|Last year's show was a love story. It followed a young couple from their teenage years to their 50th wedding anniversary. A beautiful tale.|
This year was a love story, too but a different one. This young man fell in love, but lost the girl and fell in love again. Multiple times. That is why love, for him, is difficult. It drives him crazy.
But fear not. Our story does have a happy ending. The boy does get the girl; he finds his true love and finds that "Love Is Here to Stay."
The thirty-plus members of the New MexiChords gathered on stge to begin telling our story. Unusually, the first sone was not by the chorus but by one of our quartets ABQ (is that for Albuquerque or is it Another Barbershop Quartet?). They set the stage singing "The Story of Love." And the story begins.
We all really enjoyed performing on this show. I think you can see how much from these pictures.
Our part of the show also included a number of our quartets. Each sang a song that fit perfectly into the script's story line. Our audiences said these quartets sounded really good!
4 Lonely Knights
|There wasn't time in each performance for all the quartets that were ready to sing. So three quartets ABQ, 4 Lonely Knights, and Four What sang on both performances, while the other four quartets (below) sang on one performance each.|
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.
Breaking with tradition, we had two guest quartets this year. The first one was our current Rocky Mountain District Quartet Champion Blue Steele. They are a local quartet all four men live here in the Albuquerque area. How could we turn these guys down? 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.
Our special guest quartet for this show was the 2015 International Seniors Quartet Champion The Saturday Evening Post. They won that title with the highest score ever made in the Seniors competition. Yeah, these guys are GOOD! amazing to listen to. A description of the quartet members, with part of their histories, is available on the quartet's website. Here they are baritone Brian Beck, bass Tommy Wilkie, lead Allen Gasper, tenor Bobby Gray singing on our show. And here is a link to a video of one of the songs from their seniors contest performance, theTin Roof Blues.
They sang that song on our show, along with a very diverse set of others from Doo Wop to West Side Story to Beach Boys to Gospel along with tales of his Uncle Hoon from the "Ragin' Cajun" Allen Gaspar. The highlight of the evening was one of the two songs they sang from Les Miserables. You don't really know the musical range a barbershop quartet can cover until you've heard a group like this with lead Allen Gasper singing "Bring Him Home". An incredible experience!