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Broadalbin-Perth chorus invited to sing with Foreigner

Broadalbin-Perth chorus invited to sing with Foreigner

The Broadalbin-Perth Jr./Sr. High School chorus has been invited to join legendary rock band Foreigner on stage at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, July 30. Foreigner held a contest inviting local schools to submit auditions from vocal ensembles interested in singing with them during their tour. BPHS was selected from among many applications submitted from schools throughout the greater Capital Region.

To film their audition, the class first arranged the harmonies, and then recorded a video of them singing "I Want to Know What Love Is." BPHS music teacher Alex Hitrick first heard of the opportunity to audition from a friend. After rehearsing and then recording, Hitrick sent in the tape and did not hear anything for months. Then, one day right before the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) competition, Hitrick was pleasantly surprised to see a congratulations email in his inbox — but not too surprised.

"I was shocked, but not shocked because these kids are so committed," Hitrick said. "They're so involved in the program now that they've gotten to such a great level and I really had no doubts that they'd get it."

Chorus students in good academic standing have been invited to audition to attend the concert. Students are also required to provide a testimony explaining why they should be selected to represent BPHS at the concert. A total of 25 students will be on stage with the band. The students will be performing the song they now know very well, "I Want to Know What Love Is."

"I can't wait for them to sing in front of thousands of people," Hitrick said.

Members of the B-P community interested in attending the concert can purchase tickets online through LiveNation.