What a concert!

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.

Concert Thanks and Photos

What a great concert!  January 21, 2012 we performed “what i want”, a wonderful concert in which we musically explored some of our dreams, desires and wishes, both for ourselves and for the world.  Thank you to all who volunteered, attended, performed, and otherwise made the evening a huge success.  Some photographs are up on our flickr page (OutinHarmonyChoir) if you’d like to take a look.

{And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our NEXT concert, Heroes & Villains, coming June 9th.}

The Song that Goes Like This

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.

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Peace! Nelz A, Lauryn H, Michael T and Ben L