The Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus is thrilled to announce that the A Cappella Workshop taking place in May 2015 will be held at the Eastside High School Performing Arts Center.
With Clinician Deke Sharon, hailed by Entertainment Weekly as The father of contemporary A Cappella, heading up the weekend and songs like, Breakaway, The “Cups” Song from Pitch Perfect, Natural Woman and Sweet Dreams the event will be an awesome opportunity to embrace the art of A Cappella Singing.
As members of Sweet Adelines International, AVSC has long been associated with A Cappella music having Barbershop Harmony as it’s foundation. Two songs in the traditional art form, and trust me – it IS an ART, will be included during the performance. Lulu’s Back in Town written in 1935 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for Broadway Gondolie was made famous by the incomparable Fats Waller. A classic arrangement by Aileen Nightingale and Nancy Bergman will be performed by the chorus while the entire ensemble (chorus members and guests) will be singing the ever popular The ChordBusters March as arranged by Joe Liles. This song embodies the joy of raising our voices in wonderful four-part harmony and “busting or ringing a chord”. That ringing chord and the joy of singing is what brings thousands of men and women world wide to participate in rehearsals on a weekly basis.
Treated to weekly group vocal lessons members and guests are educated in the barbershop art form as well as all of the nuances of public performance. The event includes such elements as staging, choreography, soloists, costuming in addition to learning the music. As daunting as this sounds, we know that anyone who has a strong desire can be a part of the chorus as some of our members come to us with no singing experience. Our ensemble chorus even includes a few brave young men who will share the stage with 50+ females. Performers range from 6th grade to … well … over 70 but if you really want to know you’ll have to ask directly. I can tell you this, she’s a charter member of this chorus and in 2015 we will be celebrating our 55th Anniversary here in the Antelope Valley.
Once the weekend arrives Deke Sharon will begin working with the performers on Saturday and wrap up the day with a Meet & Greet in a more casual setting for all participants to enjoy a well deserved relaxing evening. We expect that there will be a fair amount of Tag Singing going on too.
On Sunday there will be more coaching followed by the performers putting it all together in a performance at the same location. The public is invited to the show and to stay for a Q & A with Deke once the performance has ended. Tickets for the show will go on sale after the first of the year.
To find out more about Antelope Valley Showcase Chorus or the A Cappella Workshop give us a call at 661-878-2872.