On Saturday, January 13, the Penn State Glee Club raised the song at the Lincoln Center in New York. The Glee Club were invited by the University Glee Club of New York City (formed 1894) to share a concert in the Alice Tully Hall. Each group performed for thirty minutes and the concert concluded with five pieces sung by more than 150 voices. The concert marked the first collaboration between these two storied ensembles. Reflecting on the experience, Glee Club director, Christopher Kiver said, “To sing in one of the most well known concert venues was very exciting – the acoustic was excellent and the large audience were most appreciative. It was a great opportunity for current Penn State Glee Clubbers to see that they can still sing well beyond their college years. I am sure the students will cherish this for many years to come. After all, now they can say they have sung on Broadway!”
The attached photo shows the Penn State Glee Club rehearsing Ray Fortunato’s “Hail, Oh Hail” prior to the concert, with student Will Preston at the piano. Photo credit: John Ong.