Friday, August 17, 2018

Looking Back on the August 14th Chapter Meeting 

This week’s meeting and rehearsal were pretty much all work for the anniversary show.

Associate director Tony Colosimo did the warm ups and then director Joe Cerutti took over to go right to work on the big production numbers for that Sept. 8th show.

Before the meeting started the front row worked hard on all they need to do for that performance as well as some smaller groups worked who will do front row moves for “Miller Medley.”

All evening, show ticket chairman Ian Poulin was set up behind the risers to accept consignment returns, monies and issue more tickets.   Word is that we have sold half the house.

That station also was the point to get your name on the list for Platinum Affair after the show - $35 per ticket.  Ken Rub is in charge.

Bruce Roehm helped teach the rest of the presentation plan for “Steppin Out” and the chorus drilled it and worked hard to get it down.

Communications chair Steve Murane conducted the chapter meeting. The rest of the meetings in August will be at the Scottish Rite Temple – except the Tues nite Aug. 28th event in Manassas.

That is the date for the Dog Days event hosted by the Manassas Chapter for several Northern Virginia Chapters to come together to sing for each other. It will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 12975 Purcell Rd. Manassas.  Show starts at 7 pm and the Harmonizers always sing last.  We will be in the hall to watch all the other choruses, so arrive warmed up and ready to perform.  Black camp shirts and jeans.  New guys and guest are welcome and so are family members. Car pool is a good idea too.

Dennis Ritchey received a request for a quartet or small ensemble to sing at a DC hospital for a recovering military veteran.  See Dennis is you can help.

See Randall Eliason to sign the sheet indicating you are covered for liability on your auto.

Reminder that the Sept 7th rehearsal the nite before the show is a tech event and for the front row. Not the chorus.

Steve sent out another explanation of how to promote the show on the “Next Door” app –for the community where you live.

Brad Jones announced latest updates on the chorus trip to England in 2019.

There was some explanation that the show on Oct 20th is an important one – even tho we will only sing one song. Many reps from other groups in the Metro area will be at that fundraiser event.  So clear your calendar for the evening show.  Maybe we will all go out afterward.

To confirm and have all Harmonizers and their families to save the date – the 2018 Holiday Show will be Sat. Dec. 8th at 7:30 pm at TC Williams High School on King Street.  One nite show.  Music is on Groupanizer already.  No new songs – but some we have not sung for a year or two. 

President Shawn Tallant pushed for all to plan to be at Dog Days to share the barbershop hobby with our fellow singers in the area.  

He also welcomed Sandy Stamps back after her surgery.  And he reported that Dave Welter’s mother passed away.  

The chapter received a nice note from Bill Winterberg in NJ encouraging us in our work for the fall show.  Bill is a charter member of our district and long time fan of the chorus.

We are wearing the black tux for part of the fall show.  All singers should be certain they have all the parts for that uniform and that they still fit.  If not, see Robyn Murane immediately.

Membership guy Calvin Schnure welcomed guests Adam and Masashi, as well as our newest members Jacob Broude and Peter Cermak.

Tony Colosimo and some guys did a FaceBook live piece and the chorus sang a tag from the show. Part of our promotional efforts.  It was already getting huge numbers of responses before we left the meeting. Chapter tech guy, Mike Kelly, did the filming.

We ended the nite singing three of the show songs without stopping and just to prove to ourselves we could do them well.

One, two, three – it’s great to be a Harmonizer!  And we were finished.

A good crowd made it over to the afterglow too.

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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