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Trinity choir deserves help getting to Carnegie

Many of us don't hesitate to pull out our checkbooks to help people who are in need of financial assistance. But fewer of us respond with money to help a group celebrate their success.

The Trinity United Methodist Church choir hasn't yet asked the public to help underwrite their once in a lifetime appearance at New York City's 2,804-seat Carnegie Hall in November, but members need $37,000.

The 30-member choir has an invitation to be part of the 180 to 200 voices that help in Mid-America Productions' Christmas performance of Handel's "Messiah" on Nov. 26.

Candace Wicke, conductor in residence at MidAmerica, said the invitation to a church with 165 members is rare, thus making the opportunity even more special, and, perhaps, more difficult to finance.

Ray Phillips, the church's music director, called the opportunity to join with at least six other groups from around the world an humbling experience.

The combined choirs will sing eight songs at what usually is a sold-out performance with the New England Symphony.

Choir members won't mind if people pull out their checkbooks to help. They might even consider some local performances between now and their September financing deadline as a way to raise money.

The church's telephone number is 355-1288. Give the choir a call, they may just come sing for you as a way to help pay their expenses.

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