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    The Rocky Mountain Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Competition Scheduled for March Eight best regional singing groups will compete in all-vocal, public
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 12, 2004
      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 that’s been sweeping our region’s 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 region’s eight best groups—chosen 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 instruments—only voices—are used. Rol Sharette, 45-year veteran of professional singing and producer of this year’s event, explained, "A Cappella’s popularity is skyrocketing because today’s groups perform contemporary songs from many musical styles. You’ll 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 evening’s winner will be the Rocky Mountain’s choice to compete against 7 other groups from across North America—and hopefully win—at 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 area’s 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 year’s event is sponsored by Flesher-Hinton Music Company, Colorado’s 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.
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