Central State chorus director reflects on Notre Dame Cathedral performance

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WILBERFORCE, Ohio (WDTN) – Central State is mourning the devastation left behind from the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral Monday. In 2001, their music department had the chance to perform inside the historic structure.

READ MORE: Massive fire engulfs beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

Professor William Henry Caldwell, former CSU Chairman of the Performing Arts, led students in that performance.

“When we sang there, people were actually still touring just to see the facility, but once the choir started singing, everyone just stopped because they heard this sound. Of course, we didn’t realize how many people were in there, but when we finished singing we heard this thunderous applause because there were thousands in there listening to us as we performed,” he says.

A catastrophic fire swept across the top of the cathedral while undergoing renovations.

Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church’s structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry. Gallet said “two-thirds of the roofing has been ravaged.”

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