Friday, August 16, 2019

Looking Back on the August 13th Chapter Meeting

The crowd this week was small – and many of those who just got back from the chorus trip to Scotland and England were exhausted having only been home for less than a day.

The overall summary and comments about the adventure were “terrific,” “most fun I ever had,” and “maybe the best show the Harmonizers ever performed.”  

But since only about a dozen travelers were present, the actual celebration will be held next week. 

So associate director Tony Colosimo did warm ups and director Joe Cerutti drilled the chorus on a few songs to incorporate the visual plan – especially to reconnect the travelers and non-travelers with the songs.
The chorus stood on risers that were not connected but arranged around the stage (for the fall show there will be platforms). This meant new chorus positions for many guys.  The front row guys worked in another room to continue polishing their show performances. 

Shows manager Joe Cerutti Sr. had lots of show flyers on hand for guys to take to help sell tickets and promote attendance. Now that the trip is over, it is time to concentrate on selling show tickets!
There was a reminder of the optional rehearsals on Wed, Aug. 14 and Wed. Aug. 21 at Scottish Rite Temple.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27th, the Harmonizers will join the other area barbershop choruses at the annual Dog Days of Summer event hosted by the Manassas Chapter.  Guests and new members are for sure encouraged to join us.  And many members will bring family to enjoy the performances – including our Harmonizer portion.  There are refreshments and this year – a time to mix and mingle and get to meet fellow 
barbershoppers. It’s not too early to organize a car pool, make arrangements for a ride from a Metro stop, or to plan a dinner stop en route (some of us gather at Famous Dave’s BBQ on the Prince William Parkway about 5:30).  Join us.  And if you can’t get there by 7, come anyway, as we sing last on the program. (YeEd believes the event will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church again – 12975 Purcell Rd., Manassas 20112,)

There were three guests present this week – Riley, grandson of Frank Shipp, Tessa Walker who sings with HOT PURSUIT, and John Sifuentes, who has moved here from TX where he sang with the Marcsmen Chorus in San Antonio.

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