AVSC Pleased to Present Singing Valentines

We were thrilled with the AV Press and the mention we received regarding the Singing Valentines happening next week!

With Valentine’s Day being just one week from today you still have time to get your order in :) Just follow this link to make this a most memorable Valentines Day! http://avshowcasechorus.com/singing-telegram/

AV Press promotes Singing Valentines

Weekend Warblers in the Spotlight Today

Weekend Warblers Win 1st in Double Quartet ContestIn the AV Press today
By: Liane M. Roth Valley Life Editor

The “Weekend Warblers,” a double quartet representing the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, was rewarded with the sweet sound of success at the regional seminar at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield as the group brought home first place ribbons and a trophy.

The “Weekend Warblers,” a double quartet representing the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, was rewarded with the sweet sound of success at the regional seminar at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield as the group brought home first place ribbons and a trophy.

Featuring Liz Antony, Dawn Baertlein, Monica Hoffman, Ann Layton, Denise O’Neill, VaJezatha Payne, Susan Sirex and Dottie Zagar, the group sang a rousing rendition of “The San Francisco Bay Blues” and received a standing ovation from the audience comprising their peers, members said, with fourteen competitive teams representing chorus groups from around Southern California and Nevada.

Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performances.

Barbershop harmony is a style of a cappella, or unaccompanied vocal music produced by four parts – lead, tenor, baritone and bass – and is traditionally performed by men.

The Sweet Adelines represent the new face of barbershop as they present the familiar style of music through animated performances and creative, often colorful, costumes. They are all women and they have put a glamorous stamp on the genre as they sing in sweet, enthralling tones.

Each of the four parts has its own role. Generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone covers the same range as the lead, sometimes singing below and sometimes above.

Catch the harmonizing gals as they perform during “A Magical BLVD Christmas” in front of the Western Hotel/Museum on Lancaster Boulevard between 5 and 9 p.m. Friday.

Celebrate the best Christmas has to offer as AVSC presents “Christmas Memories” with guest performances by Antelope Valley Learning Academy Children’s Choir and featured guests “Makin’ Mischief” on Sunday, Dec. 15.

Two shows are available at 2 and 5 p.m. at Arbor Court Theater, 858 West Jackman St., Lancaster.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance or at the door.

AV Showcase Chorus of Sweet Adelines International meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at United Desert Charities, Angel Hall, 2101 East Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale.

For details, visit avshowcasechorus.com.


Celebrate Christmas Memories with AVSC

AVSC Presents Christmas Memories

You are invited to come celebrate the best that Christmas has to offer with Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus. December 15 the chorus will host two performances at the Arbor Court Theater – home of It’s Only Tuesday Productions. The 1st show starts at 2 pm and the second at 5 pm.

Guests will include the children’s choir from Antelope Valley Learning Academy and everyone’s favorite Makin’ Mischief. Get your tickets at the door or call 661-726-9355.

Celebrate Christmas Memories with AVSC

Performing for “Celebrate America”

The AV Press once again gave the chorus a mention as they reminded the community about the activities coming up during Celebrate America taking place tomorrow on Lancaster Blvd.

We are grateful to the press and those promoting the event to be included in the articles. Read the latest one here…

Fireworks to end patriotic day

LANCASTER – After a tribute to Antelope Valley residents who served in the military, car and motorcycle shows and nostalgic music, downtown’s fourth annual Celebrate America festival on Lancaster Boulevard will culminate with a fireworks show.

The festival runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The 10-minute fireworks show begins at 8:40 p.m. and will fire more than 400 shells, 200 of them as the grand finale.

“What better way to end a night of nostalgia, reminiscing and Americana than a stellar fireworks show?” Mayor R. Rex Parris said in the city’s announcement.

The fireworks show will originate at American Heroes Park just north of Lancaster Boulevard. Spectators will not be allowed in the park for safety reasons.

The best viewing will be from Lancaster Boulevard, said Brian Whalen, the city’s operations manager and event coordinator.

The annual tribute to America will include three stages of entertainment, including tributes to Frank Sinatra and Elvis. The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus will perform at the Western Hotel Museum stage.

The Lancaster Performing Arts Center which will feature artists performing American tunes and a 1950s “Copacabana”-style night club starring jazz drummer Tony Capko and his group.

Other offerings include a children’s train ride, a mechanical bull ride benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project and a beer garden sponsored by Schooners, Harley- Davidson and Budweiser.

The Lancaster Museum of Art and History will showcase a “Women in Service and War” exhibit and a “Future in Space” exhibit.

Opening ceremonies will take place at 6:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of the U.S. flag by Sheriff’s Explorers and a performance of the National Anthem and “God Bless America” by the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus.

