Looking Back on the September 16th Strathmore Performance
(Thanks to Jerry Jayjohn for taking notes for this event. YeEd!)
The Harmonizers were special guests at Strathmore Music Hall in Bethesda, MD, for the retirement gala of outgoing CEO of Strathmore, Eliot Pfanstiehl.
The chorus was invited especially to reprise two great songs from “I Am Harvey Milk” which the chorus did a couple years ago at Strathmore – “ San Francisco” and “Friday Night in the Castro.” Several of our guys did solos in the “Castro” – Frank Fedarko, Clyde Crusenberry, Terry Reynolds, Connor Goss, Randall Ellison, and Steve Szyszka
Other performers on the show were members of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, Strathmore Children's Chorus, the YA youth chorus, and a youth trombone chorus. Director was Rolando Santz.
The Harmonizers came together at noon for their call time on Sunday, and had warm ups with our director Joe Cerutti. The chorus was to be dressed before 4:30 in our new blue suits with vest and orange accessories. We were called to the wings around 5:30 to be ready. The guys took the stage during one of the many videos building up to our two songs. Seeing Eliot's face when the hidden mirror ball was revealed during "Friday Night at the Castro," made the long day well worth it.
After Eliot, made his final remarks as the CEO, he was tasked with starting the tune that was dear to his heart "Seventy-Six Trombones." As the entire company sang the final piece, 28 streamer cannons were shot off showering the audience with colored streamers and a drum major marched Eliot Pfanstiehl out of the auditorium to begin his retirement. The chorus and performers left the stage without an exit plan.
Several men who sang “Milk” with us before also joined in the fun this time. And for a number of new members of the chorus, this was their first time at Strathmore and first time to perform these songs.
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