BY MICHELLE MILLER
A local school choir will rub shoulders with rock royalty as its members take the stage with the band Foreigner for a concert at the Wright National Soccer Campus.
Members of Cherry Valley- Springfield’s choir will be singing back up to the band’s No. 1 hit “I Want to Know What Love Is” tonight, according to choir director Matt Jones. The concert is a benefit for Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care.
The students were named the winners of an online video competition hosted by Townsquare Media of Oneonta. Four schools entered the sing-off, with CV-S winning the public opinion with 35 percent of the nearly 6,000 votes.
First-year choir director Jones said last week that his students were “super-excited” about the opportunity.
“I am so proud of the kids,” Jones said. “It is such a huge deal not only for the kids, but for our school to be put out there like this.”
CV-S edged out Milford Central School, which received 34.58 percent of the vote. Laurens Central School and Center Street Elementary School also submitted videos in the competition. The four entries can be seen online at http://wzozfm.com/cast-yourvote- in-our-sing-with-foreigner-contest/.
According to radio station WZOZ’s website, the poll was set up to count only one vote per day from each computer. High school or elementary choirs with a maximum of 25 students could participate, and submissions had to be of a Foreigner song. Each school that entered will receive 10 tickets to the concert.
As the winner, CV-S will also receive a $500 donation to its music program from Foreigner.
Jones said the plan is to use the money toward an extracurricular activity such as taking the students to see a show at The Stanley Theater.
“We really are not sure what we will do yet, but we hope to provide the students with an experience that they would not get the chance to do just any day,” he said.
Cherry Valley’s winning entry features the students performing the Foreigner song “Cold As Ice.” The otherthree schools performed “I Want to Know What Love Is.”
Jones said he found out about the contest from a student who learned about it from his father.
“He told me about it the Wednesday before the video was due,” Jones said. “I had to get everything ready and permission slips signed quickly. I had it all done within 24 hours.”
According to Jones, the choir rehearsed only four times before submitting a video. CV-S was the last school to enter the contest. Not only did the group sing, but students also choreographed a dance and added instrumentals.
“All the instrumentalists were students. They only put in two practices, and it was quite impressive how fast they put it all together and got the music down,” Jones said.
CV-S students will also be be helping sell CD/DVD sets throughout the night. Money raised will go to the GRAMMY Foundation in an effort to help keep music education alive in high schools all over the country. Foreigner has also donated a signed Les Paul guitar that will be raffled.Tickets will be in the CC/DVD sets.
The band has donated thousands of dollars to individual schools through the GRAMMY Foundation.
The concert will be held at the Wright National Soccer Campus at 18 Stadium Circle, off of Browne Street, in West Oneonta. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Foreigner will take the stage at 8:30 p.m. There are two ticket options: Individual lawn seating for $39.50 or individual tables, which include food, for $125. Tickets can be purchased online at www.cahpc.org/privpromo/.
Families can get up to three free tickets for children 12 and younger with purchase of a ticket. For more information, call 432-6773.
BY MICHELLE MILLER
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