A “Hometown Heroes” presentation honoring Antelope Valley veterans will take place at the Lancaster Performing Arts Center.

AVSC in AV Press Today with Lancaster’s Celebrate America

America honoree of street festival

By: Craig Currier

LANCASTER – It has become a signature event for the city’s remade downtown area, and now in its fourth year, organizers say they will combine the best of past years with new elements in hopes of making “Celebrate America” even more popular.

Centered around the downtown stretch of Lancaster Boulevard, the event is scheduled for 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 to celebrate American tradition with special recognition of veterans and military personnel.

“It’s about honoring our troops,” City Manager Mark Bozigian said. “Our freedom is about those who have gone before us. It’s about celebrating what America means to you, and it means different things to different people.”

The event is returning to mid-September after occurring in October last year, when it was moved to accommodate an earlier than usual “Streets of Lancaster” annual go-kart competition. The go-kart competition will be Sept. 27 through 29 this year.

City officials said remembrance of the 9/11 terrorist attacks is always a component of “Celebrate America,” which is the reason they chose September for the event.

Music and entertainment are key to any such party, and city Parks Operations Manager Brian Whalen said there will be plenty at the event.

“It’s an opportunity for us as a city to give our community a chance to come and show their pride in our nation,” Whalen said.

The evening begins with an opening ceremony at 5:30 p.m., followed by a performance of the National Anthem and “God Bless America” by the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus.

The celebration concludes with a fireworks display.

In between, a variety of performances and exhibits will entertain along Lancaster Boulevard.

Elvis and Frank Sinatra tributes will be featured on the outdoor BeX Stage at the corner of Ehrlich (Elm) Avenue.

After the opening, the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus moves down to the east end of Lancaster Boulevard to perform at the Western Hotel Museum.

Outside the Lancaster Performing Arts Center will be a 1950s “Copa Cabana”-style nightclub featuring drummer Tony Capko’s jazz group.

For children there will be a train to ride, an orbitron and a climbing wall.

Those willing to try the mechanical bull ride will help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits injured service members.

For adults, a beer garden will also be set up along Lancaster Boulevard, along with a classic car and motorcycle show.

At the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, a “Women in Service and War” exhibit will be on display.

Real-life tributes to Neil Armstrong, the Korean War Memorial, the Statue of Liberty and the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima are also planned along the street.

“This is a fun event and, in a lot of ways, our favorite event of the year,” Bozigian said.



AVSC In The News – Singing With FOREIGNER

Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus sings with FOREIGNERArticle from AV Press August 19, 2013

Chorus knows what love is  By: Craig Currier

LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus barely had two months to prepare for what had to be the group’s biggest and most prominent performance ever.

Fortunately, they had just four lines to sing.

When Foreigner started into its famous chart-topping ballad “I Want to Know What Love Is” Saturday night at the 75th annual Antelope Valley Fair, 22 chorus members lined up just offstage awaiting their cue.

Just before the song’s familiar refrain, the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus walked on stage and joined Foreigner in front of about 11,000 cheering concertgoers.

“It was, oh my gosh,” group member Kira Wagner said. “It was the biggest audience we’d ever performed for.

“It was phenomenal to actually be on stage with them and see them up close.”

Throughout its summer tour, Foreigner has recruited local choirs from its various stops to help them sing “I Want to Know What Love Is.”

In most cases, though, the local groups are booked many months in advance.

For the Antelope Valley Fair concert, some confusion turned into an opportunistic moment for the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus.

Wagner said she received a mass email one Friday evening in June from a band promoter who was searching for a choir in the Lancaster area to perform with Foreigner.

“I’m going, ‘Yeah right, this has got to be some kind of joke,’” she said.

Wagner was told the group’s initial attempt to find a local choir never went public and the band was making a second effort to do so as the concert date neared.

Within a few hours Wagner responded with a resounding yes, solidifying the big moment for a long-standing yet relatively unknown Antelope Valley choir.

“We had people coming up to us afterward going, ‘I didn’t know there was a chorus in Palmdale,’” Wagner said. “That to me was really one of the biggest things, getting the name out there for any nonprofit is the hardest thing.”

The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus is an all-female group that was formed in 1960 as a chartered member of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide educational organization with more than 25,000 members.

The group was originally known as the Antelope Valley Chapter, then changed its name to Harmony Showcase in the 1990s before switching it to the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus in 2011.

Days before Wagner received the email about Foreigner’s concert, the group had secured Alan Paul of The Manhattan Transfer to be featured at a local masters singers workshop next spring.

“We decided that the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus has been here for over 50 years and the majority of the population here has no clue who we are,” Wagner said. “So we are going to do something different and I knew that there was going to be a decent price tag with it.”

When Foreigner confirmed it would perform with the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus, the band also offered a donation to the nonprofit group.

