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Harmonizers at Carnegie Hall

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  • Alan & Janet Lamson
    Friday night was a great international performance at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Alexandria Harmonizers shared the famed stage with the HAGI Chorus of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 22, 2011
      Friday night was a great international performance at Carnegie Hall in New
      York. The Alexandria Harmonizers shared the famed stage with the HAGI
      Chorus of Sendai, Japan, the Men's Glee Club of New York, the Men's Glee
      Club of Tokyo and Kansai, the White Pine Glee Club of Detroit, and the Japan
      Choral Society of New York. With nearly 300 singers crossing the stage it
      was a marvelous event that was performed as a charity concert for Sendai,
      Japan (located at the heart of the effects of the March 2011 9.0 earthquake
      and resulting tsunami).



      The Harmonizers clearly commanded the stage during their performance (which
      also featured an appearance of 'Round Midnight singing "Shout" with backup
      by the Harmonizers). They performed "Great Day" Arr. David Harrington,
      "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" Arr. Mark Hale, "Summertime" Arr. Steve Jamison and
      "Stars and Stripes" Arr. David Wright. The audience of more than 2,200 was
      also treated to what will undoubtedly be their contest package in Kansas
      City ("If I Love You" Arr. Steve Tramack (its premier performance) and "What
      Do I Need With Love" Arr. Kirk Young.



      It was also very entertaining to hear so much music performed in Japanese
      and featuring music written and arranged by Japanese composers. Imagine
      that the combined Japanese choruses sang their 'favorites' at the end of the
      performance including Oklahoma, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and Ezekiel Saw
      de Wheel - all performed in Japanese. As the Harmonizers sang as part of
      the finale, it was fun to watch many of the younger members of the Japanese
      choruses trying to perform the visual package with the Harmonizers from
      their position immediately behind them. Truly music and a performance that
      everyone (audience and performer alike) enjoyed and wanted to be a part of.



      Clearly a night to be remembered. And thank you to the Harmonizers for
      being such great representatives of our musical style.



      Alan Lamson

      BHS President



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