Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Looking Back on the 2013 RINGMASTERS Concert  

The Alexandria Chapter had a special opportunity to host the current reigning gold medal BHS quartet champs, RINGMASTERS, in a black tie banquet and concert, Wed. Jan. 16th.

The concert was a wonderful chance to hear the quartet up-close-and-personal at the George Washington Memorial grand hall.  The hall has fantastic acoustics which everyone enjoyed including the quartet.

The champs have been in the USA from their home in Stockholm, Sweden, over seven months.  A big chunk of that time they appeared on a cruise ship. The rest of the time they have been doing shows and concerts and almost every day, a school visit to promote barbershop singing with high school youth. 

They arrived in Alexandria area after having spent a few days hosted by the Atlanta Vocal Project chorus.  Jakob Stenberg, tenor; Rasmus Krigstrom, lead; Emmuel Ross, baritone; and Martin Wahlgren, bass, stopped by our chapter meeting on Tues., Jan. 15th for a couple songs and to say hello.

The next day they made a school appearance at the Winston Churchill School in MD where our chapter member, Carlos Barillo, is instructor in the performing arts department.

Our concert evening was begun with a wonderful catered banquet dinner featuring salmon and great sides.  Shows vp Ken Rub was coordinator for this event including selling tickets, and working with the caterer and the Memorial host team.  He thanked the Mike Kelly and Joe Cerutti Sr. for their help with sound equipment, and Lew Klinge for hosting the quartet at his home.

The quartet sang after dinner and included one song in their native language that they all knew from their youth and from singing in classical choirs. It was awesome.

Until next time – editorjack!

(This message is prepared for your review if you were there, for your information if you had to miss, and as a historical record of the great things going on with the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd.)

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