“It was cosmic,” Wagner said.

After accepting the invitation, choir members practiced singing the song’s chorus at the start of their regular meetings.

On Saturday night, 22 of the group’s 32 members arrived at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds for the performance.

They started gathering around 4:30 p.m. They helped distribute information about Foreigner’s involvement with the GRAMMY Foundation, which raises money to promote music and arts education.

When the concert started, the chorus group members moved inside to watch the show. When Foreigner launched into its hit “Juke Box Hero,” the members moved to an area behind the stage preparing for their moment.

“When you’re on stage you’re looking right in their eyes and it was incredible,” Wagner said.


P.S. Here’s one of the video’s from the evenings excitement:

AVSC Sings At Lancaster Elks Lodge #1625

July brings thoughts of patriotism, fireworks and warm (if not downright HOT) weather to the Antelope Valley and the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus has been thrilled to be part of it all with our performances this year. And July 2nd was no different.

The Lancaster Elks Lodge #1625 meets on Tuesday evening, which happens to be the same night as our rehearsals so, with several new members joining us, we met at the lodge @6:30 PM and were privileged to sing prior to their opening of the meeting that evening.

We look forward to this performance each year! Thank you to the members of the lodge for having us there.


The lodge meeting Tuesday evening, July 2nd, was privileged to have  the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus perform four patriotic songs (A Cappella) prior to starting.  Under the leadership of Kira Wagner, director,  the chorus was enthusiastically received by the membership, just as in previous years. ~ Jay Jenkins, Public Relations

Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus To Sing On Stage With Foreigner

Foreigner Publicity # 1

Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is thrilled to be singing with the rock group Foreigner.

Performing on August 17th at the AV Fair in Lancaster, Foreigner is known for their ten multi-platinum albums and sixteen Top 30 hits. Hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world with a  musical arsenal that continues to generate sold-out tours and album sales, now exceeding 75 million, Foreigner is responsible for some of rock and roll’s most enduring anthems including Juke Box HeroFeels Like The First Time, Urgent, Head Games, Say You Will, Cold as Ice, Hot Blooded, and the worldwide #1 hit, I Want To Know What Love Is.

This last selection, I Want To Know What Love Is, will feature the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus joining with the band as they close their performance for the evening. In alignment with Sweet Adelines Internationals Young Women In Harmony and Young Singers Foundation, that continues to promote music in the schools, the chorus is please to be a part of Foreigner’s efforts as Foreigner joins the GRAMMY Foundation® in an effort to help keep music education alive in high schools all over the country. Through this effort the band has donated thousands of dollars to individual schools and to the GRAMMY Foundation®.

With a brief departure from the traditional harmonies associated with barbershop music, the chorus is excited to be taking advantage of this opportunity to get the word out. Having been in the Antelope Valley for over 50 years, we still hear the phrase “Wow, I’ve never even heard of you guys!”. With television shows like Glee and The Voice in addition to the hit movie Pitch Perfect, A Cappella music has enjoyed a resurgence of interest that has sparked attention on a global level and the Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus is delighted to be a part of it all. Performing songs like Fat’s Waller’s Lulu’s Back in Town,  Irving Berlin’s Roses of Yesterday, The Eagle’s Heartache Tonight, Carol King’s Natural Woman, and The Ad Libs Boy From New York City also made famous by The Manhattan Transfer we find that our members enjoy the diversity of musical styles.

For those attending the concert on August 17th please find a member of the chorus and say hello! Additionally, let us get a picture with you and we’ll post it on our Facebook page! For the female singers reading our post – we invite you to visit us on July 9th at the rehearsal hall for a short performance…we even have a limited number of spots left to be a part of this once in a lifetime event singing with Foreigner.

Treasures and Tragedies

Over the last week the Antelope Valley has been in the news with the Powerhouse Fire that destroyed over 30,000 acres and has even closed down the Painted Turtle Camp in Lake Hughes due to extensive damage. This hit a little close to home with our chorus as one of our members has been evacuated and is still waiting to return home to see how they fared.

Things came full circle when we received a call yesterday from Fireman Roger Siemers serving at the command post here in the city. With a career that demands he be on the road so much of the time Roger collects local cookbooks to take back to his wife up around Yreka and was looking on the internet to see what he might find. The perfect answer was the AVSC Cookbook since…their daughter Althea had been granted a scholarship from Roger_Lola_CookbookSweet Adelines in the Oregon area a number of years ago and it just made sense!

We made arrangements to meet at the breakfast before Roger had to be back on duty to pick up the cookbook which was donated to Roger in grateful appreciation for his service to our community.

Pictured: Lola Negaard and Roger Siemers at the Palmdale Chamber breakfast 6/6/13.