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    Newsflash The Cherry Creek News and Central Denver Dispatch, an award-winning community newspaper, reaches 30,000 readers direct by mail every month in the
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 25, 2008
      The Cherry Creek News and Central Denver Dispatch, an award-winning community newspaper, reaches 30,000 readers direct by mail every month in the heart of Denver, including Cherry Creek, Country Club, Bonnie Brae, Hilltop and Lowry!
      2008 Rocky Mountain Harmony A Cappella Festival to be held Saturday, March 15PrintE-mail
      Written by Gloria Shanstrom   
      Saturday, 23 February 2008

      This year marks the 19th regional Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival and the 24th National Harmony Sweeps. Harmony Sweepstakes is the premier American showcase for vocal harmony music. The annual national competition draws hundreds of vocal groups from around the country with regional competitions in eight cities. The winning group from each festival is flown in to perform in front of celebrity judges and a sold out house of enthusiastic a cappella fans at the National Finals.

      The rules are very simple. Any style of music can be performed, so long as no instruments - only voices - are used. A panel of judges comprised of local and national music experts and media celebrities rank the performances based on skill, originality and presentation.

      On Saturday, March 15, in the Ranum Auditorium, the following seven talented a cappella groups will compete for recognition and valuable prizes, as well as the Rocky Mountain Championship title in the 2007 Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes. This event is hosted by the winners of the 2007 Sweepstakes and the 2008 winner will represent the Rocky Mountain Region at the National A Cappella Competition.

      Here's the exciting line-up of competitors for 2008. For additional photos please visit http://www.cvjs.org.

      The 40th Parallel - Denver, Colorado The 40th Parallel began as the Colorado Collegiate All Stars, a talented group of college vocalists banded together by the goal of becoming a professional vocal group. The group was formed by audition in May of 2007. That summer, The 40th Parallel learned two hours of contemporary pop/rock music and performed over twenty five times including opening for face at Nissi’s Bistro and at the Colorado Vocal Conference in October of 2007. This ambitious group of college students and graduates has big plans to continue to develop and eventually join the ranks of the other extremely successful professional groups in the Denver area.

      Curious Gage – Fort Collins, Colorado Working out of Fort Collins, Colorado, Curious Gage has been a fixture in the contemporary a cappella scene for over 5 years. With five voices, five microphones, dynamic bass and powerful vocal percussion, the members of Curious Gage capture the energy and enthusiasm of an instrumental band using only their voices. Winners of the illustrious Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes competition in 2006, Curious Gage has enjoyed national a cappella recognition and local acclaim, and has spread their love of vocal harmony across the Front Range. For more information about Curious Gage, please visitwww.curiousgage.com.

      Groove Society – Aurora, Colorado Thoughtfully crafted arrangements, intricate rhythms, exhilarating improvisations, and astonishingly authentic vocal percussion give Groove Society a unique sound that leaves enthusiastic audiences amazed at the complexity and power that can be achieved by six vocalists with no instruments. Group members hold degrees ranging from vocal performance to music education to theory and composition, and have combined their talents to create a dynamic group that captivates concertgoers and finds itself in demand. The group’s repertoire includes the full spectrum of jazz styles as well as R&B and popular music infused with extended jazz harmonies. For more information about Groove Society, please visit www.groovesociety.org

      Legacy – Lubbock, Texas Legacy is a nationally known contemporary Christian vocal group that is based out of Lubbock, Texas. Their sound has been compared to many world renowned groups such as Take 6, Acappella, Gaither Vocal Band and Rockapella. The group consists of John Paul Sheppard, Clint Dickerson, Josh Wheeler and Jake Lierman. For more information about Legacy, please visitwww.legacymusiconline.com.

      Nexus Quartet – Centennial, Colorado 2004 Rocky Mountain District Champions in the Barbershop Harmony Society, 2005 and 2006 international competitor, and now ranked as one of the top quartets in the world, NeXus continues to grow in popularity. Presenting a wide variety of a cappella music, including Barbershop, Jazz, Contemporary, Gospel, and more, the group's entertaining shows are filled with great harmonies, ringing chords, a lot of smiles and more than a few laughs. Information about Nexus Quartet, please visitwww.nexusqt.com.

      Vocality – Longmont, Colorado Vocality is one of the premier vocal ensembles of the Vocality Music Company. Specializing in musical entertainment for any event, the ensemble perfoms original explorational pieces that fuse the choral music tradition with elements of contemporary a cappella, pop, world, classical and jazz. For more information about Vocality, please visit www.vocalitysingers.com .

      Vox Feminae – Denver, Colorado Vox Feminae is the University of Colorado at Denver’s newest a cappella ensemble. This group of 8 women performs very dense, difficult harmonies in several different styles, including Latin, folk and pop, and is quickly proving the saying, “Who needs a man, anyway?” Watch for them to perform at the University of Colorado at Denver’s Spring A Cappella concert.

      The 2008 Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes: Saturday, March 15, 2008, 7 p.m. Ranum Auditorium 2401 W. 80th Avenue, Denver 80221 (exit US-36 at Federal Blvd; north to 80th; east to NW corner of Zuni).

      Tickets are $14-$18 at www.ticketweb.com or call 720-290-2761.

      -The Cherry Creek News-
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