NEW YORK, NY – It was meant to be the performance of a lifetime for millennial choirs and orchestras.
The choir and orchestra combined with youth and adults from Arizona, California, Utah, Texas and Idaho were scheduled to perform at the legendary Carnegie Hall on Saturday, July 13, when the city of New York was hit by a blackout lasting several hours which darkened. Times Square and shut down the city that never sleeps.
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The children of Arizona resident Rebecca Jackson performed earlier today, but performers from the California and Utah bands had yet to take the stage before the power went out.
With no power in the building, the Carnegie Hall management team decided the concert should be canceled, according to Jackson.
“The choir continued to warm up and practice in the dark, but eventually the directors at Carnegie Hall decided the concert had to be canceled,” Jackson said.
But Millennial Choirs and Orchestras didn’t let the dark stop them from performing near Carnegie Hall. Before dispersing for the night, the group gathered on West 57th Street to give an impromptu performance.
“The singers took to the streets and I was honored to be able to watch. To be here, to see random people stepping in and helping and filling the streets with sounds of joy was such an amazing experience,” Jackson said on his page Instagram. “There is so much good in the world.”
In an article on the Millennial Choirs and Orchestra Facebook page, they wrote:
“As you may have heard, we were unable to perform our last concert at Carnegie Hall tonight due to a general blackout that affected much of Manhattan for several hours and played some of it. our outdoor plays for passers-by to enjoy during the stressful time. This is Brandon Stewart’s arrangement of “I Stand All Amazed.” “