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Broadway Next? November 10, 2013

Rönninge Show Chorus, GoldAnd the winner is…. Rönninge Show Chorus, from the Nordic Region! Rönninge Show Chorus won gold in the world championship of barbershop singing, in Honolulu Saturday November 9, 2013.  They received the highest score in history. Keep spreading the news…

Gosh – I am smiling as I see the video from the performance in the final.

1) To me barbershop has always been such an american style of singing – the clothing, make-up, everything around it. And actually, living in the US now, it still seems – a tad different.

2) I’m seeing a lot of faces from the old times 18 years ago – this choir (132 on stage) has members in the age of 16 to who knows 75?

3) It’s a solid musical performance – and what is the theme?????!!!!?!?!?!? Can’t believe it. As it has been my theme this fall.  In the final package shown in the video below from the webcast the choir performs 4 songs. The show-tunes start at 12min 25s.

New York next? Maybe re-joining this choir, would be the quickest way to Broadway. 😉 Not kidding. I wonder if I would make it in the audition for the spot in the middle of the front row again. Imagine the wall of sound coming over you being in the very middle of 150 singers… Pretty amazing.

My vote is: Broadway next.

Johanna

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Digging Gold in the USA November 8, 2013

At some point it’s time to stop counting the years… But it’s 18 years ago that I travelled with Rönninge Show Chorus for the first time to compete in the international barbershop contest. 120 of the 150 choir members came along. My mom joined as our medical doctor. The big arena in New Orleans was the stage.

We had trained hard, been coached by the best, and our own musical director was one of them: Britt-Heléne Bonnedahl. Later on she was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from Sweet Adeline International. Another one was a male coach who had trained world class golf players. [visualization!] We got judged in four categories: sound, music, expression and showmanship.

One song from the final package was “One moment in time”, originally sang by Whitney Houston. When I hear that song today my mind is still triggered and I have straightened my spine for performance before I realize it is that music playing. Another show tune was “Gräva guld i USA”. The World Cup tune for the Swedish men’s soccer team 1994 – Digging Gold in the USA.

The soccer team came third. The choir came second. This year… may they get the gold. Last but not least in the final tomorrow in Hawaii.

Johanna
(And yes, I shared this on Facebook – so it is a back-date post… )

 

Oh Ye Be Faithful November 10, 2012

November 10, Saturday morning in San Francisco. The weather temperature changed from 27 degrees Celsius earlier this week, to 12 degrees right now. I woke up early, put on the largest and warmest sweater I have, soft pants and socks, and started to clean up and fiddle around – clean the light holders in the window… while singing Christmas Carols. “Oh ye be faithful…” to be more precise.

Mm… hot tea, nice breakfast – let me play that song on youtube… And this is what I found. (more…)

 

 
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