Harmonizers at Carnegie Hall
- 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.
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