CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham High School Select Choir has been named one of five finalists who will be competing at Carnegie Hall Tuesday as part of the rock band Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour.
The CHS Select Choir will be part of the opening act for the 70s rock band on Tuesday. The winning choir will be determined by a panel of judges at the Oct. 25 performance, and will also take the stage to sing the rock anthem I Want to Know What Love Is with Foreigner during the concert.
CHS Choral Director Ken Bryson heard of the contest and submitted a recording of the select choir’s a cappella performance of Queen’s Somebody to Love, which he had arranged for the choir. On Oct. 17, Bryson learned his choir had been selected as one of the five finalist choirs.
The band will perform in a show called “The Hits Unplugged” on the famed New York stage, a career milestone that also serves as the opening date of Foreigner's 40th anniversary tour.
According to the organizers of the event, the evening offers “a validation of sorts for the wildly successful group that continues to outsell music and tours of its contemporaries, yet for which traditional benchmarks like a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction, Rolling Stone cover or a Grammy remain elusive.”
Foreigner has enjoyed a long partnership with the Grammy Foundation in their philanthropic efforts to enhance funding for school music programs, and is using this opportunity to collaborate with the Grammy Foundation to support music education.
In conjunction with iheart Radio Q104FM, Foreigner recently invited local school choirs to compete for a $5,000 grant from the Grammy Foundation - and a chance to be the opening act for the show - by submitting an a cappella arrangement of any classic rock song.