World renowned mezzo-soprano and Metropolitan Opera star Joyce
DiDonato hosts a 60-minute music documentary anchored at the Weill
Music Institute at Carnegie Hall.
Middle-school children from diverse neighborhoods and ethnic backgrounds come to Carnegie Hall to hone their budding singing voices and prepare for nerve-wracking auditions that will hopefully score them a coveted spot in one of New York City's highly competitive High
Schools for the Performing Arts.
film follows the heartwarming stories of courage and achievement as these 8th
graders journey to music’s Mecca, bravely spread their wings under the hot spotlight and receive the tender tutelage
of Joyce DiDonato, whose exuberance, encouragement and wisdom prepares them for the “audition of a lifetime.”
The film culminates in a celebratory concert where an audience of
teachers, parents, family and friends erupt with pride at the newly-transformed voices and new-found poise of ordinary youngsters with extraordinary dreams: to conquer the music world.
Produced by veteran PBS producers James Arntz and John Paulson.
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