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Down Town Glee Club: A Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Posted 1/11/2018

Down Town Glee ClubMassed male voices have long been a feature of the choral world, and the venerable Down Town Glee Club, one of five such remaining clubs left in New York City, has been preserving this esteemed tradition for 90 years. This edition of the group’s twice-yearly performances celebrated the power of love in its many forms. Entitled "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," audience members were treated to an hour of songs ranging from Great American Songbook standards to modern rock-n-roll.

Twenty singers were first heard before being seen, entering with a rousing “The Singers Salutation,” followed by a procession to the stage and a launch into the standard, “I Get a Kick Out of You.” The tradition of the glee club began in seventeenth century England, with the singing of short songs called “glees” by trios or quartets. While the “glee” has passed into history, the Down Town Glee Club still maintains the convention of showcasing members in small groups. More...


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  • Robert De Cormier, longtime director of The New York Choral Society and arranger for Harry Belafonte and Peter, Paul and Mary, has died. He was 95. Read about his life at The New York Times. (2017-11-13)
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  • Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church (CAPC), one of New Jersey’s most beautiful and historic churches, is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah Simpkin King as its new Interim Director of Music. In addition, Dr. King will serve as the Artistic Director of the church-sponsored Crescent Concerts Series, a multi-disciplinary presentation of vocal, instrumental, choral and orchestral music events for the residents of Plainfield and the surrounding communities. (2017-8-13)

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  • January 15, 2018: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Encore Chorale. New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Encore Rocks. Both groups, based in Manhattan, are offerings of Encore Creativity for Older Adults and are intended for singers 55 and older.
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  • October 25, 2017: Major updates for choirs affiliated with New Jersey's Continuo Arts. The Continuo Arts Civic Chorale has become the Civic Chorale of New Jersey. The Continuo Arts Children's Chorus is now the Children's Choir of New Jersey. The Continous and The Continuo Arts Singers have combined to become the Youth Choir of New Jersey. And Seniors Sing! has joined the lineup. See the Choir Directory and Choir Auditions for updated information.
  • October 10, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for Reverb, a Manhattan-based a cappella ensemble.
  • October 2, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Christ Church Riverdale Choir.
  • September 28, 2017: New Choir Directory listing for the Vocal Workout Singing School, offering private and group lessons in Manhattan.
  • September 18, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for the Parish Choir of the Church of St James the Less, based in Scarsdale.
  • September 12, 2017: New Choir Directory listing and Choir Auditions ad for The Harbormen Chorus, a Suffolk County-based men's four-part harmony group.

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