December 2014
New MexiChords 2014 Christmas Shows

Our busy Christmas season began in early December when we joined the University of New Mexico Valencia Campus chorus for their 2014 holiday show. This was (I think) our fifth annual show with them at UNM/Valencia. It's an enjoyable place to sing — and it supports their scholarship program.

Another week later and we really got busy, with five performances in four days (Saturday thru Tuesday) just before Christmas Eve. Our primary performances covered the weekend, at St. John's United Methodist Church where we are an Ensemble in Residence; we got a few pictures at the Sunday matinee.

The chorus looked good and sounded good.

And we enjoyed performing the show, as you can see.

In addition to songs by the chorus, there were songs sung by seven quartets spread through the show. These quartets were Rio Bravo

        City Lites
                The Deliverymen
. . . and then the camera ran out of juice. (Guess it hadn't been properly and recently recharged.) As a result, there are no pictures to show you of singing quartets
        Asynchronous Sound
                the Harmonikats
                        and Christmas Cheer.

Our guest on this show was Duke City Sound, the newer of the two men's barbershop choruses in Albuquerque. Excellent singers. A joy to hear.

Since we couldn't get any more pictures, this is a picture from the Duke City Sound web site.

And then we had the great joy of singing a couple of songs with our guests — one led by their director (Faris Collins), and the other led by ours (Jamie Arrington). We made a great sound together! Just wait for the next time we sing together so you can see for yourself.

And then, on the next two evenings, we sang for the River of Lights at the Albuquerque BioPark. People walked among the dazzling holiday light displays. And many stopped near the Garden Tent to listen to us sing.

Yes, it was as cold as it looks — but our audiences were enthusiastic and we had a lot of fun.

And here's how this looked from our perspective, in a cell phone picture taken by one of our singers in the back row.

Yes, we'll do it all again next year. It's too much fun not to.

Barbershop singing — a cappella singing in four part harmony — is highly enjoyable. It's enjoyable for the quartets and the members of the chorus, and it's enjoyable for those who hear us sing. And that's what it's all about.

If you enjoy barbershop style music, watch for our next show and come hear us sing.
Or come sing with us. It's really fun!

The New MexiChords is an a cappella barbershop chorus in Albuquerque, New Mexico, affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Category: Music

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