It is safe to say that most dream visits to the Big Apple don't include hours of strenuous rehearsal, but the Annapolis Chorale wouldn't have it any other way.
Even a mere 48 hours before a Carnegie Hall debut, it's still practice, practice, practice.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, 91 members of the chorale will file onto America's most famous stage to perform the radiant Requiem of Gabriel Faure. The singers will be joined by several smaller choirs from Louisiana and Texas and accompanied by the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
J. Ernest Green, the Annapolis Chorale's music director, will conduct.
The significance of walking out on the stage that has become a metaphor for excellence in the performing arts is not lost on Mr. Green.
"This is something you dream of all your life," says the 34-year-old Annapolitan. "You say to yourself, 'Maybe one day I'll get to stand on those boards.' I can feel the buzz. I can feel the excitement. I can't wait to get in there and make music."
The chorale's versatility and professionalism intrigued a talent scout after he heard a recording of the chorale's sizzling performance of Verdi's Requiem.
The result was the Carnegie Hall booking.
For a chorale once plagued by erratic musicianship -- its members could sing delicate atmospheric music by Vaughan-Williams beautifully, then sleepwalk through the relatively simple Vivaldi "Gloria" on the second half of the same concert -- the rise to excellence has been swift and inexorable.
The summer sings, chamber choir, ear-training classes, resident orchestra and ambitious programming have not been in vain.
It doesn't get any bigger than this.