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posted Friday, March 23, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 12
SMC celebrates Beatlemania for upcoming concert
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SMC celebrates Beatlemania for upcoming concert

by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

Come Together
McCaw Hall
March 31-April 1


Dennis Coleman and Eric Lane Barnes, artistic director and associate artistic director of Seattle Men's Chorus and Seattle Women's Chorus, are constantly planning concerts, and must plan several concerts several years ahead. You can imagine a big file cabinet stuffed with songs and materials for possible future use.

Last year, they heard that the Atlanta Gay Men's Chorus did a show called All You Need Is Love and that it was filled with The Beatles' music. ELB, as Barnes is often known, said, '[Dennis] and I grew up with The Beatles' music and have loved them from the time we were kids. We frequently share material with other GALA choruses. It is great when we can import an entire show that has already been done by another chorus.'

So SMC is doing an all-Beatles concert called Come Together on March 31 (8 p.m.) and April 1 (2 p.m.) at McCaw Hall!

The Beatles had dozens of hits, so choosing what to sing must have been difficult. ELB explained, 'We could easily do three shows of nothing but Beatles music. The show covers a nice range of styles of Beatles songs. There were some songs we were all sorry to have left out, but there's no way we could include everyone's favorites in one show.'

You can bet on hearing almost every huge hit that The Beatles had. ELB created a special moment for Captain Smartypants where they 'depict a young men's fan club in 1966, the year The Beatles came to Seattle. In this scene, these young men express their admiration for the group, and sing a fan-song they composed for the occasion. Then the actual Beatles appear and all hell breaks loose.'

Another aspect to look forward to is a new talent in the dance world, Kate Wallich. She's already making a name for herself in the local dance scene and here puts her talents to use both as a choreographer of a troupe of five (herself and four others), but also does 'choralography' for the 200-man SMC.

Kate said, 'It was a huge experience for me to get in front of 200 men and show them, 'Do this.' I choreographed five songs. There's a part where the entire chorus does a wave and the dancers are onstage at the same time and it's a whole trippy scene.

'I've been working with my own group of dancers, too. I have five dancers and we are performing in five songs. I have a particular style, but have never done anything with Beatles songs. It's completely different doing pop songs. But now, I feel like I'm connecting with my silly side, the lighter side to my work now, even in my own personal work. I see it heightening my personal work in a new way.'

Kate points out that all ages have connections to The Beatles. 'I know The Beatles and have my own relationship with them, just as my parents do. It's cool to be able to have this common ground with the music. And the dancers just heighten that.'

Though audience members may want to sing along, ELB gently suggests that, if it's not sing-along time, people might want to be courteous to their fellow audience members. 'Other [audience] members might rather hear SMC sing than their seatmates.'

But he also says that everyone is really looking forward to this presentation. 'We haven't seen this much excitement about a show since our ABBA concert of several years ago. The chorus is loving singing the songs, and we sound damn good! There will be a number of songs brought to life in very fitting but surprising ways.'

For tickets or more information, go to www.flyinghouse.org or call the SMC box office at (206) 388-1400.

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