`REQUIEM' FOR A DREAM CARNEGIE HALL BECKONS LOCAL SCHOOL CHOIRS.
SANTA CLARITA - The choirs from Valencia and Saugus high schools will take the stage Monday at arguably the most renowned concert hall in the world - Carnegie Hall.
The two local choirs will participate with members of three college choirs in a 250-member chorale to perform Mozart's ``Requiem'' with the New England Orchestra and soloists from the Metropolitan Opera.
``It's going to be amazing. We're going to go to New York to sing at one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world,'' said Garrett Finley, 18, Valencia High's choir president. ``Most people practice their whole lives to get to Carnegie Hall and we were invited to sing.''
The choirs, the only high school groups in the show, were invited to participate in the performance based on their achievements and a reputation they developed from performances at local music festivals.
``We've got our music all learned and we're ready to perform,'' said April Dooley, director of Saugus High's choir.
Dooley said she's especially proud of the students for all their work in preparing for the trip.
``I'm really proud of the extra effort these students have put to fund-raise and to learn the music on their own outside of the school day - and for their courage to go to New York City in light of recent events,'' Dooley said.
The students will leave Thursday for five days in New York, where in addition to the Carnegie Hall performance Monday, they will visit the city's sites.
The students are also scheduled to visit the 9-11 ground zero site to deliver a donation check - a percentage of the proceeds from a December performance - to the Fireman's Widows Fund.
``We're showing that we're not going to stop our lives and what we do in fear of terrorism,'' Garrett said. ``We're not letting them hold us back.''
(1 -- 3 -- color) Valencia and Saugus high school choir students practice Mozart's ``Requiem,'' which they will perform at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, joining members of three college choirs in a 250-member chorale.
John Lazar/Staff Photographer