- To all --
Before Kipp chimes in, here are the scores for the 1992 and 1993
performances of "Bright was the Night" by the Gas House Gang at
International. Scores notwithstanding, 1992 in New Orleans had the audience
on their seat edges for NOT knowing what was coming, while in Calgary in
1993 we were on our seat edges for KNOWING what was coming. Both were
remarkable, but the first time was a landmark performance right up with
anything I'll ever be privileged to see.
Please remember that the scoring categories then were Sound, Stage Presence,
Interpretation (all on a 0-100 scale) and Arrangement (on a +20 to -19 scale
based on specific items in the chart as performed). The changes after
Calgary don't affect this quartet; they were the last winners in the old
system. On a three judge panel, the scores were:
Sound: 1992 -- 283 points 1993 -- 273 points
Interpretation: 1992 -- 272 points 1993 -- 274 points
Stage Presence: 1992 -- 273 points 1993 -- 269 points
Arrangement: 1992 -- +3 points 1993 -- +13 points
All three Sound judges were the same in both contests, as were one each of
the Interpretation and Stage Presence judges. I'll let the panels comment,
but I think most of us would regard the offsetting Arrangement and Sound
score difference of 3 points per judge a year apart as barely notable. My
personal opinion is that no audience member from New Orleans could hear the
piece again in the same way -- I certainly was there both times and still
would pay to watch and hear them do it -- as they did in 1992.
This naturally raises the discussion point of the impact of the "first time"
for such a piece on scoring. I'd be glad to say that I think in the current
system, such an impact would be rewarded if a miracle might recur and
another group might resurrect a piece in a similar fashion. (It's also
related to why I never, EVER introduce a song in any of my quartets by
mentioning the name of the song. Never. Not once. We're storytellers,
after all, and telling the name of the song is tantamount to giving away the
punchline of the story).
Anyway, you now have the facts on the scoring, and it probably answers
Alexandria, VA chapter
--- In bbshop@y..., "Sutton, Robert" <bsutton@A...> wrote:
... 1992 in New Orleans had the audience on their seat edges for NOT
knowing what was coming ... the first time was a landmark performance
right up with ... anything I'll ever be privileged to see ...
Yes, and I remember it like it was yesterday. One thing worth
noting, too, is I believe GHG won the first and third sets, but
Keepsake's semi-finals set scored enough points that they came out on
Keepsake sang "Roses of Piccardy" in that second set, and I remember
being only halfway up the stairs of the raised section when they came
out, so I sat down on a step to watch them sing. An uncomfortable
seat, but a great performance!
Then, GHG came out in the finals and blew us all away with "Shine"
and "Bright Was The Night." I agree that it had more impact the
first time around that it did the following year. Talk about chills
Back in 1998 on this list, there was a thread about Greatest
Performances. Here's what I said at the time about that contest:
"The best friendly rivalry: Keepsake singing 'Roses of Piccardy' in
the second round, and Gas House Gang following up with 'Bright Was
the Night' in the finals (SPEBSQSA, New Orleans, 1992). What a horse
Gee, that reference to horse races brings back memories of GHG's
jockey set and those funny little inflatable horses around their
waists! Yes, I think GHG gave us many fine contest sets while they
were on the competition circuit.
Capital City Chorus, SAI
Associate Member, HI