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Male Ensemble Northwest

Male Ensemble Northwest

Male Ensemble Northwest was formed in Longview, Washington, in 1982, the brainchild of Howard Meharg of Longview, who wanted to form a singing group as well as encourage young males in public schools to sing in choirs of all kinds. Thus it was that Male Ensemble Northwest was formed to demonstrate a high level of music making by choral conductors from the Pacific Northwest region and also to promote male choral singing.

In the years since its inception, MEN has appeared in concerts from local churches and auditoriums to regional and national audiences, always remembering to spread the message of male singing. They have performed at national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association in Washington, D. C., and San Antonio; and several Northwest regional conventions. They have appeared at the leadership conference of ACDA in Lawton, OK, and several state conventions, most recently in Oshkosh, WI.

While a high level of artistry is always an important goal, the members of MEN value the professional and personal associations they have with each other. It is important that the personal soul is fed as well as the artistic.

Discography

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Male Ensemble Northwest : Sweet Rivers : 00  1 CD : 

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Male Ensemble Northwest : Sweet Rivers

Review: 14-strong M.E.N. was formed in Longview, Washington in 1982, by choral musician and educator Howard Meharg. His mission was "to celebrate the art of male choral singing, to inspire men of all ages to musical artistry, and to encourage young men in leadership and example among their colleagues in music." The ensemble has been honored by invitations to sing as state, regional and national conventions of the ACDA. Unique among male choruses, each member of Male Ensemble Northwest is a conductor as well as an outstanding vocal musician. There are 13 richly harmonic tunes here, some of our favorites are some spiritual tunes, "Shout for Joy," "Alleluia," "When I Hear The Trumpet Sound," "City Called Heaven;" and Andrew Crouch's "Soon and Very Soon" (arranged by Randy Crenshaw); a pair of Lennon/McCartney songs, "I Will" and "Eleanor Rigby;" 5 Celtic Folk songs by Vijay Singh, "Timor et Tremor," "Fergus an' Molly," "Lament of a Fisher's Wife" and the delightful "Finnan Haddie;" "Sweet Rivers" and the lovely, traditional "Irish Blessing." There is occasional light piano and guitar accompaniment, but the voices, with their rich, bright harmonies, are the focus here. Powerful, beautiful material from this talented, veteran men's chorus!

Songlist: Timor et Tremor, Shout for Joy, Alleluia!, Sweet Rivers, When I Hear the Trumpet Sound, City Called Heaven, Fergus an' Molly, Lament of a Fisher's Wife, Finnan Haddie, Soon and Very Soon, I Will, Eleanor Rigby, Irish Blessing

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8992c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 Men's Choirs CDs


Male Ensemble Northwest : A Tribute to Norman Luboff : 00  1 CD : 

Male Ensemble Northwest : A Tribute to Norman Luboff

Review: If you were to assemble a Who's Who of choral conductors, teachers and singers of northwestern United States, you could just start with the Male Ensemble Northwest. This unique chorus apply their talents on this recording to singing some of the best known of the over 6,000 choral arrangements of Norman Luboff, one of the greatest arrangers of the twentieth century. In recreating the lush "Luboff sound" the ensemble also uses instrumental accompaniment similar to that found in the original performances of these arrangements. Old familiars such as "Dream A Little Dream," "Yellow Bird," "Rio Grande," and "Lowlands" will rekindle the joy of reminiscence and share anew some of the work from a unique mover and shaker of the choral world.

Songlist: Dream A Little Dream , But Beautiful, Sense You Went Away, Yellow Bird, Valencianita, Carmen Carmella, Aupres De Ma Blonde, A-Roving, Rio Grande, Lowlands, The Old Chisholm Trail, Colorado Trail, Doney Gal, Whoopie Ti Yi Yo, Cool Water, Streets of Laredo, Tender Love, Red River Valley

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6557c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 Men's Choirs CDs


Male Ensemble Northwest : Promised Land : 00  1 CD : 

Male Ensemble Northwest : Promised Land

Review: "Promised Land" gives the 12 leading choral directors who form M.E.N. a chance to get their musical teeth into some of the great songs in American history. They are divided into groups: Hymns, such as "Promised Land" and "Rise Up, O Men of God," Spirituals, such as "The Gift To Be Simple" and "Joshua," Songs of the Civil War, "Waiting for the Dawn of Peace (Tenting Tonight)," Songs of the West, such as "Streets of Laredo" and "Colorado Trail," Songs of the Sea, such as "Blow the Candles Out" and "Mary Ann," and American Television Themes, "Television Medley" and "Lonesome Road." 20 songs in all. A powerful, moving collection of the best of our musical heritage!

Songlist: Promised Land, Be Thou My Vision, O Thou in Whose Presence, Rise Up, O Men of God, We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace, The Gift To Be Simple, Somebody's Calling My Name, Ezekiel Saw the Wheel, Joshua, I Can't Tarry, Waitin' for the Dawn of Peace, Streets of Laredo, Colorado Trail, Down in the Valley, Shenandoah, Blow the Candles Out, Mary Ann, A-Roving, Television Medley (Gilligan's Island / Car 54 Where Are You? / Petticoat Junction / Rawhide / The Brady Bunch / Mr. Ed /Mickey Mouse Club / Green Acres / The Beverly Hillbillies / The ROy Rogers Show), That Lonesome Road

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6556c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 Men's Choirs CDs


Male Ensemble Northwest : Reflections Of Christmas : 00  1 CD : 

Male Ensemble Northwest : Reflections Of Christmas

Review: Unique among musical groups, M.E.N. is comprised of 12 leading choral directors from throughout the Pacific Northwest, each man an active conductor, clinician and educator in choral music. The wealth of knowledge they bring to this fine recording of 19 Christmas standards is beautifully clear from the first few notes. The songs: "Medieval Gloria," "Angelus ad virginem," "Hodie," "Pat a Pan," "Coventry Carol," "Sing Softly, For There He Sleeps," "In a Manger Lowly Lay," "O Hearken Ye," "Caroling, Caroling," "Deck The Hall," "I Saw Three Ships," "What Child Is This," "Sing We Now Of Christmas," "Il Est Ne, Le Divin Enfant," "A La Nanita Nana," "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song," "White Christmas" and "Reflections of Him." A very special Christmas CD!

Songlist: Medieval Gloria, Angelus ad virginem, Hodie, Pat a Pan, Coventry Carol, Sing Softly, For There He Sleeps, In A Manger Lowly Lay, O Hearken Ye, Caroling, Caroling, Deck the Hall, I Saw Three Ships, What Child Is This?, Sing We Now Of Christmas, Il est ne, le Divin Enfant, A La Nanita Nana, Silent Night, The Christmas Song, White Christmas, Reflections of Him

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6558c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 Men's Choir Christmas

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