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Conway’s Walther Performs at Carnegie Hall

Nancy Walther performs at Carnegie Hall.

Nancy Walther, music teacher at Conway Elementary School and member of The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performed at Carnegie Hall on Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, in Benjamin Britten’s opera, “Peter Grimes.”

“I am thrilled to be part of this powerful production with our amazing orchestra and an awesome cast of opera singers,” stated Walther. “Only a handful of elite orchestras routinely get invitations to perform at Carnegie and the St. Louis Symphony is fortunate enough to be one of them.”

Peter Grimes was performed on what would have been Britten’s 100th birthday. The concert has become a centerpiece of Carnegie Hall’s Britten celebration.

This performance also marked a personal milestone for Walther.  It was her fifth performance at Carnegie Hall. The first occurred in the spring of 1984, her first year of teaching at Conway Elementary School. She marked her 30th anniversary of teaching at Conway Elementary by reprising the first musical she directed at there, “A Tour of Broadway on Opening Night,” which her students will perform in May.

While in New York, Walther also planned to develop a presentation for her students featuring such music landmarks as The Metropolitan Opera, The Juilliard School, Steinway Hall, Broadway theaters, and, of course, Carnegie Hall. In addition, she was invited to attend part of a school day at the Saint Thomas Choir School.

Also performing in the concert were violinists, Eva Kozma (parent of a student at Conway Elementary) and Wendy Rosen (parent of a student at the high school).

The New York Times Music Review