The other day, I posted the video of a tremendous performance of "76 Trombones" by the barbershop chorus, Ambassadors of Harmony, when they won their second International Chorus Competition in 2009, from the Barbershop Harmony Society. It was remarkable singing combined with pure showmanship.
Well, they won their third championship last year. This is that performance, a 12-minute medley of two songs. The first is the definition of simplicity itself, not an ounce of showmanship, just absolutely impeccable, breathtakingly gorgeous singing. "No Other Love" (no, not the Rodgers & Hammerstein song). But then...well, then, that's when they blast into a number that in a million years you would probably never pick it for a barbershop singing. "Step in Time" from the movie, Mary Poppins. And they have just one bejeepers of a fun time with it, as the showmanship explodes.
Which won them championship.
(Again, as before, I recommend watching this full-screen. You have to click on the YouTube link.)
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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