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William Allen Chorale practices to sing with Barry Manilow

They're preparing for one of the most exciting moments in their young lives EVER.

"I got an email from out of the blue from Barry Manilow's tour manager," said William Allen Chorale Director Brandon Remp.

That's right, the Grammy winning, Vegas headlining, 47 Top 40 single making legend Barry Manilow.

Anyway, Barry's people reached out to the William Allen Chorale.

"And were like, we need a choir to sing with Barry when he is coming to Allentown and I said that's awesome," said Remp.

Yeah it is.

For the past few weeks, Remp has been getting the students ready for the Oct. 6 concert at the PPL Center.

"I just think it's going to be amazing to be there and performing. I've been to concerts but I think that being on stage for one is going to be a totally different dynamic," said chorale member Anna Tjeltveit.

"Everyone's excited about it my parents are thrilled about it you know," said chorale member Josie Latorres.

Some of the students were a little unfamiliar with Barry, but say their families are sharing their love for the man who makes the whole world sing.

"One of his records that they gave to me they want me to try to get it signed for them," said chorale member Joshua Roth.

This is the second time Barry has asked William Allen to sing with him.

The last time was at the 1994 Allentown Fair.

"So would you say that you are now a 'fanalow'?" asked reporter Jaccii Farris.

" Um, I wouldn't necessarily say that I am a 'fanalow', he has some good music that I can bump to," said chorale member Delacey Lora.

The students say they really enjoy Manilow's music and will listen to it long after their performance.

"I'm sure it's going to be an experience being in front of all those people, and working with the legend like Barry Manilow that the students will never forget," said Remp.
 


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