A longstanding a capella group is joining forces with a young pop singer in hopes of inspiring the next generation to pursue a capella style music.
The Electric City Chorus has been singing Barbershop style since 1944. They operate as the Schenectady chapter of The International Barbershop Harmony Society.
While the group still plays across the Capital Region and continues to sing in their annual show in November along with various other community events, they’re looking to grow.
“We’d like to grow our membership, to expose our craft to more and more people including the younger generations, and continue to spread positivity to the community,” said Dave Iovinella, an ECC board member and concert chairman.
According to Iovinella, the group has around 40 members and around 28 of them are usually able to attend weekly rehearsals.
The group decided to ask Kristina Lachaga, a singer/songwriter who is known as “The Girl With The Big Pink Heart,” to hold a joint concert.
Lachaga has played in the Capital Region at events like the Albany Back to School Expo and at the Ronald McDonald House of Albany’s Radiothon. She’s also shared the stage with national stars like the X Factor’s Bea Miller and Big Time Rush’s Kendall Schmidt.
"They reached out to me to be a special guest and we've been working on 'Electrify The Night' ever since," Lachaga said in an email to The Gazette. "This year, the concert is featuring youth (high school, college, and me) in an effort to bring a cappella to a younger generation."
Beyond singing and performing, Lachaga has delivered anti-bullying messages to students across the country at schools and community events.
She’ll be working with ECC to spread a different message on April 8 for a joint concert they’re calling Electrify The Night: A Concert to Spark Harmony in Your Heart.
By pairing with Lachaga, Iovinella believes that parents and younger singers are more likely to connect with the style of music that the ECC brings.
“I believe that overall the barbershop style is less popular than say 30 years ago in this area when General Electric was flourishing in this area. Our average age in the chorus is about 75 years old and unless we can recruit new and younger fellows we will be hurting in a few years. However, a Cappella singing is not just specific to barbershop. Many local high schools and colleges have started A Cappella groups which are growing,” Iovinella said.
The concert will feature three local a cappella groups, including The Four Notes, Our Secret Love Society and Too Much Intonation.
All proceeds will go to Habitat for Humanity of Schenectady County and the Electric City Chorus’ Music Scholarship Fund. The scholarship often goes to help students attend the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Harmony Explosion Camp, which is an a cappella youth camp.
Electrify the Night
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017
WHERE: Schalmont High School Auditorium, 1 Sabre Dr, Schenectady
TICKETS: VIP $20, General Admission $15, Under age 18 $10, Seniors $10. To purchase tickets call (518) 233-1366 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MORE INFO: For more information and to RSVP, go to facebook.com/ElectrifyTheNight