Queens high school singers ready for Carnegie Hall concert

Forest Hills High School senior Benjamin Abjierov rehearses for this weekend's concert at Carnegie Hall.  Photo courtesy of Richard Termine

Forest Hills High School senior Benjamin Abjierov rehearses for this weekend’s concert at Carnegie Hall. Photo courtesy of Richard Termine

The old joke, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice,” could now sport a new punch line.

Although preparation and rehearsal remain key to headlining at Carnegie, it does not hurt your chances if you attend Astoria’s Frank Sinatra School of the Arts or Forest Hills High School.

This weekend, students from both Queens’ schools will perform selections from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Music Project in the venerable hall’s Stern Auditorium.

Besides the students, professional singers, musicians and dancers will take part in the March 23 show.

The choirs include students from Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music, the Upper Eastside’s Talent Unlimited High School and Harlem’s Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts as well as Forest Hills and Frank Sinatra. Performers from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra provide the music.

The concert takes place this Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m.

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