Harmony Sweeps coming up quickly!
- The Rocky Mountain "Harmony Sweepstakes"
A Cappella Competition Scheduled for March
Eight best regional singing groups will compete in all-vocal, public concert at DU.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 Festival.
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 of North.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 Iliff.
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
When: March 6, 2004 at 7pm
Where: Gates Concert Hall, Newman Center, University of Denver, University Blvd. at Iliff
Cost: $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 Ticket Web.