Overcoming a 38-degree game-time temperature, both the Red Sox and the BB&N Chorale warmed up and delivered rousing performances to the delight of bundled fans at Fenway Park on April 8.
While the Sox bats needed until the 8th inning to heat up—fueling an exciting come-from-behind, 8–7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays—the 24 Upper School singers, under the direction of Chorale director Joseph Horning, opened the contest by knocking the national anthem out of the Park.
“It was so cool!” says Tina Kulow ’20. “It was a little scary because so many people were watching, but I felt calm because we were well prepared and had done the sound check, so then we just needed to nail it. And we nailed it! Now I want to do it again.”
Horning and the students alike were pleased with how well the group sounded in the Park, despite the challenge of singing with an acoustical delay. “We were able to have students singing different parts stand next to each other, which helps to blend the sound,” Horning explains.
“‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is a fun song to sing,” says Trevor Donovan ’18, who, as a tenor, gets to provide a lot of harmony. “Mr. Horning calls them spice notes because they add vibrancy to the sound. It’s a fun arrangement.”
“There’s always that point in the national anthem when people start cheering,” notes Andreas Frank ’18. “I felt a lot of solidarity within the stadium. It felt really special to provide that rallying point for the crowd.”
In a unifying display of loyalty to their two teams, some students wore Red Sox shirts, others BB&N Knights garb.
Horning says, “I know how important it is for young people from the Boston area to have the opportunity to do something like this at Fenway—it’s such an iconic place.”
A lifelong Red Sox fan, Trevor says, “It was exciting to have thousands of people stand up and applaud when we sang. I was really thrilled to be a part of Red Sox Nation out there on the field.”
(Story by Upper School English Teacher, Sharon Krauss)
See below for a video of the performance, courtesy of the Boston Red Sox.