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A Cappella Singing with Flair!!!

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Last Note Singers Coors Field Denver CO 9/9/2007

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Above we're about to sing the National Anthem for the Colorado Rockies-San Diego Padres game. Rockies win!!

Starting 9/16 the Rockies won 21 of 22 games including the Wild Card Spot.tie-breaker with a chin-first slide by Matt Holiday. They then swept the Phillies and the Diamondbacks and captured the National League pennant. I won't talk about the World Series against Boston other than to mention that we were available to sing. Next time:)

Our primary website is at www.LastNoteSingers.org

We now rehearse in our new home, the Kirk of Bonnie Brae United Church of Christ on the Southwest corner of Arizona and Steele in SE Denver. Come join us, and see if this choir is for you! We have seasonal dues of $40 to cover our costs.

If you have an event or a venue you'd like to have the Last Note Singers perform for June or July - or December, contact us! E-mail singinpeggy@gmail.com 


General Information
The Last Note Singers is a grass-roots community choir that's been in existence for over 25 years in Denver, Colorado. We're now cozy and warm in our new home at the Kirk of Bonnie Brae UCC at Arizona and Steele in SE Denver.

The choir started through a network of people who enjoyed singing and gathered in living rooms to do just that. Before long, they felt the need to perform their music in public, and started seeking venues for this outlet. Purely grassroots!

We have two performance seasons: Christmas (Holiday Season) and Spring. Except for 2 month-long breaks in January and August, the choir is either in Tuesday night rehearsals or performance season. Typically we perform 10 to 12 concerts per season.

We do not hold auditions. We realize that people are usually quite aware of whether they can sing or not! Our singers range from perfectly adequate to outstanding.

Our rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00 with a 15 minute break at around 8:00 for refreshments and socializing.

This choir is rare in that we allow for missed rehearsals. We understand that people have busy lives and may miss rehearsals for various reasons. We only ask that members learn their music, and attend enough rehearsals to understand logistics, direction and dynamics of the choir. The musical director may ask for a private audition if a member has missed more than 1/3 of rehearsals that season.

The choir has performed a wide variety of music from madrigals and classical pieces to show tunes, gospel and jazz arrangements. We enjoy a wide variety in each performance. Our pieces range from three-part to eight-part harmony. We frequently have songs with significant solos, or obligato duets to quartets.

We typically sing 10-12 songs in a performance, and will feature "small groups" who form and practice on their own, then audition for the director to perform throughout the season. Our practice has been to add four new songs each season, keeping 6-8 songs of the previous year (or pulling from the previous two years). This keeps our learning curve manageable. Of course new members always have the hardest road their first season, and we're good about supporting them through (that's when those practice CDs and recording rehearsals really help).

Here are some samples of the Spring tunes we've done: Georgia, Yesterday (the Beatles), The Longest Time (Billy Joel), Hernando's Hideaway (Pajama Game), Mas Que Nada (in Portuguese), On The Sunny Side of the Street, Come What May (Moulin Rouge), If I Have My Ticket (gospel), Shenendoah, The Lion Sleeps Tonight, Good Old Acappella (doo wop), The Gift To Be Simple and of course, many more.

Some Christmas/Holiday tunes have included: Alleluia, Good King Kong (PDQ Bach), When Was My Jesus Born (bluegrass), The 12 Days After Christmas, Hark! Harold The Angel Sings, My Dancing Day (madrigal), White Christmas, Silent Night and many other traditional carols, as well as Light One Candle and Freedom's Flame (Hanukkah). We sometimes include winter holidays beyond Christmas, although Christmas remains prevalent.

Some of our music has been accompanied by percussion instruments, and snapping. We manage to sway together on occasion, and have done minor choreography from time to time. But for the most part, we are simply singers.

Some venues we've performed at include: The Denver Zoo & Botanic Gardens, Georgetown's Winter Festival, Salida's Steam Plant Theater, Mueller State Park, Cherry Creek Mall, Southglenn Mall, DIA, Rockies Baseball (national anthems), People's Fair, various assisted living centers and hospitals, Littleton's Town Lighting, DCPA's courtyard, and various local events.

The social aspect of the choir is integral to what makes the Last Note Singers unique. Everyone's invited out for a drink or snack after rehearsals, to our current favorite hangout. This is not everyone's habit--some folks are regulars, and some just from time-to-time. Some folks never come out for a variety of reasons, but no one is more or less a Last Note Singer because of it!

Each year we have a talent show-- the last Saturday in April, where all current and past members and their significant others can display whatever talent they'd like to share in this friendly, fun environment, or just sit back and enjoy. It's an adult event we get decked out for---some in tuxedos and sequined dresses! We like to socialize after concerts as well. We'll usually pick a spot close to our performance to grab a drink and a bite, and sometimes break into song. We've had mixed reactions to this activity, but the reaction is usually delight. We have a wonderful mix of people, and it seems there's always interesting conversation to be found.

If you think you'd like to join us, please contact me via e-mail at sandy@cstew.com
 
 
 
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