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Member Spotlight: Fun music keeps men singing… and crowds wanting more!

September 23, 2010

By Steve Freeman
A unique musical treat. … That is how some would describe the Chorus of the Old Dominion. Without needing instrumentation, sound systems, or even a venue, the Chorus can break into a song that brings ear-pleasing harmonies and fun music anywhere they go.

Chorus of the Old Dominion repertoire is one reason they are a hit with audiences. They specialize in the doo-wop, barbershop, and pop standards that listeners can’t help but tap a foot to. “Under the Boardwalk,” “Silhouettes,” and even Beach Boys hits.

A performance by the Chorus features something for everyone, however. Other songs they offer the crowds include John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “O Shenandoah,” the Beatles’ “When I’m 64,” “Coney Island Baby,” Harry Conack Jr.’s “Recipe for Love,” and many others, including holiday hits and love songs.

The Chorus is an all-male group in its 8th year that brings 4-part a cappella harmony to community events, festivals and private functions like birthday and retirement parties. The chorus is perhaps best known for its singing telegrams, delivered each Valentine’s Day to unsuspecting “sweethearts.”

New happenings this year for these men of song include hosting a choral workshop for area high school students, with leadership from the nation’s Barbershop Harmony Society, and more frequent appearances at Leesburg First Friday events. The chorus frequently takes the stage for annual events such as Loudoun Earth Day, Martin Luther King Day, and sings for wounded veterans of the Izaak Walton League.

Harmonize with the Guys

What kind of a man does it take to sing in an all-male chorus? If you’re thinking about it, the Chorus is looking for you. “The group’s busy times of the year are nearing and now is the time to join in by starting with a “no pressure and no obligation” sing-along night,” said Timothy Wyant of western Loudoun, the chorus’s president.

Do you sing in the shower? Then you might qualify. Do you find yourself humming along to songs you hear? Do you love music and have you ever sung in a choir before?

Men of any age who enjoy music, like the feeling of pleasing a listening audience and can sing on pitch and memorize music are good candidates for the Chorus. The group meets weekly on Thursday evenings for rehearsal and provides listening tracks to continue learning the music throughout the week.

There’s more to the Chorus than the technical requirements, however. It’s members like Mike Jacks of Ashburn simply enjoys having a wholesome pastime that provides an diversion the work-a-day world.

Dale Bird of Herndon, president-elect for 2011, is in the Chorus because of the fun songs they sing and the extra special feeling of performing songs in close harmony and unadorned by musical instruments or sounds in a bar.

“I love watching the faces of the audience,” said Bird. “When they smile I know we’ve done our job and entertained them.”

Many of its singers were in choirs at young ages, loved it then, and find that returning to vocal music interests today is a fun way to participate in community life. Others have always sung in church choirs, but wanted to polish their vocal skills or wanted to venture into singing pop songs for a change.

When they come together, they take on the challenge to bring good, fun music to every audience for which they perform.

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For more information about the Chorus of the Old Dominion, or to get in on an upcoming rehearsal, visit http://www.odchorus.org or contact 703-975-5184 or info@odchorus.org. The Chorus can also be found on Facebook and MeetUp.com.

Upcoming public performances:

Saturday, Nov. 13 Sterling Public Library, 2 p.m., Sterling, Va. Free

Saturday, Dec. 11 Hillsboro Homes Tour, 1-6 p.m., Hillsboro, Va.

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Member Spotlight: ARTLINGZ

August 16, 2010

By Allen Pearson

Love art, have or work with children or grandchildren?!? Want to create an art lesson but avoid the headaches and expenses? Check out www.artlingz.com – an art resource for parents, babysitters, teachers, grandparents, anyone involved with children ages 4 – 12!!

Artlingz is art instruction for children. My inquiry to the owner, Lori Schue, gave me several pages of information about her program. Prompt replies were more prompter than prompt, I was impressed. I read the material and became fascinated with the program.

To begin this journey, go to www.artlingz.com and look around. The website is user-friendly and designed to catch your attention and keep it. You want to investigate. Being adventurous, the Explorer link immediately got my attention. I clicked on it and took a virtual field trip around the world to many well-known art museums by websites.

An email address is needed to access materials which you can select and purchase. As stated several times, Artlingz keeps your email private and does not share! Not sharing is a good thing, in this case.

I entered the Lesson Vault where I found an incredible selection of projects you can choose. Projects are based on Artists, Technique, Topic, Medium, and Adaptive Art (art for children with disabilities will be launched soon). Move your mouse over one of the topics and look to the left at the canvas, a brief description appears giving a general idea for the plan. On the right side of the screen are links to information where you can learn to effectively use this valuable resource. I checked out the Mixed Media and Native American Indian links and quickly learned about making a headdress.

