Sunday, October 20, 2019

Looking Back on the Oct. 16th Men’s Choral Fellowship

The sanctuary of Alfred Street Baptist was full for the fourth annual Men’s Choral Fellowship in Alexandria.  There were about 200 men from all parts of the DC region singing and pouring their hearts out in song.

Hosted by the Harmonizers and the Male Chorus from Alfred Street, the evening included performances from four men’s ensembles.  And after each group sang two songs, they taught all the others a song. Our director Joe Cerutti and Alfred Street director Melvin Bryant were co-hosts and kicked off the nite with some history of the event and then some details of how the evening would work.  Copies of music that would be taught were shared. Joyce Garrett, Music Minister for Alfred Street, also welcomed all the singers and shared her joy that this event has grown so large and that it continues.

Alfred Street invited the Greater Mount Calvary Holy Church Male Chorus directed by Cornelius Young to participate this year; and the Harmonizers invited the Washington Men’s Camerada directed by Frank Albinder to participate. 

The Harmonizers sang “Circle of Life/Heart and Music” with Tony Colosimo and Drew Fuller singing the solos and Bob Blair providing rhythm for this one; and “For Good” with Jon Frank singing the solo for this one. The Harmonizers taught “One More Song” from BHS – an original song and arrangement by Joe Liles.

After all the singing, there was a social time in the church basement – plenty of good things for all to eat including great wings and dips! And there was plenty of time and space to continue visiting with our fellow singers that had begun upstairs with us all seated  by part (tenor 1, tenor 2, bass 1 and bass 2) and not seated with our own chorus.

It was great to have some family members on hand for the event, as well as two recent guests, Duncan and Devin.   Clyde Crusenberry helped organize this event for our chapter and worked with the folks at Alfred Street
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 each week during the 70th year of the Alexandria Harmonizer Chapter. —YeEd

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