Friday, August 24, 2018

Looking Back on the August 21st Chapter Meeting 

It was another work session for the chorus and the director.  But things are shaping up nicely for the Sept. 8th show. Director Joe Cerutti took time during the evening to share how the show will flow and how the songs will be introduced and intertwined with video of past performances.

After warm ups with Joe, the there a concentrated work period on “Steppin Out” with the choreo.  Bruce Roehm did the training and reminder coaching for this song including the work with the front row.  There was also time spent on the coat exchanges and tear-away items that made this song a spectacular contest number in the past.

Another block of time was used for “Great Day” with Craig Kujawa doing the reminding for this song.
Prior to the meeting there was work by the front row for those songs and for “Miller Medley.”

Also before the meeting the new chorus uniforms were issued. Uniform “wrangler” Robyn Murane has also sent out instructions for each man to get his suit tailored as instructed.

For the business meeting period, Steve Murane announced that all meetings thru Sept. will be at the Temple except the Dog Days event on Aug. 28th.

The Dog Days event hosted by the Manassas Chapter for several Northern Virginia Chapters to come together to sing for each other 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.

We will sing several of the songs from the show – good chance to prove to ourselves we can do them well.  Songs will be “Great Day,” “Summertime,” “Kiss in the Shadow,” “Steppin Out,” “NY NY,” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.”

There was the usual reminder to sell more tickets and to turn in any unsold consignment tickets to Ian Poulin.

Ike Evans is coordinating an order for Harmonizer attaché bags.

Shows vice president Joe Cerutti Sr. brought the chorus up-to-date on all upcoming shows/events. He thanked Casey Belzer and Adam Afifi for their great work on the show printed program.

He encouraged all to attend Dog Days as a chance for some fellowship with fellow chorus members and guys from other chapters.

He encouraged all to join in the fun to perform music from “I Am Harvey Milk” at Strathmore in Sept.  What an honor.

And he explained the importance of two performances in the area: one at the Del Ray community event outdoors on Oct. 6th and one in DC on Oct. 31st for a canine rescue group fundraiser.
Finally he confirmed that the Holiday Show will be Sat. Dec. 8th at TC Williams High School. Only one show.

President Shawn Tallant reports that on the International trip in 2019 there is a chance we will make a stop in Alexandria’s Sister City of Dundee. President Shawn is also collecting contributions to the angel fund.
And Shawn reported that Bob Wachter is at home in recovery from his health matter, and that Mike Everard is working hard to get back his strength and wellness so he can be discharged from the rehab center following his major surgery.

Chapter secretary Chris Buecher presented membership renewal cards to Mickey Robertson for 3 years and to Alan Wile for 37 years.

Membership team member Mark Klostermeyer welcomed Dylan who was singing on the risers with us.
After a break, there was more work on the rest of the songs for the show.

Then after the chorus was dismissed, there was a quick run thru of the “Milk” songs for those interested.
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