Choir director: The Stones were “a class act”

Calvary Episcopal Church Choir sings with The Rolling Stones

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) — It’s almost impossible to imagine what it would be like taking the stage and singing for 60,000 screaming fans. Alex Benestelli and the Calvary Episcopal Church Choir from Williamsville had the chance to find out during the encore performance at The Rolling Stones concert.

“My biggest fear was they give you a little piece in your ear to hear the beginning, and I was so afraid if all the fans were screaming, I wouldn’t be able to hear it,” Benestelli said. Luckily, he and the choir heard the cues just fine. They nailed the entrance of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”

Look back || News 4 first visited with the choir weeks ago. At the time they couldn’t talk about what they would be singing.

The choir divided into two groups of twelve and flanked either side of the sprawling stage. “It was a once in a lifetime experience, and everything just couldn’t have gone better,” Benestelli told News 4. He says it was wonderful to stare into the choir’s faces as they faced the crowd.

From start to finish, The Rolling Stones were “a class act,” according to Benestelli. “We actually had one member who couldn’t see the choir well enough, so she complained, and they gave her a bracelet to go right down onto the field so she could see her church choir.”

Benestelli says the concert was “…a huge, positive thing for us.” He called it “…an incredible experience and a great honor.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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