The Melodeers

Melodeers sweet adelines chorus

The Melodeers Chorus is a five-time Championship Chorus of Sweet Adelines International (1995, 1998, 2001 and 2004, 2009), a world-wide, non-profit organization dedicated to singing four-part acappela harmony in the barbershop style. The Melodeers are a well-known chorus in the Chicago area, having performed in such venues as the Ravinia Festival, the Auditorium Theatre, Wrigley Field, CBS "Eyewitness Chicago" and NBC "First Thing in the Morning. The Melodeers are known for their "Pushing the Envelope" style of performance and usually work in their amazing sense of humor, that keeps audiences laughing and crying from coast to coast. This isn't your grandmother's barbershop, anymore!!!

Discography

Circle of Fifths

Love Letters Straight From Your Heart
Wonderful Day Medley
I Told Them All About You/ You Dear Medley
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Elmer's Tune
Ring Out the Bells in Dixieland/ 'Cross the Mason Dixon Line Medley
Time After Time
I Wanna Be Around
Why Did I Choose You?
Sailin' Down the Chesapeake Bay
Here and Now
Music Theory Lesson on the Circle of 5thss
Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies
Waltz of the Flowers
Dance of the Reeds
Russian Dance
The Winner's Song
We are Family

Northbrook, IL's veteran Melodeers Chorus has been the picture of Sweet Adelines consistency, having captured International Chorus Gold in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and, in the fall of 1998 in Honolulu, 2008! Musical Director Jim Arns has contributed his superb arranging, teaching and direction skills to each of these wins, and the Chorus could not be more proud to call him their own. "Circle of Fifths" is a generous helping of Melodeers, 18 sumptuous cuts, including three live recordings, "Time After Time" and "Love Letters Straight From Your Heart," recorded live on the Internationals stage in Honolulu, and "Let Me Call You Sweetheart," recorded live at Las Vegas Arena. Other favorites are "Here and Now," "Sailin' Down the Chesapeake Bay," "Ring Out The Bells in Dixieland/Cross The Mason Dixon Line Medley," "Elmer's Tune," "Wonderful Day Medley," four very funny "Music Theory Geek Parodies Set to the music from the Nutcracker Suite," "The Winner's Song," and "We are Family." Every cut here is beautifully crafted, entertaining and sung with passion and spirit by one of Sweet Adelines' great choruses. "Circle of Fifths" is a stone winner!

Listen to "Here and Now" in Real Audio

5881 CD $14.95

4 Ever Melodeers

Some Lucky Day
How Many Hearts Have You Broken
You Raise Me Up
I Give My Heart To You
Lulu's Back In Town
When I Sing
Heartache Tonight
If We All Said A Prayer
Gospel Medley
The William Tell Overture
I'm Popeye The Sailor
Underdog
Batman Theme
Holding Out For A Hero
Mighty Mouse Theme Son
Star Spangled Banner

From Northbrook, Illinois hails one of Sweet Adeline's finest choruses and winners of many awards. This release offers a fine selection of songs including several with a Television theme such as "I'm Popeye The Sailor Man", "Batman" and "Underdog". The "William Tell Overture" is a lot of fun and this recording is a great listen! The Melodeers Forever!!

Listen to "The William Tell Overture" in Real Audio

5672 CD $14.98

Melodeer Magic

We'll Sing All We Know Tonight
My Honey's Lovin' Around
The Churchbells Are Ringing For Mary
Let Freedom Ring
Rocky Top
The Chicago Medley
It's Your Song
I Wanna Come Back as A Man
Fever
Big Hair
Hooked On A Feeling
The Seventies Medley
Floatin' Down To Cotton Town
Oh How I Miss You Tonight

Formed in 1960, the 125-strong Sweet Adelines chorus the Melodeers have been named International Champions three times. Director Jim Arns did more than half of the arrangements on the CD, and he gets a lot of credit for the group's energetic and vivacious style. There are 12 songs here: "We'll Sing All We Know Tonight," "My Honey's Lovin' Arms," "The Churchbells are Ringing For Mary," "Let Freedom Ring," "Rocky Top," "The Chicago Medley," "It's Your Song," the very funny "I Wanna Come Back As A Man," "Fever," "Hooked On A Feeling" and "The Seventies Medley" ("I Got You Babe," "Stayin' Alive" and "YMCA") plus a pair of live tracks recorded at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, "Floatinš Down to Cotton Town" and "Oh How I Miss You Tonight." These women sing like therešs no tomorrow, and that's what makes the Magic!
5506 CD $14.98


Mission Accomplished

Floatin' Down to Cotton Town
Forgive Me
For Sentimental Reasons
The Auctioneer Song
You're the Spirit of Sweet Adelines
I Remember You
Orange Colored Sky
Mamma Goes Where Papa Goes
You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
Hallelujah Chorus
You Made Me Love You
Blues Brothers Medley

The current Sweet Adelines Chorus Champions, the Melodeers, directed by Jim Arns, have crafted a proficient recording of Sweet Adelines classics, standards and even the "Hallelujah Chorus." "The Auctioneer's Song" is a lively and comic tongue-twister; the understated introduction of "I Remember You" soon gives way to a brisk swing feel, while "Orange Colored Sky" practically gallops to the finish line. "Mamma Goes Where Papa Goes" features dramatic pitch deceleration in its opening verse-an attention-getting device used effectively here. The racuous "Blues Bros. Medley" (recorded live, as were several of the tracks) red-lines it throughout-The Melodeers have energy to spare and constitutions that thrive on very little oxygen! "Mission Accomplished" indeed!
5211 CD $14.98


It's a Wrap

Jingle Bell Rock
Silent Night
The Christmas Song
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer/ Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer Medley
Coventry Carol
A Holly Jolly Christmas
Do You hear What I Hear?
Carol Of The Bells
Psalm 98/ Shalom
The Christmas Song
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Christmas Chopstix
Jingle Bells

Since their formation in 1960, the Melodeers, a 125-member Sweet Adelines Chorus, have won the International Championship twice in succession (1997, 1998). Their energetic and vivacious style must also be credited to their redoubtable director, Jim Arns, who also wrote some of the arrangements. "Do You Hear What I Hear?" offers every imaginable variation (echo, contrast motion, swipes, modulation) of the familiar refrain, and sets up the grand finale with a turnaround, pushing the phrasing to make room for a zestful seventh chord and another key change. "Psalm 98/Shalom" begins on a long open note, gradually converging to the dominant; the subsequent section is a rapid fire allegro, broken by a repetitive adagio two-part interlude. Sound unconventional? It is. "Silent Night," "The Christmas Song" and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" are among the many traditionals. The Chorus lets loose on "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer."

Listen to "The Christmas Song" in Real Audio

5549 CD $14.98

Enjoy The Ride (DVD)

Respect - Redding Arns
Think - Franklin Arns
New Attitude - Robinson
Elvis Medley
They Long To Be Close To You
Blues Brothers Medley
Hooked On A Feeling
70's Medley
Lulu's Back In Town
If I Give My Heart To You
How Many Hearts Have You Broken
Super Heroes Package
I Wanna Come Back As A Man

There's nothing quite like a live performance of a top-notch Sweet Adeline chorus and it can be both a visual and aural delight. This well-produced DVD captures one of the nation's finest choruses in full voice and top form as they sing, dance and clown around in a most entertaining way. This release includes all four of their championship show packages from Reno, Salt Lake City, Orlando and Phoenix! Here’s your opportunity to see the award-winning choreography of Sweet Adeline International’s only champion chorus that has won four straight gold medals!!

5760 DVD $19.95


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