Our wonderfully successful concert ‘Heroes & Villains’ was held Saturday June 9, 2012. The rousing closing number was “Harriet Tubman” by Walter Robinson, arranged by Kathleen McGuire, and for an encore, we sang “Shine A Little Light” by Andy Beck.
Though there is no video of the show iteself, we did manage to capture our choir rehearsing these two songs just a few days prior to the concert. You can see them here on YouTube: Harriet Tubman: http://youtu.be/ZBIFVqWXEe0 & Shine A Little Light: http://youtu.be/_T7jQhu2a2g
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.
ONE WEEK LEFT!
It is hard to belive that August is almost over and the September Startup is about to begin, but the new choir season is just around the corner. The first rehearsal of the 2011-2012 season is Tuesday, September 6th, 7:30-9:45pm at St. Margaret’s Cedar Cottage Anglican Church, 1530 E. 22nd Avenue (at Dumfries, near the corner of Kingsway and Knight), in Vancouver.
Come start your September off right: catch up with old friends, eat snacks, meet new friends, touch base and find out what the choir year is going to look like, and oh yeah, sing! Everyone is welcome: New members, old members, not-sures, friends, etc.
Our first performance will be at the Walk For Life in Stanley Park which is on Sunday September 18th. Therefore the first two choir rehearsals, Sept 6 & Sept 13, will focus musically on preparing the choir to sing in support of the walkers. We’ll learn some fairly quick and easy new music as well as review some music pulled from last year so that we’ll be ready to perform on the 18th. The following Tuesday, September 20th, is the rehearsal when we’ll really start turning our attention to the music for the next big concert, set for January 21st, 2012.
[If you think you might be interested but don’t think you will be able to commit to an entire season, consider joining us for just the next few rehearsals and the Performance on September 18th. OR, if you want to join us but your September is just too hectic, join us after the Walk For Life or whenever you can. We accept new members any time of year.]
Looking forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!
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.
Don’t forget about our Choir Potluck at Herb’s house this weekend, Saturday July 16th at 6pm. Contact Herb at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP & get directions & details.
Also coming up on Tuesday July 19th is the and the 2nd and last rehearsal for our performance at the Outgames opening ceremonies (which take place the following Monday, July 25th). It is not too late to join! NOTE: Rehearsal on Tuesday is NOT in our usual venue. Rehearsal is at the Vancouver Film School at 198 W. Hastings (on the corner of Cambie Street) at 7:30pm.
The Outgames are being held during the last week of July in Vancouver this year, and Out in Harmony will be performing at the opening ceremonies! We are inviting all our friends to come join us as we form a mass choir to kick off this exciting event and show the world what a great choral city Vancouver is.
We will be performing O Canada as well as one other piece. We will be holding 2 rehearsals prior to the Opening Ceremonies, and everyone participating needs to come to at least one rehearsal (though preferably both).
Rehearsals: Tuesdays at 7:30pm at the Vancouver Film School – 198 W. Hastings - Tuesday July 12th and Tuesday July 19th. Everyone participating MUST attend at least one of these rehearsals.
Performance: Monday, July 25th at 6pm – Vancouver Art Gallery
Please pass this on to all your singing friends who may be interested, and email our director Nicki at email@example.com if you are planning on participating or if you have any questions.
This is going to be so fabulous! We look forward to seeing everyone and taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity to gather together, sing, and show the world how Vancouver is brimming over with both music and pride!
Sometimes we take ourselves far too seriously. We get caught up in
our jobs and our to-do lists and what’s on the news, and we forget to
pause and simply relax.
Stress is something everyone wants less of, and what is one of the
best stress relievers? Laughter! Shared laughter loosens
inhibitions, releases tension, produces endorphins, strengthens
friendships, and creates lasting memories. With this in mind, Out in
Harmony brings you an evening of lightness and humour. Here you will
find puns, dry wit, satire, classical spoofs, childish silliness, and
the kind of toe-tapping tunes that will have you grinning as soon as
you hear them.
So sit back, forget your troubles for an evening, and enjoy the show.
Date: June 11th, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Central Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, B.C.
At our recent “Looking Back, Looking Forward,” concert, choir member Nelz A offered the following words about “The Song that Goes Like This.”
In every Broadway musical — especially the ones composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber — there’s always this excruciatingly insipid love song that is incredibly long, constantly changes keys, and has insanely high notes. Such a song was parodied in the Monty Python musical comedy Spamalot.
We first performed this song at our OUT ON STAGE concert. I remember we were giggling through our first rehearsal of this song. I was a bass when I first sang this, and I had fun. Now I’m singing this as a tenor painfully trying to hit that E in the lyrics, when it’s really a G. But all in good fun. We all enjoyed singing this song as it is a testament of our sense of humour and fun singing together all these years.
At this point, you may be curious what the hell is this song. Well, it’s The Song That Goes Like This.
Peace! Nelz A, Lauryn H, Michael T and Ben L