The lucky Rim residents attending the Feb. 5 concert to benefit the Humane Society of Central Arizona will be hearing the best of the best Sweet Adelines.
The Sweet Adelines Scottsdale Chorus is just back from the 2011 Sweet Adelines International Chorus Competition in Seattle, where it was given the highest score ever recorded. The 100-plus women in the group were competing against 500 other choruses from 32 regions around the world.
Audience members attending the October contest, said of the Scottsdale Chorus:
• Your performance was outstanding and brought the house down.
• You have set the standards to a new level.
• You all were having so much fun and produced a sound that was amazing.
• You grabbed me from the moment you started and never let me go.
• Wow … smooth and artsy.
• The chorus performance was like a festival and sight and sound with joy that was highly contagious.
The concert is at 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5 at the Payson High School auditorium. Admission is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children 12 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, PostNet, the Payson Senior Center and the Humane Society Thrift Shop. If any are available the day of the concert, they may be purchased at the box office an hour prior to the performance.
The familiar melodies blended in four-part, barbershop style close harmony, innovative choreography and glittering costumes make for a toe-tapping, dazzling show. As the concert is a prelude to Valentine’s Day, expect to hear many favorite love songs, plus guests will receive a special gift.
Members of the group range in age from 15 to 80. In fact, one of the youngest members, Nicole Knox, 15, will be a soloist for the Payson concert. She is a sophomore at Chandler High School, where she participates in both the school’s Chorale and its barbershop double quartet, the Treblemakers. Knox is also a dancer, an honor student and is appearing as “Frenchie” in the high school’s production of Grease.
The Scottsdale Chorus has been thrilling audiences with its tremendous talent for more than 40 years. The director is Lori Lyford, a music educator and the choral director at Chandler High School. She is a Master Director with the Sweet Adeline organization, shares her expertise as an International Music Faculty member and coached choruses throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide, 30,000-member women’s educational music organization founded in 1945, the Scottsdale Chorus consistently ranks among the top three of more than 600 choruses all over the world.
To perfect their craft, choruses in the organization are judged in regional and international competitions. The Scottsdale Chorus has earned the International Championship title four times.