In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
Sound Celebration consists of two members of Sweet Adelines International and two members of SPEBSQSA, the Society for Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America. Formed in March of 2000, Sound Celebration has been entertaining the Southern Tier of New York at barbershop performances and shows, fundraisers, community concerts, corporate events, banquets, and private parties. Their repertoire includes country, blues, folk, spiritual, doo-wop and novelty selections. The quartet is a member of Mixed Harmony Barbershop Quartet Association, and in March of 2003 stretched their skills by competing in the Harmony Sweepstakes a cappella contest in Arlington, VA.
Sound Celebration has competed, and placed in the top three, at the Buckeye Invitational International Harmony Festival, in Columbus, OH, for the past three years, winning first place in the 2003 Mixed Quartet Contest. The quartet endeavors to promote and encourage four-part harmony in an interactive educational offering for local high-schoolers as part of an "After School Enrichment Program". They also sponsors a student at "Harmony Camp", a four-day vocal music camp for young men and women held at Ohio State University each summer. Recently the quartet performed at an area "Relay For Life", keeping the momentum going for the participants in the "race for a cure". The quartet also likes to "celebrates the sound", just for fun, at their SAI regional convention and SPEBSQSA district conventions each Spring and Fall.
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Review: The two men and two women of Binghamton, NY-based Sound Celebration are members of the Mixed Harmony Barbershop Quartet Association and have been ringing chords for three and a half years. Besides barbershop, their repertoire includes country, blues, folk, spiritual, modern harmonies and doo-wop. A highlight of 2002 was a second-place finish in the Buckeye Invitational Mixed Quartet Contest in Columbus, Ohio, and in 2003 they won it all! In this, SC's first CD we hear 13 great barbershop tunes: the title tune, "Basin Street Blues, "Home on the Range," "Anytime," "I Can Dream, Can't I?," "Lullabye in Ragtime," "You Needed Me," "The Glory of Love," "I Wish You Love," "In The Still of the Night," the Gershwins' classic "Summertime," "What A Wonderful World" and "Gospel Medley." We like the whole idea of mixed barbershop groups and competitions, and SC is one of the great ones, singing with spirit and joy in the music; bending and ringing a barbershop chord with the best of them!
Songlist: Sound Celebration, Basin Street Blues, Home on the Range, Anytime, I Can Dream, Can't I, Lullabye in Ragtime, You Needed Me, The Glory of Love, I Wish You Love, In the Still of the Night, Summertime, What a Wonderful World, Gospel Medley