May 2015
New MexiChords 2015 Spring Show

It was a perfect storm. Everything came together perfectly for our spring show. The show theme, the songs, the script, the staging, and our uniforms all came together . . . did I say "perfectly"? And our chorus was singing better than ever, too.

It was very romantic. The title and theme were A Lifetime Together.

The songs and the script traced the life of a couple from their first meeting in their teen years to their 50th wedding anniversary. Meeting, breaking up and getting back together, marriage, raising a daughter, her college and wedding, and coming to the couple's fiftieth anniversary celebration itself. And just the right songs to go with the script and the story. One of our members narrated the story instead of singing with the chorus. All of that combined with our improved performance level to make this an especially enjoyable show to perform and an especially enjoyable show for our audience.

We got new uniforms for the occasion. They looked pretty good — and we looked pretty good wearing them. This time we're all dressed the same.


Here we are (part of the chorus, anyway) with narrator Dave Ring in front of us, sitting on his favorite park bench telling his story with his photo album.

We all really enjoyed giving this show. I think you can see how much from these pictures.

Our part of the show also included four of our quartets. Each sang a song that fit perfectly into the script's story line. Our audiences said these quartets sounded really good!

ABQ

Deliverymen

Harmonikats

Brigade Quartet

As you can see, everything came together for the show just perfectly. And that is what made it so enjoyable for everyone, performers and audience alike.

Our show also featured our special guest quartet, Blue Steele. They were a lucky find for us, and a great addition to our show. Blue Steele is a local quartet — all four men live here in the Albuquerque area. Their singing was great, and their jokes made everyone laugh.Blue Steele quartet members (left to right) are baritone Jamie Arrington, bass Greg Titus,
lead Shawn Mondragon, and tenor Stew Bush.

Besides singing for us and our audiences, Blue Steele is preparing for some very big performances. First, they will represent the Rocky Mountain District at the International Quartet Competition at the beginning of July — the first Albuquerque quartet to represent our district in twenty years. Then, just after they get back from the international competition, they will be the featured quartet in the Landmark Musicals performances of The Music Man, July 11-26.

Yes, these guys are going places! We wish them a lot of luck in their upcoming competition!

 

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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