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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: John Godfrey (360)754-5397 jtyerfdog@gmail.com Masterworks Choral Ensemble Presents Bringing Down the House: Northwest
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      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

      Media Contact:
      John Godfrey
      (360)754-5397
      jtyerfdog@...


      Masterworks Choral Ensemble Presents Bringing Down the House:
      Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

      Olympia – 02/04/2008 – Great news for a cappella fans: Harmony Sweepstakes is just
      around the corner! Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents the 14th annual Northwest
      Regional Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival on March 8, 2008 at the Washington
      Center for the Performing Arts.

      What's so exciting about Harmony Sweepstakes? Primarily, it's an enthusiastic reception
      for vocal groups from our region. It's also an unabashed celebration of this amazing
      instrument we call the human voice. And, it's a friendly competition that results in the
      winners going on to the national finals.

      Here in the Northwest, come March, we're ready for diversions that shake and stir. This is
      precisely when things are heating up in the a cappella world. Across the U.S. eight
      regional competitions are held from March 8 to April 20. The same simple ingredients go
      into each one: vocal groups of three to eight members have 10 minutes each to perform
      their best unaccompanied vocal music before a live audience and a panel of judges. Any
      style of a cappella music is welcome in the mix.

      This year's Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes features The Coats as host and guest artist.
      The Coats (formerly The Trenchcoats) won the regional and national championships in
      1994, and graciously returned once before to host the Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes.
      Based in Seattle, they are one of the region's best vocal bands and one of the most in-
      demand acts on the country's corporate and college circuits.

      Radio personality Smilin' Jay of Mixx 96.1 KXXO returns with his own amazing vocal range
      to emcee this year's event. And, five of the six groups have appeared in the Northwest
      Harmony Sweepstakes before, including Olympia's own "boy band," The Akafellas. Other
      competitors include The Baudboys, Rezonate, A Toast of the Town, V-Chords, and
      Vocalocity. Audience members will be entertained with a full range of a cappella styles —
      pop, rock, jazz, doo-wop, folk, country, gospel, R&B — and plenty of vocal percussion.

      With a cappella harmony bringing down the house, this is one night on the town music
      lovers won't want to miss. The show begins at 7:30 and the evening concludes with an
      "afterglow" in the lobby of the Washington Center, where concertgoers can sing along with
      performers.

      Tickets are available at the Washington Center Box Office, 512 Washington Street SE,
      Olympia, or by calling 360-753-8586. Information about Harmony Sweepstakes is
      available online at www.harmony-sweepstakes.com. Information about Masterworks
      Choral Ensemble is available at www.MCE.org.


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      SUMMARY
      Who: Masterworks Choral Ensemble presents
      What: Bringing Down the House:
      Northwest Regional Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival
      When: Saturday, March 8, 2008, 7:30pm
      Where: Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 512 Washington Street SE, Olympia
      Cost: $23 adults, $11 students
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