Re-live the excitement of last week’s Gospel Concert with Lynda Smith’s great photos. Click here to view the photos on SmugMug.
The Harmony Hawks present Phantom of the Barbershop, our 67th annual spring show, featuring the Harmony Hawks chorus, 2015 Central States District Champion Quartet Switchback, and special guests A Few Good Men from Prairie Point Middle School. One show only, Saturday April 15, 7:30 p.m. at the Concert Hall at College Community, 401 76th Ave SW, Cedar Rapids. Tickets range from $5 for students high school age and younger to $25 for premium seating. All seats reserved. Tickets available at ShowTix4U.com or by phone at 866-967-8167. Click here to buy tickets.
Four area choruses will combine forces to present this special event. The Harmony Hawks, Old Capitol Chorus, Metro Mix and Cedar Sounds will perform separately for a set and then and as a combined chorus. A free-will offering will be taken to benefit Johnson County HACAP and Linn County HACAP. Doug Wagner from WMT radio will emcee is this first of what we hope to be an annual event.
The Harmony Hawks Chorus presents our annual Best of Cedar Rapids, Gospel Concert 7 p.m. Friday, November 11, at the New Covenant Bible Church, 3090 N Center Point Rd, Cedar Rapids. This annual fall tradition brings together many outstanding vocal and instrumental groups and soloists from the Cedar Rapids area preforming a variety of Gospel and religious music.The Harmony Hawks Chorus will anchor the show preforming our Gospel and patriotic songs.
Admission is free with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. A free-will offering benefiting the Salvation Army of Eastern Iowa will be taken. For more information please contact Wendell Aldrich at 362-1587.
We hope you will join us this year to experience a fun and inspirational evening.
Thursday, June 23 will be a special night dedicated to inviting men of all ages to experience the excitement and fun of four-part men’s harmony. Whether you get a specific invitation from one of our current members, or just decide on your own that you’d like to see what Barbershop Harmony is all about, you’ll feel welcome! We’ll show you what happens in a rehearsal, learn a tag to sing in a small group, and see a demonstration of how we learn our music. If transportation is an issue, we’ll pick you up! RSVP to Jack Ray [Jandbray04@netins.net] or just stop by. There will be cookies!
The Harmony Hawks Barbershop Chorus is proud to announce our 66th annual show, “Classic Harmony,” which will pay tribute to some of the most iconic songs or “classics” in the world of popular music. The show will be filled with great a cappella music from the Harmony Hawks and their ensembles, SwitchBack, and A Few Good Men from Prairie Point. The featured group on the show is Masterpiece, the 2013 International Quartet Champion from Los Angeles. Emceed by Andy Peterson, the show will be presented Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the amazing Concert Hall at Prairie High School.
Tickets go on sale to the public, Wed., March 9. Order tickets by phone: 866-967-8167, or online at the link below.
Photos of the 2015 Christmas Concert are available for viewing and purchase at our SmugMug website. Click on this link to view the entire collection. Photos are by Lynda Black-Smith.
The chorus and our quartets and small groups will be very active in the community this holiday season. This is a great opportunity for guest signers to join us. Look for us at the following locations:
- Tuesday Dec. 8 – Elmcrest Country Club. Profoundly Odd Sounding Men performing.
VLQ: (smaller groups of the chorus)
- Saturday Dec. 12, 2:30 – Heritage Care Nursing Home
- Saturday Dec. 12, 4:00 – Carol singing at St. Ludmilla’s Church
- Sunday Dec. 13, 2:00 PM – Christmas Carols at Garnet Place
- Thursday Dec. 17, 1:30 – Naturalization Ceremony at the Federal Court House
Chorus: (in festive holiday shirts, ties, hats)
- Thursday, Dec. 10 6:00
- Group A – Mercy Hospital
- Group B – St. Luke’s Hospital
- Thursday Dec. 17, 6:00 – Lindale Mall, Center Court
Don’t forget to include Iowa Public Radio Classical in your Thanksgiving celebration this year, as they present an encore of Orchestra Iowa’s 2015 Brucemorchestra concert featuring a men’s chorus that included many of the Harmony Hawks. The Performance Iowa broadcast will air on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 at 2 PM on the following Iowa Public Radio Classical broadcast frequencies:
- Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, 91.7
- Ottumwa, 91.1
- Cedar Falls, Waterloo, 89.5
- Ames, Des Moines, 90.1 HD 2
- Patterson, Des Moines, 105.9 Dubuque, 97.7
- Pleasantville, 96.3 Mitchellville, 88.9
- Mason City, 90.7
- KUNI, 90.9 HD 2
- Des Moines, 97.7
Or online through the streaming media player found at www.iowapublicradio.org
Recorded live on Saturday, September 12, 2015 on the grounds of Brucemore mansion in Cedar Rapids, this year’s Brucemorchestra theme was Brucemorchestra! 1812 and More. This annual family tradition featured one of the most famous works of all time – Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. The program also included Dvorak’s iconic Symphony No. 9, From the New World, as well as Semtana’s The Moldau from Ma Vlast, and the Men of Harlech March, arranged by music director Timothy Hankewich.
In addition to Orchestra Iowa, an over 100-member men’s chorus was included. The ensemble was made up of male singers from the Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, Mt. Mercy University, Coe College, Kirkwood Community College, and The Harmony Hawks. The Orchestra Iowa Discovery Chorus and The Westminster Presbyterian Church Hand Bell Choir also joined the symphony and chorus on Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.
TCHAIKOVSKY – 1812 Overture (with children’s and men’s chorus)
DVORAK – Symphony No. 9, From the New World
SMETANA – The Moldau from Ma Vlast
Arr. TIMONTHY HANKEWICH – Men of Harlech March (featuring the men’s chorus)
(Concert recorded September 12, 2015)
For more information contact Jacqueline Halbloom at:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-772-2440 Ext. 36485
Busy summer on tap for the Harmony Hawks
The chorus is reaching out to singers in the area including high school and college students home for the summer to prepare and sing with us at two upcoming events.
The first is Wednesday, July 22 and Sunday, July 26 (same program, two nights), where we will join the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band for an outdoor program. The Sunday evening performance will be at the McGrath Amphitheatre along the Cedar River downtown. We have a few specific songs we will be working on during the first half of our rehearsals.
The second event is Saturday, September 12 where we will join Orchestra Iowa at Brucemore. The two songs we will perform are Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and a new arrangement of March of the Men of Harlech. We’ll learn this music, but will be able to use sheet music to sing from for that show. In addition to our regular rehearsals, we will rehearse twice with the orchestra before the concert.
This is a special opportunity for male singers in high school or college choirs to keep singing for the summer, and to perform for of family and friends. Please join us as we will work on this music EVERY Thursday night this beginning now, 7-8 p.m. (the first half of our rehearsal), at the Scottish Rite Temple, 616 A Ave. NE.