Thursday, October 10, 2019

Looking Back on the Oct. 8th Chapter Meeting and Art on the Avenue Gig

A well prepared chorus was on hand for this week’s work session on holiday music.  It was stressed a few times this week that our first holiday show is just a few weeks away – Nov. 30th. at Strathmore.
The work session started with all singers and guests in the theater seats of our meeting place auditorium.  Jason Lee conducted the warm up session.

Then director Joe Cerutti took over and started an exciting nite of singing.  He and associate director Tony Colosimo were just back Monday nite from coaching in Germany, but Joe was fired up about the results he had heard and experienced from our appearance at the Seneca Land District. He thanked Craig Kujawa for making the weekend go so successfully. And Joe couldn’t offer enough complimentary words to the chorus for their performances, enthusiasm and work ethic up in Rochester NY.

He also thanked everyone who did the gig in Del Ray on Saturday.  (See the report on this below.)
To get started singing, Joe asked the guys to sing thru a couple of the songs worked on last Tuesday nite with the section leaders.  It went great! 

Then the music team conducted more sectionals for 15 minutes each on a song, followed by all parts regrouped in the auditorium – songs were “Toyland” and “Ave Maria.”  

Joe shared some show plans for Strathmore when VOCAL SPECTRUM will appear with us and they will sing some parts of “Ave Maria.”  Jack Pitzer shared a Moment In Harmonizer History relaying the often told story about the chorus singing “Toyland” for Perry Como at the Kennedy Center in 1987.

The mid-evening chapter meeting session was conducted by communications director Steve Murane. Those men who will form the mini-chorus for the gig with the Manassas Chorale should be certain they have read the latest message from Terry.

All singers were encouraged to attend the Men’s Fellowship Sing on Wed. Oct. 16th, 7 pm at Alfred Street Baptist Church.  Guests and former members are welcome to join in the fun and fellowship. (Joe has encouraged all men to make this top priority next week – even if that means skipping the Tues. nite chapter meeting.) Casual uniform.

President Shawn Tallant recognized Dennis Ritchey who was named to the M-AD Hall of Honor at the district convention on Saturday in Reading, PA. Congrats to Dennis

Next Shawn reported the results of the quartet contest and initiated the cheers for our seven quartets who appeared. 

Shawn then helped the chapter salute and thank Brad Jones for his dedicated leadership in making the overseas trip to Scotland such a success.  That included a trip photo signed by all singers, and a significant gift of donations from all those who went on the trip.

Secretary Chris Buechler presented membership renewal materials to Casey Belzer for 5 years; Steve Spar for 5 years, Randy Lazear for 45 years including his lapel pin, Carl Kauffmann for 47 years, and Jack Cameron for 50 years including his lapel pin. 

Mark Klostermeyer welcomed singing guests this week: Duncan, Devin and John for their second visits, and Peter for his first visit.

After break, we listened to a new holiday song for the chapter, “Carol of the Bells”
 as sung by the Dallas Vocal Majority. And we watched a video of the NO BORDERS Chorus singing “Please Come Home for Christmas” which will be a new chorus song. 

While we had the projector on, Joe shared the song the Harmonizers will teach all attendees at the Men’s Fellowship next week – “One More Song” words, music and arranged by Joe Lilies.

 (In other news, here is a report prepared by Jerry Jayjohn from the chorus appearance Saturday, Oct. 5th.)     

A 26-man chorus was formed for this performance based on singers who responded on Groupanizer that they were available. They wore the casual outfit and gathered at the Mt Vernon Rec Center at noon to warm up for the Arts on the Avenue event in the Del Ray area of Alexandria.  It was a beautiful day and the ensemble directed by Terry Reynolds put on a great performance. 

Terry took the guys through a quick warm up and then at 1 pm the ensemble took the performance area with about 60 people watching.  The group sang their hearts out on songs including “Music Man,”  “Heart and Music” (Steve Szyszka as soloist),  “There Must be a City “ (Frank Fedarko soloist), “All You Need is Love” (Noah Van Gilder soloist) to name a few.  The crowd swelled to about 100-110 people by the end of the performance with a very warm and welcoming audience. Between songs, Terry gave plugs for our upcoming shows and invited the men in the audience to come out to a Tuesday practice. After the performance, the Harmonizers were released to mingle and talk to the audience.

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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