Mt. Pleasant teen, 39 others from Children's Festival Chorus will perform April 14 at Carnegie Hall
A Mt. Pleasant teen soon will experience what many only dream about.
Mollie Landman, 13, daughter of the Rev. Randy and Dawn Landman, will take the stage April 14 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The teen and 39 other members of the Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh — based out of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh — will spend four days in New York City. Their trip will culminate in the performance of a lifetime.
Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh Artistic Director Christine Jordanoff said the CFC will participate in the Festival of Choirs, sponsored by Manhattan Concert Productions.
“We chose to apply for this festival because of the performance venue — Carnegie Hall and the conductor, internationally renowned Henry Leck.
“Travel is a great educator for kids. We'll be singing in a chorus of 225 kids from all over the states and British Columbia,” Jordanoff said.”It's a chance for our local singers to get to know others with the same interests and to understand how we fit in the grand scheme of music-making.”
The CFC was established in 1983 initially to support the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's inaugural performance of Mahler's Third Symphony. Since then, it has become one of the nation's premier children's choral ensembles and has trained more than 2,200 young singers. In order to become part of the chorus, children in nine counties in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are invited, based upon competitive auditions.
Jordanoff, a professor and director of choral organizations at Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music, leads the group. The singers have performed choral selections in classical, folk, traditional and popular styles in more than 25 different languages.
Last month, Landman joined the chorus in performing at Heinz Hall. The group performed some musical numbers on its own and then joined several other performing groups, which included The Three Rivers Young People's Orchestra and the Duquesne Symphony Orchestra in performing the “Carmina Burana.”
“I like the experiences it gives me,” Landman said.
Dawn Landman said her daughter performed with the chorus during the “One Young World Convention” at the Petersen Events Center in 2012, when former President Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker.
“I don't think she realizes how fortunate she is — at 13 years old — to have the life experiences that some people long for that may never get to experience,” Dawn Landman said.
Mollie Landman said she has been a member of the performance group for the past five years. Jordanoff said CFC treats students as “young artists” and believe that they have the potential to make music at a very high level. She said Mollie Landman has responded to that and has excelled because of it.
Landman has trained with the Pittsburgh CLO Academy and Broadway Center for the Performing Arts and received vocal instruction from Cindy Best at West Virginia University. She has appeared in musicals at the Geyer Performing Arts Center, where she portrayed Duffy in “Annie,” and at California University in “A Christmas Carol.”
A seventh-grader at Mt. Pleasant Area Junior/Senior High School, Landman appeared last month in the school's production of “Little Shop of Horrors.”
During the performance at Carnegie Hall, the CFC will perform with choruses from British Columbia, West Virginia, Maryland and Indiana.
In addition to rehearsals and the performance, Mollie Landman, her mother and the rest of the CFC group will see a Broadway show, visit the Top of the Rock, take a cruise of New York Harbor and see other New York City tourist spots.
Linda Harkcom is a contributing writer.
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