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Ambassadors of Harmony

Ambassadors of Harmony

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"The Ambassadors of Harmony will be recognized as the highest quality and most entertaining choral organization in the St. Louis metropolitan area and the Barbershop Harmony Society. Our mission is to educate our membership in order to continually improve in vocal quality, performance, and personal fulfillment" in a cappella singing. When we perform, our goal is to give a gift that will change the lives of the people in our audience.

The mission, stated above, has created an environment in which the chorus continues to strive for musical and performing excellence. The Ambassadors of Harmony chorus has an extensive a cappella repertoire, including contemporary, Broadway, gospel, folk, and light jazz music, and we maintain, as well, a continuing commitment to preserving and singing in the barbershop harmony style. Our music appeals to audiences of all ages.

In July of 2009, under the direction of Jim Henry, The Ambassadors of Harmony won the International Chorus Championship held in Anaheim California, achieving the highest score ever recorded. They had previously won the championship in 2004. In July of 2007, The Ambassadors of Harmony came very close to a gold medal in a first place tie with the Westminster Chorus at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Competition in Denver Colorado. Per the Society's tie-breaking rules, they were awarded the second-place Silver Medal. In 2008. the chorus again took the Silver Medal at the International competition in Nashville, Tennessee, missing a win by three tenths of a percentage point.

The Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus won First Place in the chorus competition for the 5-state Central States District of the Barbershop Harmony Society (SPEBSQSA, Inc) in 14 consecutive attempts, the most recent win occurring in October 2008.

The chorus has acquired four 4th Place, five 3rd Place Medals in International chorus competition, as well as the 2009/2004 Gold and 2007/2008 Silver Medals. The Ambassadors of Harmony provide the finest a cappella entertainment to St. Louis area patrons, and have performed to sellout audiences at their annual shows, and at many other performance events.

Discography

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Ambassadors of Harmony : Welcome Christmas! : 00  1 CD : 

Ambassadors of Harmony : Welcome Christmas!

Review: Under the direction of barbershop legend Dr. James (Jim) Henry the Ambassadors of Harmony are considered to be one of the top barbershop choruses in the country. The chorus is also blessed to have Dr. David Wright as associate director whose arrangements are quite likely the most highly regarded in barbershop today. With such a combination it is no wonder that this latest release is a winner and is bound to please the most discerning barbershop fan.

Songlist: Welcome Christmas, It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year, Sweet Little Jesus Boy, Gloria, El Yivneh Hagalil, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Silent Night, Happy Holiday/The Holiday Season, Trim Up The Tree, Alleluia, Amen, Mary, Did You Know?, Welcome Christmas Reprise

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2074c | 00 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella Barbershop Christmas


Ambassadors of Harmony : Sounds of the Seasons : DVD : 

Ambassadors of Harmony : Sounds of the Seasons

Review: The Ambassadors of Harmony is a chorus committed to both musical and performing excellence. In July of 2009, under the direction of Jim Henry, they won the International Chorus Championship held in Anaheim California, achieving the highest score ever recorded. This was their second championship win, reclaiming the title they had previously earned in 2004. Now, they are pleased to share with you a video presentation of Sounds of the Season 2009. The Sounds of the Season holiday concerts have become a tradition for many of the more than 8,000 patrons who attend at least one of its five performances in St. Louis, MO each year.

Songlist: Happy Holiday/ The Holiday Season, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, The Christmas Song, Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!, Sleigh Ride, The Twelve Days of Christmas, Cool Yule, What Child Is This?, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer , Beautiful Savior , If You Love Me, Really Love Me (Hymne a L'amour), Seventy Six Trombones, Jingle Bells, Children, Go Where I Send Thee, I Wonder As I Wander, Deck the Halls, Rudolph. The Red Nose Reindeer, El Yivneh Hagalil- "God Will Build Galilee", O Little Town of Bethlehem, I Saw Three Ships, Mary Did You Know, Do You Hear What I Hear, Gloria, Alleluia, Little Drummer Boy, Betelehemu, Silent Night

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5557d | DVD | $24.95 Christmas DVDs


Ambassadors of Harmony : Oh What A Day!