And, there’s a gallery where your children’s work can be posted. How cool is that?

An important note, teachers anywhere in the universe can purchase and use the curriculum offered as it goes beyond National Standards for Visual Arts guidelines needed for instruction in schools.

www.artlingz.com, created by Lori Schue, Visual Communications degree, taught and written children’s art curriculum for over 20 years for schools and international programs such as Scholastic. Authored “Art Works for Kids,” series of books published by Evan Moor Publishing.

Allen Pearson is a Nature, Dog and Cat Photographer and a Loudoun Arts Council member and volunteer, for which we are most grateful. You can see his work at www.allenpearsonsphotos.com.

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Opera in Loudoun County! Really!

June 2, 2010

Did you know there is an opera company right here in Loudoun County?

Me neither.

Okay, that’s not true. What kind of arts council chick would I be if I didn’t know that?

But it IS true that I’ve never been to see an opera. It’s kind of intimidating. What language will they sing in? What’s the dress code? Will there be popcorn?

Bryan Jackson as Don Giovanni and Alexandra Boule-Buckle as Donna Anna

The Loudoun Lyric Opera has an upcoming production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni – The Infamous Tale of Don Juan. I figure, what better intro to opera than the “romantic trail of the world’s greatest lover“?  I’m down with that.

And it’s close…right at Franklin Park Arts Center in Purcellville!

So I asked my friend, Pamela Butler, President and Founder of the Loudoun Lyric Opera for some help. And luckily for me, her husband, David Butler was just putting on the finishing touches to a Loudoun Lyric Opera FAQ, which humorously portrays the opera experience from the long-suffering-husband-point-of-view and is filled with lots of good pointers.

Here’s just a sample:

Q:  I don’t think I like opera!  Why should I go to this one?
A:  I used to think that too.  My wife, though, loves to perform opera so I’ve had no choice but to go.  I’ve been to way more than my life’s quota, but what I’ve found out is that it can actually be fun!  Operas are kind of like wine.  When you first start to drink wine, don’t drink a heavy, dry red.  You may never drink wine again!  Most folks start with something like a white zinfandel.  Hated by wine snobs, but loved by most folks, especially those that don’t drink much wine.
 
Click HERE to read the rest. Frankly, I don’t feel bad for David one bit.  Looks like fun to me! So come on out and check out some opera and support this unique group of artists in our midst! It’s coming up this weekend, so hurry up and get your tickets!

PERFORMANCES

Friday, June 4, 8 pm
Saturday, June 5, 8 pm
Sunday, June 6, 3 pm

Franklin Park Performing Arts Center
36441 Blueridge View Lane, Purcellville, VA

TICKETS
$25 Adults, $20 Seniors/Students

For more information, fun pictures and ticket purchase, please go to http://www.loudounlyricopera.com/ or call 540.338.7973.

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libby stevens

April 7, 2010

This piece hangs here in my office building this month as part of the Loudoun Sketch Club’s First Friday exhibition. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such beauty. Libby Steven’s work is both vibrant and soft.

Leighfield Garden
pastel

Here’s another piece from Libby’s website. I love its lushness.

To learn more about Libby Stevens or to see more of her work, visit her website at libbystevens.com

To see the Loudoun Sketch Club exhibition for yourself, give me a call at 703.777.7838.  I’m here Monday-Friday during the day.

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Instrument Petting Zoo Tomorrow!

March 26, 2010

Bring your kids
to an
INSTRUMENT PETTING ZOO!

Musicians from the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra give kids the chance to hear, touch and try out musical instruments.

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Saturday, March 27

@ 2PM

@ Rust Library

380 Old Waterford Rd NW
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 777-0323

For ages 6 and up!

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FREE!

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Sponsored by Melodee Music, Rust Library, and the Loudoun Symphony

 

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How to Use this Directory

December 31, 2009

Welcome to our Loudoun Arts Directory! The point here is to help you (the artist and the citizen) find each other.

To the right, you will see the navigation side-bar. Just click on the category in which you’re interested. Entries are alphabetical by last name. For example, if you are looking for a guitar teacher, check out the Instrumental category under Arts Instruction and hopefully we’ll have a listing or two for you. If you are looking for a specific artist, try typing their name into the “Search Archives” box right underneath the categories. If they are listed, this will show where they appear.

If you are an artist, arts teacher, or arts organization or business, and would like to be listed, please email Lee at info@loudounarts.org. Keep in mind, we only list artists, arts organizations and businesses that are also LAC members. If you would like to be listed, but are not yet a member, you can easily join us HERE.