Though Vienna is ever more at the front of our minds, the members of the chorus remember fondly the first big trip of the Comunity Chorus in 2005. Carnegie Hall is a mecca for music lovers and performers and the chorus was privileged to be invited to sing in a special presentation of Haydn's Mass in a Time of War ("Paukenmesse") with Richard Sparks as the Conductor. Also part of the program was a special Christmas Cantata conducted by John Leavitt, who like Richard Sparks has had previous connections with Concordia University College of Alberta. The concert was overwhelming and the visit to the "Big Apple" with fellow members of the choir was filled with laugher, memories and a lot of practicing. No wonder we are excited about going to Vienna.