Review: Founded way back in 1963 in St. Charles, MO, The 160-strong Ambassadors of Harmony are one of the best, most entertaining men's Barbershop choruses in the world, and they have the Gold necklaces to prove it: SPEBSQSA (Barbershop Harmony Society) Gold in 2004 and 2009! We can tell by their costumes, expressions and wonderful music that (1) these gentlemen are having big fun up there on stage in international competition, and (2) they can sing their collective tails off! We think we can call "Oh What a Day" a best-of collection, mainly because it includes "Seventy-Six Trombones," the Merideth Willson tune which led off their Gold-winning set in July, 2009, but also because every one of these cuts is a stone winner. "America," the sassy Stephen Sondheim/Leonard Bernstein hit from "West Side Story," "Friend Like Me," Howard Ashman/Alan Menken's song from "Aladdin," a cover of the traditional Scottish Air "Loch Lomond" that could break your heart, the wonderfully dramatic theme song from "Man of La Mancha," Ira and George Gershwin's sweet "Love Walked In," the Spanky and Our Gang hit "Lazy Day," Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows," Merle Kilgore/June Carter's Johnny Cash hit "Ring of Fire," and the Edith Piaf hit "If You Love Me, Really Love Me (Hymne a L'Amour)"-these are some of our favorite songs of all time, and the A of H nail every one of them. That's entertainment!

Songlist: America, Friend Like Me, They Didn't Believe Me, Fit as a Fiddle, Loch Lomond, Man of La Mancha, Love Walked In, Lazy Days, God Only Knows, Ring of Fire, If You Love Me, Seventy Six Trombones

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6029c | 00 1 CD | $14.95 Mens Barbershop Choruses CDs


Ambassadors of Harmony : Holidays in Gold

Review: Pride of St. Charles, MO, 160-strong Ambassadors of Harmony, who won SPEBSQSA International Chorus Gold in July, 2004 in Louisville, KY, bring us a richly-textured, powerful Christmas collection, joined by '04 Collegiate Quartet winners Vocal Spectrum and AOH offshoot Gas House Gang. The really top-drawer barbershop groups have the great arrangements to go with the ringing harmonies, and "Holidays" earns high marks in this department. "It Came Upon A Midnight Clear," "Do You Hear What I Hear," "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," "Hanukkah Medley," "The Little Drummer Boy," "Mary Had A Baby," the Nigerian Christmas Song "Betelehemu" and Handel's magnificent "Hallelujah Chorus' - each song is a flawless gem. What could be better for the holidays?

Songlist: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Do You Hear What I Hear, Toyland, You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Hanukkah Medley, Carol Of The Bells, The Little Drummer Boy, Mary Had A Baby, O Holy Night, Betelehemu (Nigerian Christmas Song)

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5701c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella Barbershop Christmas


Ambassadors of Harmony : Applause : 00  1 CD : Jim Henry : 

Ambassadors of Harmony : Applause

Review: This is the AOH's third spirited recording, and the fun, excitement and feelings of love and nostalgia that come though it are part of the group's tradition. Included is the "Toy Set" that wowed the audience at the 2001 international competition in Nashville. The centerfold of the liner notes is a full-color shot of the 115-strong group on stage in complete "Toyland" costumes, from clowns and roman soldiers to pandas, cats, sailors, space cadets, Spiderman - you name it. It all says "fun," loud and clear, and that's how the group sings. 12 songs are here: "Applause," "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "Through the Years," "My Honey's Lovin' Arms," the Turtles' "Happy Together," "The Music of the Night," "Toy Song," "Toyland," "Short People," "One Alone," "Tonight" and "Friends." That must have been an unforgettable performance at SPEBSQSA Nashville, and this is an unforgettable CD on many levels - most of all the pure, sweet barbershop harmony that flows throughout.

Songlist: Applause, I'm Beginning to See the Light, Through The Years, My Honey's Lovin' Arms, Happy Together, The Music Of The Night, Toy Song, Short People, One Alone, Tonight, Friends

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5507c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 ON SALE $14.95 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Choruses CDs


Ambassadors of Harmony : Sing, Sing, Sing : 00  1 CD : Jim Henry : 

Ambassadors of Harmony : Sing, Sing, Sing

Review: The Ambassadors of Harmony is Barbershop in grand form. Boasting premier talent, great versatility, and proven diligence, they shine as brightly as their medals won from numerous International Chorus competitions. This particular effort titled "Sing Sing Sing", the Louis Prima title track, is seasoned with Traditionals of the Jazz, Americana, English and Folk kind. Upon hearing, it is very easy to detect how much fun these guys are having. Sometimes certain music is best seen live, and it is roaringly apparent that this group is an incredible sight to see. These men sing with so much expression, you might feel you are right there in the audience. "That Old Black Magic," made famous by the Suntones, "The Heather on the Hill" by Loerner and Lowe, "Hard Times Come Again No More", by Stephen Foster are songs included in this new release. Directed by David Wright and Gas House Gang's Jim Henry.

Songlist: That Old Black Magic, Sing, Sing, Sing, The Heather On The Hill, What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor?, Let's Get Away From It All, My Wonderful One, Royal Garden Blues, South Rampart Street Parade, Orange Colored Sky, Mississippi Mud, Hard Times Come Again No More, When I Lift Up My Head, Betelehemu

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5964c | 00 1 CD | $14.95 | A Cappella Mens Barbershop Choruses CDs

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