Show Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow

We are gearing up for our annual show next month and happy to announce that tickets will go on sale TOMORROW!

Road Trip USA: A Celebration of American Music and Dance will feature the chorus singing and performing music from across the United States. You will hear old favorites and some unexpected barbershop arrangements of new songs by our talented director, David Wallace.

Joining us on our Road Trip this year will be Dynasty Quartet — an award-winning quartet from our region and Studio4 Quartet from the Steel City Harmonizers. You will also be entertained by the Steel Town Stompers — a Lindy Hop dance troupe from the Pittsburgh area.

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We hope to see you at the show!

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Kilarney and the First Performance

Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

 

We arrived in Kilarney at our hotel and checked in around 5:00. The bus left for the performance at 5:30, we arrived downtown at 5:45, and we were on stage to perform st six o’clock, promptly. As Michelle put it, we had enough time at the hotel to scrub the moss off of our teeth! Keep in mind that it was Sunday night, and we had been traveling for approximately 30 hours straight at this point.

 

Pulling into the parking lot, our bus went to drop us off at the front desk for the quick check-in, scrub down, and outfit change. A person in a car decided that they didn’t feel like waiting for the bus to make the incredibly tight turn into the parking lot, and they nudged the front of their car directly into the side of the bus. It was one of those incredibly unintelligent and completely avoidable accidents that always seem to happen when you’re in a rush. Considering that the entire bus watched as the driver pushed their car forwards into the side of the 2-mph moving bus, they didn’t receive much sympathy.

 

Downtown Kilarney, at the festival, was amazing. There were hundreds of people, with street performers, face painting and arts and crafts for the kids, and all kinds of little booths and sales at the stores. We warmed up on the bus, kind of… As director, I was kind of counting on the adrenaline and the lack of time to think about the performance to carry us through…

 

You know how sometimes, when you don’t get the chance to think and to worry about a performance, the performance winds up rocking? That’s what it was like last night. The crowd was wonderful and was into everything that we sang – most of them stayed for a large chunk of the performance. The ladies were excited and energetic about the whole thing, and it came through in the music. The quartets did a great job.

 

After the show, we only had a few minutes to wander around, so I bought a small ice cream cone in a store advertising fresh made ice cream. Considering the number of cows that we saw during the day, I figured that there was a good chance of that! It was really quite good. I watched a street ventriloquist do his act right outside, and I saw a couple of kids get their faces painted like Spider-man.

 

Dinner was back at the hotel, and it was marvelous. Local beef and potatoes, a melon salad with strawberry compote, and little pastry puffs with fresh whipped cream… plus, the scenery was not to be believed. Our tour guide saved a prime seat overlooking the golf course,  lake, mountains, and sunset for Donna, Amy, Katie, and me. Granted, it could have been the fact that this was the first real meal we had had in 36 hours after travel food, and it could have been the extreme exhaustion and performance adrenaline speaking, or it could have been the Guiness and a half that I had drank, but it was a truly amazing meal. (Side note: Guiness absolutely tastes different in Ireland than it does in the States. Wow. I am definitely not a beer drinker, but… wow.) (Side note #2: not a fan of the drink loosely called “coffee” out here. I might have to start drinking the tea.)

 

I am told that some people went out after that. Personally, I went back and went to bed. Tomorrow is a day spent touring followed by an evening performance downtown in Kilarney.

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Just Announced: Region 17 Contest Order of Apperance

The Chorus and Quartet order of appearance list was announced at Sweet Adelines today. Our chorus is contestant #6 (of 13 competing choruses).

We have 3 quartets competing with Region 17 this year (out of 16):

Order of appearance
#1 Dynasty
#10 Steel City Sirens
#16 Just 4 Chix

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It’s Contest Season

The chorus is getting ready for our Regional Competition this year — 8 weeks away! We’re putting the finishing touches on our choreography, music, costumes and getting ready for a great chorus retreat later this month. Our website has links posted in the sidebar for tickets and other details if you would like to see us live.

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Tonight’s Open House

chorus with blue shirts and hatsWe are excited to participate in Sweet Adeline International’s Global Open House event! If you are thinking of coming, or planning to be here you will be in for a treat. Our director has picked out a new song that we will all learn together. You will discover what part to sing and learn more about barbershop singing and about our chorus. In addition, you will be treated to a mini-performance just for you. Don’t miss it!

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Order a Singing Christmas Card

The Chorus is offering Singing Christmas Cards again this year. To participate, copy and print our order form.

Details:

A Christmas Card Sung Live in 4-Part Barbershop Harmony by Phone December 11, 2011; 2 to 4 P.M. (Domestic calls only.  Sorry no refunds)

Choose among three songs:

Christmas Chopsticks, Jingle Bell Rock or CHRISTmas

All orders must be received by December 6, 2011

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Pittsburgh Day of Giving October 4th!

Point Click Give Maximize 10.4.11 Day of Giving Pittsburghgives.orgThe Sounds of Pittsburgh Chorus is participating in the Pittsburgh Day of Giving on October 4th, 2011. On this day, starting at midnight, you can donate to our chorus and we will receive matching funds. This deal only applies on October 4th, so please make a note in your calendar and give on that day so we can receive the matching funds.

On October 4th:

  1. Visit http://www.pittsburghgives.org and look for the “Day of Giving” link.
  2. Look for our Chorus in the drop-down list to add your donation. You will find us in the Pittsburgh list.
  3. There is a minimum donation of $25. Master Card and Visa are accepted. There is a small processing fee deducted from your donation.

Watch the video below for more details or click the link for instructions you can print.

PittsburghGives 2011 Instructions

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