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Harvard Glee Club to travel to Strings Music Pavilion Wednesday

The Harvard Glee Club is an all-male choral ensemble at Harvard University and is known as the oldest collegiate chorus in the U.S.
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What: Harvard Glee Club Choral Concert

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: Strings Music Pavilion, 900 Strings Road

Tickets: $30

— The oldest collegiate men’s chorus in America will make its way to Steamboat Springs this week.

The Harvard Glee Club will perform a choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Strings Music Pavilion. Sponsored by the Yampa Valley Choral Society, the Harvard Glee Club is on its spring break tour, with 45 featured voices traveling throughout the western part of the U.S.

“There is something special about music,” said Brian Harrington, Steamboat local who was part of the group all four years while attending Harvard University in the late 1980s.

“When you are making really good music, there is an emotional connection. Music is unifying. Every culture has it, and every nation appreciates music. It’s something that crosses all borders.”

According to the director of the Harvard Glee Club Quincy Cason, a lot of the group’s uniqueness comes from its history. Since its inception in 1858, it has evolved from a group of men looking to sing college songs and glees in the mid-19th century to a choir with a repertoire of distinction early in the 20th century.

“We hope that our audience will feel that they have not merely witnessed a performance, but that the Glee Club has shared something with them,” said Cason. “We hope that we will have shared our values of glee, good humor, unity and joy, and we hope that we will have shared with them the art of men’s choral music.”

Harrington said a few of the Harvard Glee Club’s specialities focus on American choral music in addition to folk songs from across the world, Eastern European songs, English sea chanties, American folk songs, spirituals and men’s renaissance polyphony, a type of musical texture used to refer to the music of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance.

Through the years they have evolved to acquire a repertoire of distinction and international acclaim through various concert tours nationally and internationally, recordings and collaborations with renowned ensembles and perform artists.

Harrington remembers touring Europe while part of the group, performing in major cathedrals and venues such as St. Stephen’s Cathedral and singing the national anthem for the 1987 hockey game between the Soviet National Team and the NHL-Allstars in Quebec City.

“This is top choral singing,” Harrington said. “I don’t know if we’ve had too many choral groups come to Steamboat like this. They will showcase very sophisticated singing of gentler pieces and their ability to sing so many different styles of music with some in different languages. It’s tough to do, but they pull it off.”

Tickets for the performance start at $30 and can be purchased at stringsmusicfestival.com.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email adwyer@SteamboatToday.com or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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