Five years after the Boys Choir of Harlem stopped performing amid a sexual-abuse scandal and financial collapse, an effort to resurrect the group has taken an important step forward, with auditions planned next week for a new set of singers. Continue reading
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Someone in the crowd coming out of the ApolloTheater last Monday, on December 14th, 2010, after the Paul McCartney concert said, “the performance at the Apollo Theater was one of the best concerts seen.” Continue reading
From Ed D.
For more than three decades, they sang Mozart in Latin, Bach in German, and Cole Porter and Stevie Wonder in English, from Alice Tully Hall in New York to Royal Albert Hall in London.
For the audiences that marveled at the Boys Choir of Harlem, it was an additional wonder that the young performers with world-class voices had emerged from some of the most difficult neighborhoods of New York. December was always a busy month, as the choir toured the country’s premier concert halls and appeared on television Christmas specials.
But this year, the boys are nowhere to be found. Last week, Terrance Wright, a 39-year-old choir alumnus, picked up a microphone in front of the altar of Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church in Harlem, the choir’s last home, and delivered news that surprised few people but saddened many.