CHOIRS HARMONIZE!

February 04, 2003 11:00 pm
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Pilot story

and photos by Bill Schlichting

Saturday night drew crowds of people at the many activities scheduled for the evening, and the joint performance of the Rogue Valley Harmonizers and Brookings-Harbor High School choirs.

The 40-member Harmonizers came from Medford to perform at the school, as it has with other high schools, to help raise funds for the choir program. This was one of the few high school vocal concerts where an admission was charged.

Three barbershop quartets, outtakes of the full choir, also entertained during the evening.

The high school concert choir opened the concert with "Hail Holy Mary." A performance by Sea Breeze brought several songs to the crowds ears, including a plug for the groups upcoming Valentunes fundraiser (see related story).

During the fundraiser promotion, Harmonizers director Don Meeker was asked to come on stage so they could sing to him "Unchained Melody." The group then performed to his wife in the audience, "You're Just Too Good To Be True." It ended singing "That's What Friends Are For" to the family of Kelsie Miller, a member of the group.

The Harmonizers took over the entertainment performing in four-part a cappella harmony with tightly choreographed movements as did the quartets, Songsters, Lightning and Rogue Power Company, a quartet that regularly performs during the summer's American Music Festival at Azalea Park.

The theme of the concert involved songs from around the U.S. followed by a musical tour of Europe.

During the performance of "Edelweiss," some audience members were seen mouthing the words to the song.

Later, during "Roll Out The Barrel," Meeker turned to the audience to get it involved in song and clapping.

The concert ended with the Harmonizers and students singing together a song they rehearsed that afternoon.