December 2015
New MexiChords 2015 Christmas Shows

Our first Christmas season performance was by invitation at the Coronato Historic Site north of Albuquerque. We sang in the porch area shown on their flyer (below) somewhat protected (along with many of the patrons) from the wind and cold.

Our Christmas show this year was It's Looking Like Christmas.

The singing was good, with a good mix of songs old and new, both sacred and secular. And we had a good bunch of quartets from our chorus singing as part of our show — more than could be included in any performance, so they were rotated about with different quartets singing at each performance. The quartets who sang on our show performances were:
Asynchronoous Sound       City Lites
The Deliverymen       Harmonikats
Knights before Christmas       Rio Bravo
Two other groups — both VLQs (Very Large Quartets) — were to be included but were scratched due to illness: The Gourmets? and the combination of ABQ with the ladies quartet Glitz.

The one thing we didn't have this year was a good position for our photographer, as you can see from this picture of (almost) the full chorus.

But you can see that we had fun doing the show.

We did something really different this year with our guest invitation. We're not sure if it's a first for the Society, but it might be. Our special guest was the Mariachi Herencia from Albuquerque's Atrisco Heritage Academy. They were a real crowd-pleaser. Many show patrons started singing along with some of their songs. (Yes, Spanish songs are very popular here.) We sang "Feliz Navidad" with them as the finale of our show. The Mariachi Herencia and we got standing ovations.

After our show, we finished out the season with performances 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. The audiences were good, and we had lots of fun.

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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