Cagles take the stage in NYC

Friday, June 8, 2012
Sisters Haven and Harmony Cagle, along with parents David and Karen, were part of the ASU performers who took the stage in New York

An area family recently had the rare honor to perform in front of a large crowd at Alice Tulley Hall in New York's prestigious Lincoln Center. David, Karen, Harmony and Haven Cagle of Rector were among a group of talented singers affiliated with Arkansas State University who visited New York to take part in the once-in-a-lifetime performance.

"It was amazing!" Harmony said of the opportunity. "The feeling of being on that stage was almost indescribable."

The Cagles were able to take part in the event through Harmony, a member of the ASU Concert Choir. The planned performance would include ASU's Concert Choir, University Women's Singers, University Men's Singers and Community Choir singing Morten Lauridsen's "Lux Aeterna," a beautiful piece sang entirely in Latin and consisting of five movements. When Harmony first approached her mother and father about the planned performance, they were thrilled for their daughter. When she explained they too had the chance to take the stage, it quickly became a special affair for the family.

Joining her parents and younger sister on stage in front of an expectant yet warm New York crowd was an emotional moment for Harmony.

"I'll admit it--I got teary-eyed," she said. "It had such an impact on me. I think we all felt something beautiful while we were up there on that stage."

Much work went into preparation for the performance. With a piece written entirely in Latin, performers had to learn the proper pronunciation for each word.

"It was difficult," Harmony said. "It took a lot of work by everyone to learn the proper pronunciation. We also had to work to not put our southern accents into it. It was probably one of the hardest performances I've ever been a part of, but it was also one of the most rewarding and memorable."

The Cagles arrived in New York March 16 and performed March 19. The family enjoyed several group activities during their stay, visiting the world famous sites.

"I actually got to go to the top of the Empire State Building," Harmony said. "It was one of the coolest things I've been able to do. The entire trip was really something special. I'm glad I got to enjoy it with my family and friends."

Harmony is a junior at ASU. She is studying Radio/Television with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism and minoring in Geography. She plans to study Meteorology in the future.

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