James Sparks, a 2007 Russell High School graduate – son of Sam and Cynthia Sparks – who now resides in Princeton, NJ, will perform Gustav Mahler's choral masterwork Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection" with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia October 30, November 1 and 2.
They will also perform at Carnegie Hall in New York on Friday, October 31. James is a student at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., and is a member of the Westminster Symphonic Choir.
Composed of students at Westminster, the Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under virtually every internationally acclaimed conductor of the past 79 years. Recognized as one of the world's leading choral ensembles, the choir has sung more than 350 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone.
In addition to this performance, the ensemble's 2014-2015 season includes Carmina Burana with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Jacques Lacombe; J. S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion and Leonard Bernstein's Mass with The Philadelphia Orchestra and Yannick Nezet-Seguin; and Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem with the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Daniele Gatti.
Westminster Choir College is a division of Rider University's Westminster College of the Arts. A professional college of music with a unique choral emphasis, Westminster prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in teaching, sacred music and performance.
James Sparks is pursuing a master’s degree in collaborative piano. Part of his program is performing with some of the choirs there at Westminster.
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