2017 Annual Barbershop Harmony Show in Los Alamos

firsttrym2bPreview of the 2017 Annual Barbershop Harmony Show

The Los Alamos Lads of Enchantment and the Santa Fe Harmonizers will jointly present the 2017 Annual Barbershop Harmony Show in Los Alamos on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th at the United Church of Los Alamos (7:00 PM, each night).

The first part of the show will feature the combined Los Alamos and Santa Fe choruses and quartets, the second part of the show will feature the 2016 Southwestern District Quartet Champions, Southern Company, and the show will conclude with a salute to our veterans, in honor of Veterans’ Day on November 11th.

The opening segment, titled “Dreams –Where All Things Begin”, was written by Chorus Director, Maurice Sheppard and lead, Jim Goforth.  “Dreams” is based on the premise that dreams give rise to hope and, eventually, to determination and plans to fulfill one’s aspirations.

Regardless of one’s individual talent or determination, dreams of achievement or to win the “girl of our dreams” often encounter many bumps in the road.  Although those obstacles can be challenging, they have inspired numerous moving, entertaining songs to keep us on the path.

“Dreams …” takes a whimsical look at our dreams and the travails on the path to fruition.  Three wonderful standards in the show – “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, “When You Wish Upon a Star”, and “Over the Rainbow” – first appeared in the beloved fantasies, Cinderella, Pinocchio and The Wizard of Oz.

Three other songs, “All I Have To Do is Dream” – recorded, most famously, by the Everly Brothers, “Daydream” –recorded by The Lovin’ Spoonful, Ricky Nelson, Gary Lewis and the Playboys and others, and “All I Do Is Dream of You” – recorded by Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Michael Bublė and others- were popular over several decades.

Among other songs in the show are “Bring Back Those Good Old Days”, the spiritual “Gloryland Way”, “Java Jive”, “The Armed Forces Medley” and “This Is My Country”.

2017 is the third year that the Lads and the Harmonizers are being joined by women on the risers.  Although a few Barbershop choruses have had women singers, it is now an official Barbershop Harmony Society policy to welcome all men and women, young and old, to come together and sing four-part barbershop harmony.

“Southern Company” (SC), the Invited Guest Quartet, is a young group from the Dallas/San Marcos areas of Texas in the Southwestern District of the Barbershop Harmony Society.  Southern Company, composed of John Sifuentes (tenor), Trevor Crawford (lead), Nick Ruiz (baritone), Marcus Kang (bass), won the 2016 Southwestern District Quartet Championship.

Individually, the members of SC are busy, multi-talented young men. Besides singing tenor in SC, John Sifuentes works as a retail manager during the day and sings and plays the guitar in his own band.  Lead Trevor Crawford is a professional artistic furniture maker.

Nick Ruiz is a sports broadcasting major at TCU and is the vocal percussionist and principle arranger of The Horned Tones, TCU’s award-winning all-male acappella group.  Marcus Kang graduated from college with a degree in music education in 2016.   Besides singing with SC, he was a district quartet champion with Clutch (2014) and an international youth quartet champion with Flightline.

Immediately after the Friday night show, there will be an “Afterglow” at Graves Hall with a snack and additional singing for a modest $5 donation.

Please note that show times have been moved up to 7:00 PM from the traditional 7:30 PM start time.  Admission is $15 and $5 for students.  Tickets can be obtained from chorus members, CB Fox or at the door.

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