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80 Voices Strong Combine for an Outstanding Evening of A Cappella
A special fundraising event featuring a variety of a cappella groups: VocalMotion, BFOM, and Naked Voices; Pacific Sound, Ventura’s award-winning a cappella men’s choir; and Santa Barbara Jazz Collective. Plus a youth art exhibit by the ICAN.
Spring 2012’s theme for the Chorus is ‘Think Globally, Sing Locally’ and features works sung ‘a cappella’ – “singing without accompanying musical instruments and using the beauty of the human voice entirely for projection and musical entertainment.”
Executive Director, Paul Freeman noted his wonderful experience and joy he derived from being part of choral groups and musical theater productions growing up. As a child singer, Freeman sang in an all-schools choir, as well as toured and sang with the Golden State Boys Choir. He also was in San Marcos Madrigals, Santa Barbara Camarata Choir as well as UCSB Men’s Chorus & Mixed Choir. He stated, “For our students, working alongside these other groups and the experienced staff of the Concert Chorus serves them in so many ways in life. Even if a career in music is not what they want, artistic expression, like singing, provides so much for them by stretching the limits of their imaginations.”
The a cappella theme of this session is what led Freeman to put together the wonderful line up of choral groups for this event.
Founded in 2003, Brothas from Otha Mothas (BFOM) has quickly become one of the most popular a cappella groups at UCSB. With their attention-grabbing, upbeat attitudes on and off the stage, BFOM, as they're affectionately known on campus, entertains anywhere and everywhere that people request. BFOM performs what they call "Brothagrams"
Naked Voices is UCSB's first and oldest a cappella group and Santa Barbara's favorite co-ed singing sensation! Founded in 2000, the group has gone on to produce three albums, win several awards at numerous a cappella competitions, and entertain UCSB's students, staff, faculty, and local audiences with their music. On their song list: Its Amazing, originally performed by Jem, Incubus’
VocalMotion is UCSB's only all-female a cappella group! Started in 2003 the group is now in its ninth year and stronger than ever. Made up of women from all majors, ages, and interests, VocalMotion performs at various on and off campus events throughout the year. Originally formed as an 80's themed group, VocalMotion has evolved over the years and now features an exciting repertoire of music from the contemporary pop, rock, and R&B genres. Performers include: Alex Platt, Angelica Almazan, Ariel Szilagyi, Gayle Schumacher, Julia Marsh, Kirby Welsh, Lisa Gray, Marjorie Pio, Nika Burnett, Simona Morochnik and Wendy Abram. http://www.vocalmotionucsb.com/
Pacific Sound was formed in 2000 by a group of men from the Tri-County area, each with a history of Barbershop Harmony singing. A chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, Pacific Sound Chorus is the current Southern CA Western Division Chorus Champion, a title they have won every year they have competed. Although they love the close harmonies of the barbershop harmony style, they enjoy performing a wide variety of other a cappella vocal styles, such as Doo Wop, Vocal Jazz, Modern and even Classical music. In 2003 they toured Russia, and in 2008, were in Ireland. The group encourages individual talent, provides the best in musical education, strives for competitive excellence and actively promotes vocal music among the youth of our communities. Song selections for the a cappella evening include: Great Day, It Don’t Mean A Thing, There Goes My Heart, Blue Moon, Home on the Range and wrap it up with a medley of songs from the 50’s.
Members of Pacific Sound are: Kelly Shepard, (Musical Director), Jim Rodriguez, Barry Liker, Bernie Sentianen, Jay Pryor, Brent Anderson, Bill Crome, Karl Johannsen, Michael Murphy, Monty Clark, Verne Arnold, Jim Serdahely, Ken Day, Doug Van Bogelen, Bill Chase, Lu Hintz, Brent Burningham, and Bob Lally.
The Santa Barbara Jazz Collective is a group of young like-minded jazz musicians who hail from the Santa Barbara, Goleta, and Ventura areas. Formed in the fall of 2010, the group has performed at a variety of venues as well as private events and weddings. Members of the group have attended or will attend well-respected music schools such as Berklee College of Music, the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, USC, UCSB, and SBCC. Members of Santa Barbara Jazz Collective are: Mariel Bildsten – trombone, Harry Swalley – trumpet, John Leonard – piano, Jason Bray – bass and Joe Carrillo – drums.
All proceeds from ticket sales to this special fundraising event will go to toward the organization’
“An Evening of A Cappella & Jazz” presented by Santa Barbara
Children’s Chorus takes place Sunday, May 6 from 6-8 pm. at
the Marjorie Luke Theatre , 721 E. Cota Street ,
(on the campus of Santa Barbara Junior High School ).
Advance purchases online: Only $12 adults
(children under 5, free); $15 at the door.
Family Pack: Buy 3 Get 1 Free; $36 online; $45 at the door.
For more information, please call (805) 512-9840.