DENVER, (Feb. 6, 2004)
Can the Colorado a cappella singing phenomenon thats been sweeping our
regions schools and performing venues for over a decade launch a group talented
enough to beat all international competitors?
Colorado will be a step closer to knowing on March 6 when nearly
a thousand avid fans and curious new listeners will pack Gates
Concert Hall at the University of Denver for
the Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella
Starting at 7 p.m., the regions eight best groupschosen from 15
applicants by an audition/review committee will perform their most compelling a
cappella arrangements. Any style of music can be performed, so long as no
instrumentsonly voicesare used. Rol Sharette, 45-year veteran of professional
singing and producer of this years event, explained, "A Cappellas
popularity is skyrocketing because todays groups perform contemporary songs
from many musical styles. Youll hear modern R&B, rock, jazz, latin, you
name it. Many groups use their voices to imitate instruments, so the music has
become hip for a very wide audience."
A great example of this kind of singing is last year's Rocky
Mountain Regional Champs, Groove Society, who were
cited as one of the best vocal jazz style groups ever to appear in the local
Sweeps. This year, among other appearances, Groove Society will open in Colorado
Springs April 30 for the 2003 international Harmony Champions, Idea
A panel of judges comprised of local and national music experts and media
celebs will rank the performances based on skill, originality and presentation.
The evenings winner will be the Rocky Mountains choice to compete against 7
other groups from across North Americaand hopefully winat the
International Harmony Sweepstakes Competition in San
Francisco in May. This year marks the 20th National competition, which became
international last year and produced a winning group from Australia.
The local event, now in its 15th year, takes place in the areas
premier new venue acoustically rich Gates Concert
Hall, on the DU campus, at University Boulevard and
The Rocky Mountain Regional produced a champion once before. In 1993,
local group the 17th Avenue Allstars took the regional
competition and later the National Harmony Sweepstakes Championships. Each year,
the a cappella phenomenon grows in popularity, making the competition stiffer
and more exciting.
This years event is sponsored by Flesher-Hinton Music
Company, Colorados largest commercial music resource,
headquartered in Denver. The Colorado Vocal Jazz Society, a 20 year-old
non-profit organization, is producing the event.
What: Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes
March 6, 2004 at 7pm
Where: Gates Concert Hall,
Newman Center, University of Denver, University Blvd. at Iliff
$18 adults, $14 students and seniors.
Groups of 15 or more can buy for $14 by
calling DU Box Office
How to buy: University of Denver Box
Office, 303-871-7720. Also TicketMaster or