dr. Collins served on the music faculties of Central Connecticut State University, Wright State University, and Augustana College, and conducted the University of Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. He has conducted or guest conducted semi-professional choral ensembles in Boston, Minneapolis, Madison, and Dayton. Drew is a prolific composer, arranger, orchestrator, and editor of historical masterworks. He is also active as an adjudicator, author, coach, singer, and producer, and teaches private conducting lessons. Contact: drewc@fusmadison.org
  • Morten Lauridsen is one of the most prominent and influential composers in the world today. He was named an “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts, awarded the National Medal of the Arts by the President of the United States, and awarded ASCAP’s prestigious Foundation Life in Music Award. His works have been recorded on greater than 200 CDs, five of which have received Grammy Award nominations. His music has been described as “radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power, and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”
  • Listen to the entire work by clicking here.
  • Watch a dialogue between the composer and the premiering conductor by clicking here.
  • Step #1: Buy the Score. Available at jwpepper.com or any other online sheet music retailer. Your local sheet music retailer may also have it in stock.
  • Step #2: Mark Your Score. A marked score showing phrasing, pronunciation, etc. will be available to you online.
  • Step #3: Learn the Music. There are several options for learning your part.
    • Join us at FUS in Madison for rehearsals–Wednesday or Thursday nights in the spring.
    • Teach yourself at the piano
    • Part-learning audio files will be available to you online
    • Rehearse by video–Our rehearsals of the Lauridsen here in Madison will be video recorded and shared with you
    • By the time we gather in NYC, we will all be ready to join forces!
  • May 27 ~ Arrive New York City (suggested)
  • May 28 & 29 ~ Rehearsals (morning one day, afternoon the other). Free time after 5:00 pm
  • May 30, 2020 ~ Performance! Followed by dinner cruise around the Statue of Liberty
  • May 31 ~ Depart New York City (suggested)
  • Special notes about personalizing your New York experience outside of rehearsal obligations:
    1. Arrive before or depart after the above dates.
    2. On both 5/28 & 5/29, you will have either a morning or afternoon free.
    3. All rehearsal obligations on 5/28 & 5/29 will be done by 5 pm
    4. MidAmerica Productions cautions you to refrain from making arrangements for free-time activities until they have given the “go ahead.”
  • The cost to participate in this project is $899 (view the information booklet here). This helps cover the costs of rehearsals, production, promotion & marketing, hall rental, orchestra, etc., as well as the post-concert cruise around the Statue of Liberty (includes dinner and 2 free drinks).
  • Each singer is responsible for their own travel, accommodations, meals, and free time.
  • This event is designed for singers over 18. Singers under 18 are welcome as well but must be chaperoned.
  • To confirm your spot, send a check made out to “First Unitarian Society” for $300, with “Carnegie” written in the memo space to:  First Unitarian Society of Madison, c/o Florence Jessup, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison, WI 53705
  • The payment schedule:
    • PAYMENT #1 – October 1, 2019 ($300)  [N.B. This due date was originally June 1]
    • PAYMENT #2 – December 1, 2019 ($200)
    • PAYMENT #3 – January 15, 2020 ($200)
    • PAYMENT #4 – April 15, 2020 — The remaining balance will be determined by Mid-America Productions a few weeks in advance of this date. The package price is fixed; only a few conditions could affect it: cost offsets (fundraising, donations, scholarships, etc.); unexpected/new taxes; a group failing to adhere to the payment deadlines; or force majeure.
  • NOTE: A small number of need-based discounts may be available. Please contact Drew directly about this: mailto:drewc@fusmadison.org.
  • NOTE: MidAmerica Productions cautions you to refrain from making arrangements for travel, hotel, or free-time activities until they give the “go ahead.”
  • The choir is “self-auditioned.” Any singer who feels they can sufficiently prepare the music in advance and contribute to a technically proficient, sensitive, expressive, and aesthetically beautiful rendering of this magnificent music is welcome.
  • Yes! You may invite friends, relatives, your home choir(s), etc. to sing with you. The more, the merrier! Any friend of yours is a friend of mine.
  • Yes! You may invite non-singing folks to join you in NYC. They do not need to make any payments through First Unitarian Society or to the production company, of course. Note: If they wish to attend the concert, they will need to purchase a ticket.