Vocal Corps, BSQ set for night of harmony

August 06, 1998|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Annapolis Vocal Corps, a seven-member a cappella group, and BSQ, a Maryland-based barbershop quartet, will take the stage Wednesday at Chesapeake Music Hall.

The home-grown Annapolis Vocal Corps has a history that could be transformed into a movie script. Eleven years ago, the rock 'n' roll band played Annapolis clubs where sound battles between musicians and customers were a nightly norm. So in defense, harmonica player, now AVC arranger, Paul Michael Nathan taught the band three a cappella numbers, which quieted and pleased the crowds so much the songs became top requests.

AVC continues to delight crowds that now often number in the thousands. The group has set a record number of appearances with the Orioles at Camden Yards, singing the national anthem every year since 1993.

The Annapolis Vocal Corps is made up of Nathan, Stan Fletcher, Ed Kuethe, Christopher Pippig, Rick Pleva, Jen Kuethe and Lynne Measley. They are friends and busy working professionals who get together for hourlong weekly rehearsals.

Nathan describes their sound as a "stew worked on for 10 years, with unique spices in voices of matching timbres, all focused on the blend."

Their programs range from jazz to rhythm and blues to rock to standard hits dating back to the 1930s. Wednesday's program will include: Cole Porter's "In the Still of the Night" and "I've Got You Under My Skin," Gus Kahn's "Dream a Little Dream," Motown's "Dancin' in the Street" and "Stray Cat Strutt" along with "The Power of the Holy Ghost."

BSQ, a Maryland-based barbershop group that AVC's Nathan describes as "as good as you'll hear," will share the stage Wednesday.

BSQ recently won third place in a field of 50 of the world's best quartets at the 1998 International Quartet Contest.

The quartet mixes humor with songs. BSQ does not concentrate on the standard barbershop repertoire, preferring to include Broadway composers in its program.

BSQ members are: tenor Rob Seay, lead and music teacher Kevin King; baritone Rick Taylor; and bass Al Mazzoni.

Doors open at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and the show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 10. Children 4 to 6 are free. Call Chesapeake Music Hall at 410-626-7515 or 1-800-406-0306 for additional information and reservations.

Pub Date: 8/06/98

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