As far as Dave Iovinella is concerned, the sound of human voices blending together to make music will never get old.
“People love a cappella, and they love it because of the harmonies,” said Iovinella, who will be among the 25 or so men singing with the Electric City Chorus tonight at 7 at the Schenectady High School Auditorium. “Creating music without instruments. That’s what barbershop quartets do. We’re just a form of a cappella.”
Formed in 1944, the Electric City Chorus typically performs two or three times a month. Tonight’s event, however, is their big annual concert, and includes a few guest performers, including a barbershop quartet from Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
“We’re usually performing a couple of times a month, but this is our big event,” said Iovinella. “We also have a Veterans Day event coming up in Round Lake, but throughout the year we’re going to senior centers, the veterans hospital in Albany and places like that.”
While most of the performers with the Electric City Chorus are into the 60s and older, one of the members, Danny Hoke, is a College of Saint Rose student. Hoke will direct the men’s chorus tonight, and will also perform with his own quartet, the Four Notes, made up entirely St. Rose students.
“They’re all music majors at Saint Rose,” Iovinella said of the Four Notes. “We’re always trying to attract a younger crowd, and we like to say how we’re always looking for a few good men.”
Earlier this year, the Electric City Chorus performed with pop singer Kristina LaChaga at Schalmont High School.
“That’s the kind of thing we’re doing to attract young people,” said Iovinella. “Barbershop quartets are performing all over the world, and I think we’re making a comeback. Barbershop quartet singing is a cappella, and we’re hoping to spread that word and get younger voices.”
Another featured group in tonight’s entertainment is Into Wishin, an all-female group, while the concert will also include three quartet groups made up of Electric City Chorus members. The theme of tonight’s show is named “only barbershop.”
“It’s called ‘only barbershop’ because in the past we have had some concerts where there were instrumentals,” said Iovinella. “But this show is just barbershop, with just voices.We’ll be creating all this wonderful music without instruments, other than our voices.”
‘Electric City Chorus’
WHERE: Schenectady High School Auditorium, 1445 The Plaza, Schenectady
WHEN: 7 p.m. tonight
HOW MUCH: $10, children under 12, free
MORE INFO: www.electriccitychorus.org
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