It’s that time again: Out in Harmony will be starting rehearsals soon! Whether you sang with us last year, have been away for a few years, or have been thinking of checking us out, we’d love to see you. If you have any friends you think would enjoy singing with us, we’d love to see them, too! (Even if you can’t make it for the first couple of rehearsals, feel free to join us when you can.)
Our first rehearsal of the new season will be on Sept. 4. As always, rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:30 to 9:45 at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 E. 22nd Ave. (Please don’t wear anything scented to choir events, and be aware that we have one member who has a severe allergy to marijuana/hemp, so please don’t smell of that, either.)
This year, we will be singing at the Walk For Life on Sunday, Sept. 23, so the first few rehearsals will include some new music, and some singing through of last year’s music in preparation. (The new music for our January concert is going to be all Canadian, though perhaps not the Canadian music you might expect!)
If you have any questions, feel free to browse our FAQs or send us an e-mail.
We look forward to seeing you!
Out in Harmony‘s ‘Heroes & Villains‘ concert last night was fabulous! Big kudos to all the wonderful folks who helped make it happen: Central Presbyterian Church for the venue, Len Christiansen & John for their hard work with the sound system, the Concert Planning Committee for arranging the myriad details necessary to putting on a show, the many generous donors who helped create the gift baskets which were raffled off during the concert, Ariel and the hard working volunteer team, the choir members themselves for all their hard work and dedication in learning and performing the music, the many astounding soloists who stepped up into the spotlight and touched our hearts and minds with their inspiring and beautiful performances, Nicki our director for her nurturing leadership, and of course our amazing and enthusiastic audience!
It was truly a full-spectrum experience, with a wonderful mixture of music that ran the gamut: choral pieces and solos, heart-wrenching prayers and campy romps, lighthearted fluff and thought-provoking ballads, some pieces familiar to almost everyone and some known by hardly any, beautiful, invigorating, and inspiring. In the next few weeks we’ll hopefully be posting photos & comments from the concert, so check back here (and if you have photos or comments/reviews, let us know!)
The choir has only one more rehearsal/wrap-up-party before summer break, but stay tuned for news about summer time events such as PRIDE, picnics in the park, etc. The fall season’s first rehearsal will be Tuesday September 4th, and we’ll start preparing for January’s Canadiana themed concert.
Choir members and all friends of Out In Harmony are invited to join the social butterflies for a second movie this summer. On Friday August 12th Grease with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John is playing and we’ll be there. (Hey, we even know the
music to “We Go Together” ;-)
There will be picnicing starting 6:30 p.m. on the grass close to the Coal Harbour Community Centre. To get there, just keep going towards the water, (Harbour Green Park 480 Broughton Street). The movie itself starts around 8:30 if you’re not able to join us for dinner.
Bring blankets to sit on and sweatshirts as it does get chilly, and nibbles (food of whatever sort, as always with ingredients labelled to help out those will allergies), or just your fabulous selves. Friends, sweeties, prospective choir members and the like are all welcome. We can’t wait to see you there!
More info at: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=210014329043440
The Muppet Movie (yes the original one from 1979) is playing at Robson Square the evening of Monday, August 8.
Dennis L will be “Moving Right Along” to that showing along with Chris and several others, and says: I’d love you to be there, too! “Never Before, Never Again” will the opportunity present itself to watch this movie on a big screen with all my friends, and I intend to enjoy it to the full. “I Hope That Something Better Comes Along” than the weather we’ve been having, but I intend to be there rain or shine.
Please be there with me, and we’ll watch the show and sing along from “Rainbow Connection” to “The Magic Store” and every song in between.
Though we may be taking a rest from rehearsals, we aren’t taking a rest from fun! Come join us on Saturday July 16th for a festive Out in Harmony Summer Potluck.
WHO: All are welcome – choir members [past, present, or future], friends, partners, anybody interested in learning more about us, fans & groupies, etc. :)
WHERE: Herb’s House in East Van (10th and Woodland -ish) [exact address will be provided available when you RSVP]
WHEN: Saturday July 16th at 6pm
WHAT: It’s a potluck! Bring potluck dish or other food contribution (with ingredients listed please, and NO hemp due to severe allergy), travel mug/reusable cup if you wish, or just your own self – no further contribution required. Please note there will be a BBQ available.
Please come to the front door, or around back which is wheelchair accessible. Herb has 2 small dogs, so please be mindful of closed gates. Please RSVP to Herb’s cell (778-882-6367) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so he has a sense of how many people to expect, and also to get his exact address.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Our own Lloyd Meeker is about to launch his Canadian edition of his novel Traveling Light
“…this is a beautifully written novel, an almost perfect marriage of style and story…This is a book to be savored on many different levels… a wonderfully compelling read.”
Victor J. Banis, author and pioneer of contemporary gay fiction
“I couldn’t put this one down, partly because of the writing, and partly because the world Meeker creates is so entrancing.”
Neil S. Plakcy, award-winning author of the Mahu mystery series and other novels
Little Sisters is proud to host the Canadian launch of Lloyd Meeker’s new novel, a Vancouver hero’s shamanic journey that intersects with a 13th century Anasazi shaman as he struggles to bring his brother’s murderer to justice. The author will discuss elements of this gay hero’s journey and will read from the book prior to signing copies. Light refreshments will be offered.
Date: June 9, 2011
Time: 7 PM
Location: Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium
1238 Davie Street
The next Out in Harmony Board meeting is scheduled for March 17th @ 7:15 p.m. Any member of the choir who might be interested in attending is welcome; talk to any Board member at rehearsal for details on the location.
Tenor-Bass section leader Kevin: Looking back, looking forward… looking amazing!