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Calvary Episcopal choir to perform with Rolling Stones at the Ralph

The Rolling Stones will have some heavenly accompaniment for their July 11 show at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The choir of the Calvary Episcopal Church, Williamsville, will provide 24 singers ranging from high school students, college students and adults to help Mick and Keith and the boys on vocals.

“We have young people and old people singing together,” said Alex Benestelli, music director and conductor of the choir. “It’s interesting because we have high school students who might not know who the Stones are and older people who might’ve grown up listening to them.”

Benestelli said the choir was asked in February to perform with the Rolling Stones by a friend of his who lives in the United Kingdom and helps organize the tours. The choir started rehearsing about a month ago and have had only about six or seven rehearsals to memorize songs and choreography. He said he was told not to disclose what songs they will be performing.

The classic rock band is known to invite local choirs to perform with them in the choirs’ hometown.

“I can say it’s a real honor,” Benestelli said. “We’re really thrilled to be doing the performance.”

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